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Pioneer Valley Bio Char Initiative and Prof. Richard Stein, UMASS
Guests will discuss use of “bio-char” (charcoal –produced soil “amendment”) to enhance soil fertility and increase crop yield while capturing carbon to reduce global warming.
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AMHERST, Mass. – The Pioneer Valley Biochar Initiative (PVBI) is presenting a 13-week seminar series, “Climate, Energy, Biochar and Agriculture,” beginning on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. in 113 Chenoweth Laboratory on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, to consider the role of these environmental factors in agriculture.
The series of one-hour presentations may be elected as a for-credit college course but they are also open to the public free of charge. Continuing education credits are also available by contacting organizers.
The local (PVBI) group is made up offarmers, foresters, professors, students and concerned citizens working to promote awareness of biochar’s ability to increase soil productivity and enhance crop health while sequestering atmospheric carbon. PVBI is affiliated with the international and U.S. biochar initiatives and the New England Small Farm Institute.
Biochar is a type of charcoal created from biomass such as yard and farm waste by anaerobic pyrolysis, to form a soil amendment that increases fertility, crop health and agricultural productivity. It was used in antiquity by Aztec farmers whose practices did not deplete the soil. It can protect against certain soil-borne plant and crop diseases, and in recent years has been put forward as a method of sequestering carbon to offset greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere with the potential to mitigate climate change. Biochar is a stable solid, rich in carbon that can endure in soil for thousands of years.