Soil health and fertility is the key to healthy foods and healthy forests. Biochar is an important, low cost technique for increasing the availability of minerals and water needed for all living plants. Plus, we can make it right here in Hawaii with no importation costs. Come learn how to make biochar wherever you live. We will build and demonstrate a large scale garden or farm biochar system, and see a portable backyard system in action. The slow-burn method of turning tree waste into a valuable nutrient accelerator has roots in indigenous cultures and recent University of Hawaii research is helping us reclaim this process and develop methods that increase sustainability in Hawaii today. You have the option to participate in both lecture and/or hands-on building activities. Introduction is Saturday 9-12 and construction activities will be Saturday 2-5 and Sunday 10-2. BYO Lunch and wear outdoor clothing.
Workshop donation is $35, includes a biochar sampler for use in your own garden, and will help support One Island’s Summer Youth Camp scholarship fund. Location: Painted Church Rd., Honaunau. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org . www.one-island.org/hawaii.