Biochar can be used to add nutrients back into the soil. Plant matter is burned without oxygen to create a charcoal like substance that can be used in farming and gardening.

You might have heard of biochar before. It’s looks and feels like charcoal and many people are adding it to their farms and gardens.

Logan Bennett is the Small Farms Program Outreach Coordinator at the Oregon State University Extension. He can be contacted at logan.bennett@oregonstate.edu and 541-236-3015.

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Good article. Thanks.

I've been making biochar here on the farm for about 14 years now, and I've bought biochar, too. We used it in our chicken houses; it absorbs moisture, smells, the ammonia, and so on, and then goes into the compost pile with the ammonia and other nutrients.

The late Douglas County Commissioner Joe Laurance championed production of biochar in the woods. I think he was just ahead of his time.

Industrial-scale biochar production is a good thing, too. Microwave pyrolysis, it seems to me, with interruptible electrical energy, biogas production, and cogeneration would be a nice match. (<--bad pun).

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