Scale, Sales & Marketing

Location

CC 162

Start Date

15-10-2013 1:30 PM

End Date

15-10-2013 2:50 PM

Session Description

Making Claims for Biochar: Kelpie Wilson

Cool Foods: David Yarrow, KAW Valley Biochar

OMRI Certification: Renel Anderson, Black Owl Biochar

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Kelpie Wilson is a writer and a mechanical engineer and the principal consultant at Wilson Biochar Associates. She has worked in the biochar field since 2007 as a project developer and writer for the International Biochar Initiative and as an independent consultant. She wrote a regular column as the environmental editor at Truthout.org from 2004-2008 and does freelance writing assignments for consumer and industry magazines and online publications. Kelpie has worked in the solar PV industry and for a startup doing R&D on Stirling cycle engines and has also been a tree hugger, an auto mechanic and a science fiction author. She has been living off-grid in the Oregon woods for 23 years, getting almost all of my power from solar PV and small hydro. Her favorite activity is making biochar at home and using it in the garden.

David Yarrow has dedicated his life to preparing humanity for confrontation with the finite limits of nature on a small planet. Through the 1970's, David started a variety of community food projects, and became involved in regional food and farm issues. In 1976, he helped start what became On the Rise whole grain bakery in downtown Syracuse, and he helped create Common Place Community Land Trust, an ecological community on 432 acres near Truxton, NY. After Three Mile Island David initiated statewide food and farm activism, including incorporating the NYS Coalition for Local Self Reliance, NYS Food Policy Council and Onondaga County Food System Council. In 1983 David organized the Founding Members meeting of the New York chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), initiated on-farm education workshops, started the NOFA-NY Organic Farm Certification program, wrote the first Certification Standards for NY, and helped organize the Organic Foods Production Association of North America (OFPANA) and the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA).

Commercial biochar business founder and organic farm owner with several years refining processes to make high-quality biochar for agriculture and environmental remediation. Active participant in organizations for the advancement of biochar in agriculture horticulture, nursery, composting and environmental solutions. In addition to doing independent trails in the effectiveness of biochars on her own organic farm, she also works with several universities and environmental firms in biochar research.

 
Oct 15th, 1:30 PM Oct 15th, 2:50 PM

Labeling Biochar Products

CC 162

Making Claims for Biochar: Kelpie Wilson

Cool Foods: David Yarrow, KAW Valley Biochar

OMRI Certification: Renel Anderson, Black Owl Biochar