Biochar is essentially charcoal. Traditionally it has been produced by piling wood, covering it with earth and allowing it to slowly burn in a limited air environment. This method is still widely used today in many countries, however, it releases a large amount of the carbon in the biomass (about half) into the atmosphere. A more efficient way of producing biochar is through the process of pyrolysis - a method of combustion in the near or complete absence of oxygen. In addition to biochar, this process also creates gasses and bio-oils that have potential for fuel use (USBI, 2018).
Below are fact sheets and resources for people who are interested in making their land more sustainable through our Agriculture Resilience Plan. Please contact Carrie Brausieck with feedback or suggestions for our resources page at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-377-7014.