How can we recycle more organic matter from crop production and save water at the same time? What can we learn and apply from Native American practices?
During this workshop, learn how indigenous people used both compost and biochar technology to transform a jungle into a food forest. Generations of ancient cultures utilized a special burning practice for sustainable farming called “terra preta,” or biochar. Biochar is a form of charcoal suitable for use as a soil amendment (typically combined with compost) to increase agricultural crop yields and conserve nutrients and water.
Cuauhtemoc Villa and Raymond Baltar will show you how to adapt these indigenous practices for use in your home garden.
This is the last of a three-part workshop series with Cuauhtemoc Villa, an expert on Native American farming practices and on the making and use of bokashi, a fermented, anaerobic form of composting. He promotes sustainable agriculture development in his outreach programs for youths and adults, encouraging best-use practices for future generations.
Raymond Baltar is director of the Sonoma Biochar Initiative, a project of the Sonoma Ecology Center, and is also senior biochar projects manager for SEC.
To register for this workshop, click on the green link at the top right of this page. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins to complete the sign-in process. There may be some opportunities for hands-on work, so if you’d like to contribute please bring gloves and dress accordingly. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket and a water bottle, and dress in layers.