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2-Day Spring Biochar Workshop

Growing Healthy Soils & Communities with BioChar at Sammamish Valley Farm

Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

2-Day Spring Biochar Workshop

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Come join us on the weekend of April 27-28 from 9:00am to 4:00pm!

This will be a fun, hands-on, and exciting opportunity to learn about the beneficial aspects of biochar. You will not only build a stove which you can take home, but you will also learn how to make and use biochar. On Sunday we will be heating up some yummy Chilli using a biochar stove!

Sunday participants should bring with them 4 tin cans.  These cans will provide our meal.  

  • Cans you will need: 

(1) approx. 32 oz. can (crushed or diced tomatoes)

(1) 46 oz. can (tomato juice)

(1) 15 oz. can (black beans, red beans or Pinto beans)

  • Tools you should bring if you have them: 

Box Knife

Screw Driver

Triangle Can Punch (can opener)

Metal file


Eye Protection

We look forward to seeing you at the farm!


What is biochar?

Biochar is a solid material obtained from the carbonisation of biomass. Biochar may be added to soils with the intention to improve soil functions and to reduce emissions from biomass that would otherwise naturally degrade to greenhouse gases. Biochar also has appreciable carbon sequestration value. These properties are measurable and verifiable in a characterisation scheme, or in a carbon emission offset protocol.

This 2,000 year-old practice converts agricultural waste into a soil enhancer that can hold carbon, boost food security and discourage deforestation. The process creates a fine-grained, highly porous charcoal that helps soils retain nutrients and water.

Biochar is found in soils around the world as a result of vegetation fires and historic soil management practices. Intensive study of biochar-rich dark earths in the Amazon (terra preta), has led to a wider appreciation of biochar’s unique properties as a soil enhancer.

Biochar can be an important tool to increase food security and cropland diversity in areas with severely depleted soils, scarce organic resources, and inadequate water and chemical fertilizer supplies.

Biochar also improves water quality and quantity by increasing soil retention of nutrients and agrochemicals for plant and crop utilization. More nutrients stay in the soil instead of leaching into groundwater and causing pollution.


What is Morethana Farm?

Located within the Sammamish Valley near the city of Woodinville, WA., Morethana Farm provides an opportunity to pursue robust Permaculture Design methods, convene an on-site educational field lab and training programs, and engage community collaboration on and beyond the farm.
Antioch University Seattle is partnering with Pacific Bamboo Resources, Sea Char, the 21 Acres Center for Local Food & Sustainable Living, the Sammamish Valley Alliance, and other local/ regional groups on the implementation of this new six-acre organic agriculture and agroforestry project!

When & Where

Morethana Farm (located at Sammamish Valley Farm). Enter at Classic Nursery drive way. 16215 140th Pl NE Woodinville, WA 98072)

Woodinville, WA

Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

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Growing Healthy Soils & Communities with BioChar at Sammamish Valley Farm

Supported by: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., Antioch University Seattle, Pacific Bamboo Resources, SeaChar, 21 Acres, Sammamish Valley Alliance, Sammamish Valley Grange, & Abundancia 

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