Appalachian Sustainable Development Guide to Biochar

Biochar: a New Soil Management Tool
for Farmers and Gardeners

Although biochar is a new concept to most, prominent environmentalists including Dr. James Lovelock, Bill McKibben and Dr. James Hansen have all talked about the promise of biochar as an amendment to improve soil fertility and sequester carbon in soil. More and more scientific research is published each year on biochar. Overall it seems biochar could be a useful tool in farmers’ toolbox, but as of yet it is difficult to find farmers who work with biochar, proven technologies to make biochar or biochar itself available for purchase.
Julie Major, PhD

International Biochar Initiative – This bulletin was produced thanks to the generosity of the Blue Moon Fund