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Biochar-Ancient Knowledge for a Modern World

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Casa De Miel

16901 Albert Voelker Road

Elgin, TX 78621

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10a-noon: Building a healthy, diverse microbiome in soil. Scientists say we know more about the heavens and what goes on there than we do about the few inches of soil under our feet. Led by Austin Permaculture Guild CO-Director,Taelor Monroe, this class will show that soil is an entire ecosystem, full of life. Science still has many questions about how soil functions. We will explore what is known about what takes place underground. Come learn about the soil food web and what part each species plays in the production of rich, healthy soil. Key players in the soil food web are bacteria and fungi, which we cover in great depth during the workshop. Soil health is crucial for all forms of life, providing healthy plants, nutrient dense foods, and mitigatting climate change by sequestering carbon in soil. Learn known, healthy and sustainable soil management practices you can use to restore this crucial living resource, help it thrive and sustain it once it is brought back to health.

1-4p: Tony C. Saladino of ECO-Tours of Wisconsin Inc. will present detailed information on the six steps required to make biochar. Tony first learned about biochar (aka terra preta) through Archaeology and has spent the last ten years re-discovering the ancient practice. This, over seven thousand year old technology, breathes life into soil, fixing carbon as a honeycomb matrix of microscopic tubules. (see SEM, image above) These tiny pores add fourteen acres of surface area per handful to soil! When treated properly this molecular sponge supports a plethora of soil microbial communities, whose inhabitants and their waste products feed plant roots directly. Using biochar doubles crop production, increases water holding capacity, protects both surface and groundwater from contamination reducing the threat of both flood and drought. Biochar sequesters carbon forever maintaining soil health for geologic time.

4-5p, Mike Wolfert of Symbiosis will conduct an on-site tour of the food forest permaculture system that has been installed at Casa De Miel. This living laboratory combines carbon-smart parctices as well as nutrient and water holding capacity with an educational focus. Here, the benefits of building a food forest are real and help us understand the value of diverse communities and how they enhance our human environment as well. It is both living proof of concept and an example of one of many ways humans can give back to nature while being sustained by it for many decades into the fiuture.

We invite everyone to come with a hunger for knowledge and their curiosity intact and we are working diligently to make this a fun and rewarding program. To this end, we are making an effort to provide a number of scholarships for anyone of limited financial means and/or who is experiencing a legacy of oppression. Please contact Tony directly to apply for these scholarships.

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