An Introduction to Biochar by Mark Williamson (Biochar workshop facilitator)

Two significant developments in soil management in recent years can have important improvements for anyone interested in managing soils. Bio-Char and high fungal composts are both individually significant and the combination of both is greater than the sum of the parts. Both were demonstrated on the 22nd of July 8:30am at the Moss Vale Community Garden Centre.

Through seeing various examples of charcoal production and then inoculating the char it was hoped that participants were be able to produce this important soil amendment. Related to the inoculation process, a demonstration setup and management of a Johnson-Su high fungal compost system was also part of the day’s activities.

There is lots of debate about the long-term significance of these processes in the global context. Being able to efficiently produce and gain advantage from these processes is an excellent way to both enhance our own results and improve agricultural outcomes wherever the larger debate ends up.

These techniques are relevant to anyone seeking good soil outcomes. Farmers, orchardists, gardeners, reveg practitioners, and landscapers will benefit from gaining these skills and understanding their benefits.

Knowing how these beneficial processes are done is an important first step.