biochar market development projects

The Biochar Bonus

Earth FoundriesTM’ Biochar Projects aim to demonstrate how biochar benefits the bottom line.  Building market pull for biochar ultimately lowers the cost of forest management projects.  Lower cost means more projects.  More projects mean healthier forests.

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Poultry Manure
Poultry Manure
Bioswale
Stormwater Remediation/Bioswale
Compost
Compost
Dairy Manure
Dairy Manure

About Our Market Development Projects

There’s already significant research suggesting biochar is beneficial to plant growth and water retention when amended in soil.  These projects, funded by the US Forest Service and CAL FIRE, aim to demonstrate the techno-economic benefits of incorporating biochar into high volume applications that have the potential to consume large volumes of biochar. These applications are green composting, stormwater remediation/bioswales and manure management. 

Our Projects

These project areas were chosen because they represent high volume applications that could consume a lot of biochar, and significant previous research points to biochar improving their outcomes.

Green Waste/Biochar Co-Composting​
We will combine green waste with biochar in Napa Recycling's C.A.S.P. composting system in Napa, CA and measure composting performance to understand composting rates and VOC emissions in particular. Our hypothesis is that by adding biochar to green compost we will increase throughput and reduce VOC off-gassing in addition to providing an improved compost.​
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Stormwater Management: Biochar-Amended Bioswale​
With ReScape as our design/install partner, we will incorporate biochar into the construction of a bioswale at Veggielution Farms in San Jose, CA and measure the water-holding and filtration capabilities of the upgraded bioswale. Our hypothesis is that the biochar-amended bioswale will reduce runoff, filter impurities and lead to more robust plant growth.
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Grant Partners

US Forest Service

US Forest Service Wood Innovation Grant

These projects are funded in part by a USFS Wood Innovation Grant

CalFire

CAL FIRE Business Development Grant

These projects are funded in part by a grant from CAL FIRE Wood Products & Bioenergy

Valley Water, Safe, Clean Water

This project was made possible by Valley Water through the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program

Project Partners & Contributors

Our mission at Agromin is to cultivate a planet that is truly sustainable – one container, one community and one city at a time. 

Our premium soils, composts and mulches are created from recycled organic matter and carefully enhanced by science to sustainably renew our planet. They are naturally rich and ready for use in farms, landscapes and gardens.

The Guadalupe-Coyote Resource Conservation District (GCRCD) is an independent special district of the state of California dedicated to the conservation of natural resources in Santa Clara County.

The mission of the District is to provide education and technical assistance to constituents and watershed stakeholders to sustainably manage soil, water and wildlife with the best available science.   

Napa Recycling & Waste Services and Napa County Recycling & Waste Services are local full-service companies with parent companies that have served the region for over a century.

We are happy to provide all of the City of Napa and southern unincorporated Napa County with efficient, economical & sustainable services.

ReScape is a nonprofit organization that educates about and advocates for a whole-systems regenerative approach to landscaping that works in harmony with the natural world and addresses the changing environment.

Foundational to our work is a whole systems watershed framework that acknowledges that one landscaping input affects the whole ecosystem.

Sonoma Ecology Center works to address challenges related to water supply and quality, open space, rural character, biodiversity, community engagement and social equity, energy, climate change, and a better quality of life for all residents.

Its mission is to work with communities and other organizations to identify and lead actions that achieve and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley and throughout California.

The mission of Veggielution is to connect people from diverse backgrounds outdoors through food and farming to build community in East San José.

We utilize a unique community farm model that mobilizes volunteers to cultivate and grow healthy crops, which are then made available to our program participants and other local residents.

Weber Family Farms is a fourth generation Sonoma County family farm that has been producing fresh eggs since 1912. Today we are one of a handful of Petaluma egg producers whose fresh eggs are consumed by families throughout Northern California.

 We proudly serve the local organic farming community with our line of Petaluma’s Finest certified organic fertilizers. More Info.

VALLEY VIEW DAIRY

Eugene and Christine Camozzi can say that the dairy lifestyle is in their blood.  Both have grandfathers who began their own dairy farms in the early 1900s. Eugene and Christine have been running their family dairy since 1986 and became certified organic in 2006.

Working on the dairy is a passion and a pleasure for the Camozzi family. Together with six employees, they are bringing the traditions of the past and the benefits of organic dairying into the future.

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