Biochar

Benefits include improved soil structure, terroir and plant health

Biochar also enhances root growth — you can SEE and TASTE the difference

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Biochar & Biology Hands-On Learning in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, December 10-11, 2018. 

What is Biochar?

Biochar is a solid material obtained from the carbonization of biomass.It is a fine-grained, highly porous charcoal that enhances soil by retaining nutrients and water.

Customers use SymSoil as a biochar activator
 to enhance terrior. 

This is achieved through reduced compaction, improved porosity, cation exchange, increased pH, retained water, improved hydaulic conductivity, promoted growth of microorganisms and
sequestered CO2. 

Biochar Improves the Environment by:

  • Reducing nitrous oxide emissions 50-80%
  • Reducing phosphorous and nitrogen in groundwater
  • Increasing soil carbon and reducing atmospheric CO2
  • Reducing forest fuel load
  • Sequestering carbon

0% biochar on left
​20% biochar on right

Corn in poor soil on left
Biochar amended soil on right

SYMSOIL BIOCHAR OPTIONS

Touch Soil

Biochar by the cubic foot, yard or truckload

We start with the best biochar we can find (and we search far and wide!). Then fully condition and colonize with the Symsoil biology, and ready for application, so it will boost the performance of even your best soil.
Touching dirt

Fungal Infused Biochar

 
Early versions of these products are available. We are seeking partners to test biologically active products designed for the saltier and more alkaline non-potable water, and the harsher environmental conditions associated with parking lots and asphalt heat deserts.
 
SymSoil, as a company, focuses on microbial diversity for soil health, and recolonizing native soil biomes and using biology to improve drought tolerance through soil porosity and water retention.

Carbon Sequestration

Fungi in healthy, living soil can pull 4 to 9 tons of carbon dioxide out of the air, per acre, per year.

Research by Rodale Institute

Research by David Johnson suggests the number might be higher.

Join Your Local Carbon Network

SymSoil Biochar Classes in Northern California

Join us in a class for your co-op or community about how to create biochar with a farm’s agricultural waste. SymSoil’s team can come to your farm to do a burn or create compost. We can create a sustainable process that works in your farm for future seasons.
 
To learn more about currently booked Biochar Burn Classes at other locations, or to book a burn at your location, contact info@symsoil.com.

Want to Learn More?

Check Out The Articles Below

Intro to Biochar

Learn the basics about Biochar.

Biochar in Vineyards

by Hans-Peter Schmidt

Biochar in Viticulture New Results

by Hans-Peter Schmidt and Claudio Niggli

Plant growth improvement mediated by nitrate capture in co-composted biochar

by Claudia I. Kammann, Hans-Peter Schmidt, Nicole Messerschmidt, Sebastian Linsel, Diedrich Steffens, Christoph Müller, Hans-Werner Koyro, Pellegrino Conte, Stephen Josep