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Biochar is a highly porous, charcoal-like carbon that is the key to carbon sequestration, soil biodiversity, water/nutrient retention, filtration, PH & ammonia neutralization & removal of various contaminants.

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How is Biochar Made

Biochar is produced through pyrolysis, a process in which agricultural waste such as plant matter, crop residue, manure or wood debris is heated in a low or zero oxygen environment. During the process, the water, and nutrients inside of the organic matter combusts leaving a highly porous charcoal-material that leaves microscopic pores giving a home to a diversity of microbes and bacteria. (Biochar can be thought of as a sponge, soaking up nutrients, toxic gases, and water that surrounds it.

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Worm Castings

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Liquid Fertilizer

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There is no 1 recipe to charge biochar, however charging biochar is the most important step! When charging, allow a minimum of 7-14 days for the nutrients and bacteria to make their way into the pores of the biochar. These components will slowly release back into your soil and create a diverse and nutrient rich char for many years to come!

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Biochar for Carbon Sequestration in Agriculture

When agriculture fields replace natural vegetation, topsoil is exposed and can dry out. The diversity and quantity of microorganisms that help to keep the soil fertile will decrease, and nutrients may wash out. Soil can be blown away by the winds or washed away by rains causing erosion. When you add in the many agrochemicals that farmers use to increase crop production, we are setting our soils up for failure. This is where biochar can reverse some of the harm that we’ve caused over many years. The carbon in biochar is highly resistant to further decay, so that when applied to agricultural soils, a portion of the original biomass carbon is effectively sequestered for decades, centuries, or even millennia. Biochar is a carbon-negative energy resource, producing energy while simultaneously sequestering carbon. Given the difficulty of the climate change problem, biochar may hold the solution to reversing the earth’s climate conditions and keep carbon in our soils!

Main Uses of Biochar

Soil Amendments

Enhances plant growth and reduces the need for water and fertilizer. Additionally, nutrients present in the soil are more available to plants, making good soil even better, and poor soil available to grow crops.

Water Filtration

Due to the highly absorbent nature of biochar it can capture and filter pollutants out of water, including metals and harmful chemicals. For this reason, biochar has been successfully used in the wastewater treatment process, landfills, and ponds.

Ammonia in Farms

Ammonia create unpleasant odors in barns and harms the respiratory health of the animals who breathe it (horses, chickens, cows, etc.). Because of the large surface area ammonia is captured in the biochar's matrix which reduces smell, leading to fewer flies, pathogens, and improved animals health.

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Terra Preta Soils

The technique of using charcoal to improve the fertility of soils originated in the Amazon basin at least 2500 years ago. The native Indians of the region would create charcoal, mix it with organic matter and broken pottery, and incorporate it in small plots of land. Terra Preta, as it is known in South America, remains highly fertile until today, even with little or no application of fertilizers.

Locations in Doylestown & Jamison, PA

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Doylestown Location

4094 Burnt House Hill Rd, Doylestown, PA 18902

Doylestown Hours

Monday - Friday: 7am - 5pm

Saturday: 7am - 3pm

Sunday: Closed

Jamison Location

2616 Rushland Rd, Jamison, PA 18929

Jamison Hours

Monday - Friday: 7am - 5pm

Saturday: 7am - 3pm

Sunday: Closed




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