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Biochar Expo comes to UCC for soil improvement education

Umpqua Biochar Education Team is planning its annual Biochar Expo for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Danny Lang Event Center at Umpqua Community College to teach the public about making and using biochar to improve soil.

Biochar, or charcoal combined with compost, manure and other nutrients, creates an amendment for building soil structure and retaining soil water.

In the past, the expo has been held at the Discovery Garden at River Forks Park, but this year it will feature the work of the UCC Welding Department, which has created biochar kilns for UBET's Biochar Farms and Compost project.

UBET's goal is to fabricate biochar kilns for farmers and gardeners at all scales. Volunteers designed flame cap kilns that produce little smoke pollution from wood that would otherwise go to waste.

The Expo will begin with presentations and short films on biochar science. After a lunch break, volunteers will demonstrate several biochar technologies, including the UCC Welding Department's kilns.

UBET also encourages participants to check out the UCC Harvest Festival that will be held at the same time on campus.

Reporter Emily Hoard can be reached at 541-957-4217 or ehoard@nrtoday.com. Or follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

Emily Hoard is a business and outdoor reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at ehoard@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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