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Biochar

The soil in most backyards and pots needs some intense TLC.

Erosion, unprecedented heat waves, torrential downpours, and other extreme weather events have put you & your soil through the wringer. Even indoor plants are feeling stressed these days.

Spending all your time trying to keep plants alive instead of watching them thrive is exhausting. Not only that, but the cost of feeding your plants is getting outrageous, and the environmentally-harmful chemicals from the store only seem to work for a little while before you need more.

Grow beautiful plants and provide habitat for beneficial microbes

Beautiful plants start with a biodiverse soil ecosystem (which is a vital component of healthy earth). Creating this environment in your soil starts with providing habitat + nutrition for your "micro-livestock." Biochar does just that. Its stability & porosity offers ideal long-term habitat for beneficial microbes.

Biochar also absorbs nutrients, holding them in the soil in a plant-accessible form and reducing runoff - meaning you can be sure when you apply biological teas, castings, or compost - that your plants will get the most out of each application.


Improve your soil structure

Biochar's unique qualities also improve drainage, moisture retention, and aeration. Since biochar is a stabilized carbon, it can improve soil long-term. (Its longevity also means you don't have to apply biochar all at once, and instead build up 2-5% each application until you reach the ideal 10% of your top 6-12" soil).


Save the world

How adding biochar to your garden saves the planet:

  • sequesters carbon

  • filters groundwater

  • binds heavy metals + toxins

  • reduces nutrient runoff

  • reduces erosion

  • treats acidic + saline soils

  • increases soil drainage and infiltration

  • assists in bioremediation

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We make our biochar on-farm with a blend of carbon-rich materials - most of which utilize "waste" (such as invasive honeysuckle + rose) and transform it *via pyrolysis in an open-fire kiln* into biochar. 


Activating the biochar is the next step, and we use various methods to "charge" biochar and ensure as much nutrient diversity as possible. This process creates a carbon-negative amendment that conditions soil and sequesters carbon - meaning it's good for the earth + you.

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Features

Long-lasting soil amendment = reduces applications.

Habitat for beneficial soil microbes.

Absorbs and slowly releases nutrients over time.

Works with a wide variety of soil types

Improves soil quality

Benefits

Improves drainage, moisture retention, aeration, and nutrient uptake = less maintenance and worry.

It supports healthy soil life, which sustains healthy plants.

Builds plant resilience to disease, pest, and weather stress.

Pricing

Uncharged
1-4 gallons = $7/gallon
5-9 gallons = $6.50/gallon
10-24 gallons = $6/gallon
25+ gallons = $5/gallon

Charged
1-4 gallons = $10/gallon
5-9 gallons = $9.50/gallon
10-24 gallons = $9/gallon
25+ gallons = $7/gallon

How to utilize biochar:

we offer two types of biochar - Charged biochar =(CB) and Uncharged (UN). (See FAQ for more info)


Compost Pile Booster (CB)(UN)

Supercharge your compost pile and cut down on any odors by adding biochar. You can aim for 80/20 compost/biochar. Aging your compost with biochar (COMBI method) is more effective than applying them alone.


Bed Preparation (CB)

(1 gallon = approx 8 sq.ft. ) Mix biochar into the top 4" of soil. You can aim to apply biochar over time and build up to the ideal 10% over a few applications. You can see change with as little as a 2% application.


Existing/perennial plantings (CB) (UN - top dress only)

Apply and lightly incorporate in or leave as a top dressing. Mix with equal parts compost. One gallon of biochar will cover 50-60 sq. ft. Keep moist for the first few days. Top dressing will act as a weed barrier.

Vegetable + Flower Beds (CB) (UN- top dress only)

Topdress biochar with an equal amount of worm castings or compost around existing plantings and incorporate lightly or at the end of the year. Using a broadfork, integrate biochar mix deeper in the soil profile without destroying the soil structure.

10 gallons will cover approx—45 sq. ft.

In sapped soils

Apply a 70/30 compost/biochar mix and incorporate it via broadforking. Wait a few weeks after application before seeding with a diverse cover crop. Incorporate cover crop before flowering. Repeat the process until the ground reaches 10% biochar in its top 6-8".


Animal + Poultry Supplement

Uncharged biochar is an excellent filtration medium and perfect for several "clean-up" duties that simultaneously charge biochar. At the end of its usability, it's ready to go in the garden.

Use biochar at the bottom of your bird coop/cage to absorb smell and excess nutrients. It will stain feet (not harmful but undesired in the case of egg layers), so make sure to cover with at least 1" of bedding.

You can also use biochar in stalls, pens, and other locations where nutrient absorption and odor control are needed.

You can even use it to filter your pond, be sure to rinse the biochar thoroughly with water to remove any residual ash - as this can increase the pH levels, harming fish.