Policy & Community Engagement

Session Title

Synergistic Communities for Biochar

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Jonathan Bates presentation

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Albert Bates presentation

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Peter Hirst presentation

Location

CC 165

Start Date

16-10-2013 1:30 PM

End Date

16-10-2013 2:50 PM

Session Description

Biochar & Permaculture: Albert Bates

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afaKoWXsRiU


Biochar & Aquaponics: Jonathan Bates

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c21drA2KS4

Jonathan will present his experience using biochar as a powerful growing medium in aquaponic systems. Aquaponics being the culturing of fish and plants together ecologically in closed systems (the merging of aquaculture and hydroponics). Biochar grow media benefits aquaponic systems in multiple ways, including its light weight, local sourcing, bio-chemical qualities, ecological nature, and affordable price. Through pictures and discussion he will show how his experiment has faired, and offer ideas for economic opportunities of aquaponic biochar in the Northeast.

Biochar & the Klamath Hydro Settlement: Peter Hirst

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwOLDW-srGo

The goal of the Klamath River Restoration Project is to reduce the massive influx of agricultural nutrients into Upper Klamath Lake and its resultant algae blooms, thereby reducing the extensive eutrophication of the Lower Klamath Lake and environs, and vastly improve water quality and ag nutrient management in the region, ultimately cleaning up the entire headwater system of the Klamath River, historically a critical habitat for important populations of endangered and threatened salmon and other fish species. This presentation discusses the many ways biochar is being proposed and considered – in restoration and treatment wetlands, in stream and onshore filtration, buffer zone and broadcast runoff control, nutrient recover and recycling and renewable energy replacement for dam removal – in this massive engineering project.

Bio and Photo

Albert Bates has been director of the Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology since 1984 and of the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Tennessee since 1994. His remarkable achievements include decades of support for indigenous people and the teaching of sustainable design, permaculture and technologies of the future to students from more than 50 nations, co-founding the Global Ecovillage Network and The Farm Ambulance Service, and inventing the concentrating photovoltaic arrays and solar-powered automobile displayed at the 1982 World's Fair. Bates is a former attorney who has argued environmental and civil rights cases before the US Supreme Court and has drafted a number of legislative acts. Bates is the author of Climate in Crisis (1990) and The Biochar Solution (2010) and the recipient of the first Right Livelihood Award (1980) and the Gaia Award (2012). Since the mid-1980s, Bates has been planting a private forest to sequester carbon dioxide and related greenhouse gas emissions from travel, business and personal activities. At 40 acres under mixed-age, mixed-species, climate-resilient management, primarily being managed for ecosystem services, that forest now annually plants itself as it expands.

Along with enjoying life with his family and friends, Jonathan Bates runs Food Forest Farm, a business specializing in permaculture education and sales of useful and edible plants. He’s been creating rural and urban gardens for over a decade, and is a co-designer and healthy inhabitant of the low-maintenance, resilient, abundantly diverse edible forest garden featured in the book Paradise Lot. This last year he designed and build his first bioshelter greenhouse that includes a temperate solar powered aquaponic system filtered with biochar. With an M.A. in Social Ecology, Jonathan thrives on working with others to better the world we live in. To find out more visit FoodForestFarm.com

Peter Hirst has been a natural resources and energy professional for 30 years, with 5 years of biochar management, production and training experience in his and Bob Wells’s company, New England Biochar, LLC. He works full time making and applying biochar, developing production equipment and practices, teaching and training in all phases of community scale biochar practice.

 
Oct 16th, 1:30 PM Oct 16th, 2:50 PM

Synergistic Communities for Biochar

CC 165

Biochar & Permaculture: Albert Bates

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afaKoWXsRiU


Biochar & Aquaponics: Jonathan Bates

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c21drA2KS4

Jonathan will present his experience using biochar as a powerful growing medium in aquaponic systems. Aquaponics being the culturing of fish and plants together ecologically in closed systems (the merging of aquaculture and hydroponics). Biochar grow media benefits aquaponic systems in multiple ways, including its light weight, local sourcing, bio-chemical qualities, ecological nature, and affordable price. Through pictures and discussion he will show how his experiment has faired, and offer ideas for economic opportunities of aquaponic biochar in the Northeast.

Biochar & the Klamath Hydro Settlement: Peter Hirst

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwOLDW-srGo

The goal of the Klamath River Restoration Project is to reduce the massive influx of agricultural nutrients into Upper Klamath Lake and its resultant algae blooms, thereby reducing the extensive eutrophication of the Lower Klamath Lake and environs, and vastly improve water quality and ag nutrient management in the region, ultimately cleaning up the entire headwater system of the Klamath River, historically a critical habitat for important populations of endangered and threatened salmon and other fish species. This presentation discusses the many ways biochar is being proposed and considered – in restoration and treatment wetlands, in stream and onshore filtration, buffer zone and broadcast runoff control, nutrient recover and recycling and renewable energy replacement for dam removal – in this massive engineering project.