Biochar From the Ground Up

Monday, Jun 12, 2017 - Friday, Jun 16, 2017

12:00pm - 12:00pm

Biochar From the Ground Up
Dates: June 12th - June 16th
Place: Ecovillage Training Center, The Farm, Summertown, TN

Early Bird Registration until April 15th; $700
Registration; $800

Includes: Accommodations and Meals

Wondering where and how to stay up-to-date and connected with the biochar community this year? Come to the Farm for a unique biochar workshop where you can spend 4 days and nights of work and play with the biochar community. This event is geared towards people who have a basic understanding of biochar and want to delve deeper into alternative and practical uses of biochar. 

This workshop is focused on the use of biochar as a building material. There will be a balance of current state of research knowledge and hands-on practice with biochar use as a building material.


Kathleen Draper, Director of Ithaka Institute

Kathleen is a member of the IBI Board and Chair of IBI’s Information Hub. She is also the US Director of the Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence. The Institute is an open source network focusing on beneficial carbon sequestration strategies which simultaneously provide economic development opportunities both in the developed and developing world. She is an editor and writer for The Biochar Journal, sponsored by the Ithaka Institute. Kathleen also works with various different universities and individuals on projects that are investigating the use of biochar in cement and other building and packaging products to develop products with lower embodied carbon which can be made from locally available organic waste. She has written extensively about various topics related to biochar and is a co-author of the book “Terra Preta: How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change and Reduce World Hunger”.

Albert Bates, Director of Global Village Institute

Albert Bates is the author of The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change, The Post Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook and numerous books, films and new media on energy, environment and history. A former environmental rights lawyer, paramedic, brick mason, flour miller, and horse trainer, received the Right Livelihood Award in 1980 as part of the steering committee of Plenty, working to preserve the cultures of indigenous peoples, and board of directors of The Farm, a pioneering intentional community in Tennessee for the past 35 years. A co-founder and past president of the Global Ecovillage Network, presently GEN’s representative to the UN climate talks. When not tinkering with fuel wringers for algae or pyrolizing cookstoves, teaches permaculture, ecovillage design and natural building and is a frequent guest on the ETC Podcast.


June 12th

  • 4:00pm Welcome and Introduction

  • 5:00pm Social Hour

  • 6:00pm Dinner

June 13th

Morning Session: The Nitty-Gritty of Biochar

  • Production Parameters

  • Post-processing

  • Certifications

  • Analysis

Afternoon Session:Biochar Markets

  • Bedding/Litter

  • Feed: Livestock, Aquaculture

  • Human Food

  • Filtration

  • Sewage Sludge

  • Anaerobic Digestion

  • Remediation

June 14th

Morning Session: Biochar in Building Materials

  • Binder Basics

  • Concrete Basics

Relevant Biochar Properties Research & Literature Review

  • Blending Biochar into Concrete  

Afternoon Session:  Hands-on workshop

Biochar cement roof tiles

June 15th

Morning Session: Biochar Production

  • Technologies: home, farm & industrial scale

  • By products: heat, electricity, syngas, wood vinegar,

  • Pre & post processing

  • Regulatory framework

Afternoon Session: Hands-on Workshops

Plaster & Brick Making

June 16th

Morning Session: Tour of The Farm with a Look at Biochar Applications

  • Food Forest with Mark Hubbard (Farm Land Use Committee)

  • Compost Tea with Joe Dirt (Farm Manager)

  • Bamboo Biochar Production

  • Mushroom People with Frank Michael

Afternoon Session: Questions, Answers, and Wrap-Up Discussion

Event Location

The Ecovillage Training Center, 184 Schoolhouse Road
Summertown, TN, 38483

Event Fees

Early Bird Registration until Apr. 15th
$ 700.00
Regular Registration
$ 800.00