MANHATTAN, Kan. – The “Biochar: Know It, Use It, Make It” workshop will be held in Norton, Kansas, on October 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Bullseye Event Center. The workshop is designed for individuals that are interested in using biochar as a value-added component in composting, gardening, farming, windbreak management, or improving their soils and rangelands.

The half-day workshop will cover the basics of what biochar is and how it affects soil chemistry from the nano- to macro- scale.  Participants will also learn, first hand, how to make biochar through a demonstration at the Norton Community Garden.

Kelpie Wilson, of Wilson Biochar Associates, will be the primary presenter.  She has over 30 years’ experience with renewable energy, sustainable forestry, and resource conservation.

The workshop is being offered through a cooperative effort of:  Twin Creeks Extension District; Norton Community Garden Coalition; Almena State Bank; The First State Bank; Kansas Forest Service; Kansas Forestry Association; and, the Great Plains Biochar Initiative (GPBI).  The mission of GPBI is to promote a greater understanding and use of biochar throughout the region.  It is funded through the USDA Forest Service and consists of a partnership between the Kansas Forest Service, Nebraska Forest Service, Wilson Biochar Associates, and High Plains Biochar, LLC.

Biochar is created from organic matter and stored in the soil as a means of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It is similar to charcoal in both its production and composition. Biochar production has been identified as a way to utilize waste wood following tree removal, forestry thinning, or from storm damage.

There is no cost to attend, but, to plan for food and materials, participants must register by Friday, October 19.   Registrations can be made through the online ticket link or by calling the Twin Creek Extension District at 785-877-5755. Lunch is provided.