The International Biochar Initiative provides a platform for the international exchange of information and activities in support of biochar research, development, demonstration and commercialization.
The US Biochar Initiative is a not-for-profit organization promoting the sustainable production and use of biochar through research, policy, technology and doing it!
Sustainable Obtainable Solutions is a non-profit organization dedicated to the sustainability of public lands and the plant, animal and human communities that depend on them.
The New England Small Farm Institute (NESFI) is a land-based, non-profit organization that encourages more sustainable regional agriculture and promotes small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning and transitioning farmers.
The Pioneer Valley Biochar Initiative (in Massachusetts) is a group of farmers, foresters, professors, students and concerned citizens, promoting biochar as a soil amendment that can increase soil productivity and enhance crop health when incorporated into farm, forest and garden soils.
Backyard Biochar is a website that collects news and information on promising backyard biochar methods, worldwide.
The Sonoma Biochar Initiative (SBI) is a project of the Sonoma Ecology Center (SEC) [www.sonomaecologycenter.org], and is dedicated to promoting biochar education, production and use throughout Sonoma County, California.
CharGrow LLC produces and sells high-quality “loaded” biochar to build soil and capture carbon while using the process energy to generate heat and electricity. This website also contains a concise summary of the results of seven years of field trials in conjunction with Virginia Tech – look under “Results for CharGrow”.
The Biochar Company sells commercial-scale biochar equipment (incorporating Biochar Solutions, Inc.) and SoilReef brand biochars and blends.
The Sullivan Center for Sustainable Agriculture (in Sullivan, NH) is a CSA and consists of a small-scale, permaculture-based organic farm and orchard, a biochar production program, and an educational center.
Cornell University has been one of the leading research centers for biochar. It’s website includes an extensive list of references to scientific papers related to biochar.
The Biochar Revolution website is a global hub for the biochar industry.
The Ithaka Institute is conducting research into the foundations of a positive climate agriculture with high biodiversity, with a focus on biochar.
The Dr TLUD website is a comprehensive online reference for TLUD biochar technology.
A BBC television program back in 2002 that generated significant interest in biochar.
Please visit our Biochar YouTube playlist (including a link to the full “Secret of El Dorado – Terra Preta” documentary):
Also, please visit John Newlin’s Google+ website, which contains some videos on Vimeo about biochar.
Photos and videos taken by Kelpie Wilson at the November 2014 Biochar School at Swallow Valley Farm in Sonoma, California:
Biochar in agriculture by Jon Nilsson in 2008: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd16/PF/presentations/sids2.pdf
Biochar overview by Hugh Laughlin in 2014:
A 2008 Iowa State University study of slow pyrolysis vs. fast pyrolysis vs. gasification:
Reports, Papers and Articles
The 2014 report by the International Biochar Initiative (IBI) on the state of the biochar industry.
A 2008 Iowa State University study of slow pyrolysis vs. fast pyrolysis vs. gasification (paper and poster):
A 2008 paper by David Laird of Iowa State University on biochar’s potential to produce bioenergy and permanently sequester carbon, while improving soil and water quality.
Journal of Environmental Quality 2012 article on the Environmental Benefits of Biochar by James Ippolito, David Laird (Iowa State University), and Warren Busscher:
Charles Mann, author of 1491 ( the book that is widely credited with boosting awareness of terra preta and interest in biochar), wrote an article on soil for National Geographic in September 2008 that features biochar starting on page 7:
2009 Congressional Research Service report on biochar:
The following discussion groups are active, civil, and populated by multiple knowledgeable contributors, but please note that they may have a limited geographic or topic focus: