Do you have a hankering to learn how to convert your hard-to-compost organics into something useful? This upcoming workshop will not only show you how to carbonize all sorts of unloved biomass that you have littering your yard or farm, but it will also show the various ways that your biochar can be used. In collaboration with Hunt Country Winery and Dr. Johannes Lehman of Cornell University, I will be co-hosting a hands-on biochar workshop on Saturday, April 28th from 11 – 3pm. The event will be held at the lovely and very sustainable Hunt Country vineyard in Branchport, NY. Attendees will get to see all the impressive measures Hunt Country has taken to become more sustainable, they are true leaders within the state when it comes to renewable energy use (e.g. extensive geothermal and solar usage on-farm) and other sustainable initiatives.
Attendees will also learn about the depth and breadth of expertise at Cornell University when it comes to biochar. Cornell has a world-class pyrolysis machine now capable of making biochar out of many different forms of biomass. They also have top-notch laboratory skills. This is a rare opportunity for New Yorkers – though we welcome non-NYers too – to come ask questions of your land grant university’s finest!
An increasing number of New Yorkers are becoming interested in biochar and want to move beyond just learning. Gatherings such as this one allow individuals to meet, mingle and begin collaborating with other like minded New Yorkers. You will be able to make your own biochar and start testing it in your soils, your compost and beyond. Come join us for several hours of education, a sumptuous lunch and stay on for happy hour!
To register for the event, head on over to the Hunt Country events page.
Hope to see you there!