Small Gardener Package
For donations of $200 or more we'll give 5 gallons of charcoal and tell you what it does in your soil with soil tests twice annually, with results contributing to the open source research platform.
Serious Gardener Package
For donations of $500 or more we'll give you a yard of charcoal and soil testing, with results contributing to the open source research platform.
San Juan Biochar Study
Si is the masters student from the University of Washington working on the San Juan biochar reasearch study with 12 farms in the County. She also currently does not have funding for her tuition, an error in communication between the Chinese and United States govnernments. In order for her and Tom to continue their research they need to fund the project. We're trying to raise $50,000 for the project for the coming year, $25,000 towards Si's tuition and $25,000 for research costs.
Open Source Charcoal
Forage is looking to build an open source biochar platform of aggregate research from the six professors involved:
- Thomas DeLuca, Department of Environmental and Forestry Sciences, University of Washington
- Johannes Lehmann, Department of Crop & Soil Sciences, Cornell University
- Kurt Spokas, Senior Scietist and Professor USDA-ARS, University of Minnesota
- Michael Gundale, Deparment of Forest Ecology & Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
- Davey L. Jones, School of Environmrnt, Natural Resources & Geography, Bangor University
- David Laird, Iowa State University
Through the creation of an open-source collaborative research platform that compiles international academic studies on biochar, we can understand trends in biochar effectiveness by location. Instead of studies that range from one to three years and use several feedstocks and soil types, aggregated research can becomea a dynamic data-set, providing increaseing insight and accuracy over time. As an open-source system organized on a Socrata map platform, research studies can serve to illustrate effectiveness, or lack thereof, in regional soills. The project could serve as a model for interdisciplinary institutioins to collaborate on a marco data problem facing our world in the age of climate change.