Wayne Wadsworth - Permaculturist, Design sustainable systems
This book is dedicated to Geoff Moxham, our much-loved
barefoot scientist who was taken from us prematurely in an
accident while developing a public domain Biochar system.
Biochar is crushed charcoal made in a pyrolysis system that
turns unstable woody carbon into stable carbon that can last
thousands of years in the soil. It has the potential to draw
excess carbon from the atmosphere and store it in productive
farm soils, thereby reversing the Greenhouse effect.
In his foreword to the book, Tim Flannery states that
“Biochar may represent the single most important initiative
for humanity’s environmental and agricultural future”.
Other noted scientists and commentators, such as James
Lovelock, of Gaia fame, and Al Gore share Flannery’s view.
This book is a very worthwhile read for anyone interested
in Biochar, its properties and how it can be a major part of
the solution for stabilising the global climate.
The book has very good explanations of pyrolysis, which
is (currently) the best and most environmentally healthy
way of making Biochar, with pictures and simple ideas for making small backyard pyrolysis systems.
Various authors contribute to the book
and add to its appeal, while the main author,
Paul Taylor, puts in simple explanations for
the backyard barefoot Biochar enthusiast,
but the book will also appeal to those
who want to know more about the science
behind this emerging technology.
A Biochar hands-on education camp will be held from 9am
Saturday, 30th April, to noon on Wednesday, 4th May, at
Eagle Farm Eco Park at Tyagarah Airstrip, near Byron Bay.
Learn about proﬁtable carbon capture and storage farming
while improving farm productivity. The camp will provide
experience in making Biochar kilns and gasiﬁcation stoves for
small and medium scale use with presenters, doctors Hugh
McLaughlin, Paul Anderson and Paul Taylor.
Cost for the ﬁve days is $440, including food, reduced to
$349 for early birds (by 17th April). Weekend and single day
passes are also available, contact Paul Taylor on (02) 6679-
5279, email email@example.com for bookings.
Source: http://www.nimbingoodtimes.com/archive/pages2011/apr2011/NGT-0411-14-21.pdf (page 17)