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Biochar is charcoal used as a soil amendment - it is a stable solid, rich in carbon, and can endure in soil for thousands of years. Like most charcoal, biochar is made from biomass via pyrolysis. Independently, biochar can increase soil fertility of acidic soils (low pH soils), increase agricultural productivity, and provide protection against some foliar and soil-borne diseases. Biochar is being investigated as an approach to carbon sequestration, and thus has the potential to help mitigate climate change via carbon sequestration.

Why Biochar?

Compiled by Peter Howard (Byron Bay) PhD Molecular Genetics in partnership with Compost Central Byron Bay.

Dramatic benefits for plants and soil

  • Increase crop productivity
  • Maximize plant & soil health
  • Raise food nutrient content 
  • Optimize and buffer soil pH 
  • Improve water holding capacity
  • Lock carbon back into the ground
  • Reduce fertiliser requirements
  • Diminish nutrient loss from soil 

Making High Quality Biochar On Site with Ease

Turning waste into a valuable product

  • Locally fabricate a proven and highly effective biochar kiln 
  • All green waste (fronds, branches, husks etc) is collected & dried
  • Easily teach the fire tending process to maximize biochar product 
  • 1000 litres of high quality biochar from a 6 hour burn 
  • Minimal smoke production during burn with heat shield on kiln

Synergy Of Compost Worms Plus Biochar

Add biochar to the compost worm diet

  • Healthier worms
  • Higher worm density 
  • Faster reproduction
  • Increase the quantity and quality of worm casts and tea 

Add worm tea and castings to the biochar

  • Capture bioavailable nutrients on binding surfaces of the biochar 
  • Friendly soil bacteria seeded into biochar substructure