February 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Circle Bar Ranch
25700 Arnold Dr
Sonoma, CA 95476
Raymond Baltar

(Note: this event was postponed from the previous week due to rain.)

Don’t burn your piles until you have taken this short course!

The Sonoma Biochar Initiative and the Sonoma Ecology Center are pleased to announce a Conservation Burn and Biochar Workshop at Circle Bar Ranch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26. These workshops feature both hands-on, in-the-field training and a classroom style component.

The morning classroom lecture will focus on biochar itself, including why it works to improve soil, the benefits of using it in both animal and plant agriculture, how to properly condition it prior to use, and how to apply it. Conservation burn theory and methodology will also be covered along with safety and permitting considerations, pile construction, burn management, and maximizing production of biochar. The outdoor session will include hands-on field training using a pile of vines and vine trimmings.

Workshop proceeds help support programs at the Sonoma Biochar Initiative and the Sonoma Ecology Center.

By replacing conventional open burn methods with the conservation burn farmers can significantly reduce emissions (visible smoke) from agricultural burns in your community while also producing biochar, a valuable soil amendment, in the process.

Who should attend: Anyone with woody surplus who normally does an open burn, or who is interested in biochar, such as:

Vineyard, orchard and row crop managers
Cannabis farmers
Land managers
Environmental Sciences Students
Forestry and tree contractors
Fire Service Personnel

Attendees that wish to help should come ready to do some physical labor to help manage the burn piles. Please wear ONLY fire retardant or heavy cotton clothing (NO polyester), heavy work gloves, eye cover, and leather work boots if you wish to participate.

The Workshop fee is $65, or $25 for students with a valid ID.

Note: It appears at this time that we will have good weather for the event, however if rain is forecast or it is a “Spare the Air” day the workshop will be postponed. The biomass needs to be sufficiently dry for a successful conservation burn. We will contact all registrants by Thursday January 25th at 5 P.M. to let you know one way or another. You can request a refund if you can’t make the new date.