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Biochar Revolution Workshop



Sunday, November 22, 2015 10am-4pm

at the Kaua`i Food Forest

located at Malama Kaua`i’s Community Farm, Wai Koa Plantation, Kahiliholo Road, Kalihiwai

Registration fee is $35. Tickets available here

Biochar is an inexpensive carbon-negative soil amendment that can double your yield while reducing your fertilizer and water needs. 

This workshop will be of great interest to backyard gardeners, farmers, ranchers, and anybody who wants to learn about biochar.

You will learn about:

the multiple benefits of biochar

how agriculture can improve the climate and heal the soil

how to build simple devices to make biochar

making biochar/compost/mineral blends and more

Includes a live demonstration of biochar making with fire

This is a special opportunity to learn from one of the world’s foremost authorities and researchers on biochar, Dr. Paul Taylor.

Workshop Schedule:

10am-noon: Paul gives an in-depth presentation on the history and modern utilization of biochar around the world, with Q & A.

Noon-12:30pm Potluck lunch and talk story.

12:30-1pm A brief tour of the Kaua`i Food Forest with manager Paul Massey.

1-4pm  Live demonstration of multiple biochar making processes led by Paul Taylor. We will stay on site until the biochar making process is complete which may extend to 6pm.

Workshop instructor:

Paul Taylor PhD • Paul graduated with the University medal in physics from the University of New South Wales, Australia, received his PhD from the University of Colorado, and worked at the Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and MIT. He is the editor and lead contributor of the book The Biochar Revolution: Transforming Agriculture & Environment, is a global presenter on the subject, and developer of the Kon-tiki biochar kiln. Paul lives in Australia and the US, researching and presenting on biochar and climate change. More information about his work can be accessed at

Copies of The Biochar Revolution will be available for purchase.

What to bring:

Water, mosquito protection (long sleeved shirt & pants, bug repellent), potluck offering, notebook & pen or digital note taking device, camera.

Registration fee is $35. Tickets available here


From the South:

Pass the Shell station in Kilauea, then pass the mini-golf course on the left. Make the next left onto Kahiliholo Road. There is a left turn lane and you will see a large sign saying “Kalihiwai Ridge.” (See below for more).


From the North:

Cross the Kalihiwai bridge, then make the next right onto Kahiliholo Road. You will see a large sign saying “Kalihiwai Ridge.”


From both directions:

Once you are on Kahiliholo Road in 1/2 mile there is a sign for “Pepperwood Plantation” on the right. Pass it and as the road curves to the right take the next left into a large driveway with a yellow flag. Go through the stone gate, and drive straight ahead. You will pass the community garden on your right. Park on the right just beyond the garden.


By bus:

The nearest stops are in Kilauea and across from the Shell station and at Anaina Hou Community Park.