Biochar Workshop & First Foods Forest Work Day

You may have noticed that we’re co-hosting a hands-on Biochar Workshop at our next First Foods Forest work day… and you also may have wondered what exactly a Biochar Workshop is. 


What is Biochar?

Biochar is a specialized form of charcoal produced using high heat, it is often used as a soil amendment to increase yields and conserve nutrients and water. For more information on just how cool biochar is, watch this short video of our Biochar Workshop’s leader, Cuauhtemoc Villa, talking about biochar, microbes, and the interconnectedness of it all – we bet you’ll be inspired! 


About Cuauhtemoc

To really know what to expect at the Biochar Workshop you need to know a little bit about the workshop’s leader, the incredible Cuauhtemoc Villa. We have had the pleasure of collaborating with and learning from Cuauhtemoc from the very beginning of our First Foods Forest initiative, and are so excited to continue the learning and growth with this workshop! 

Cuauhtemoc has a long and rich history of collaboration with both schools and environmental organizations. He has provided special education for the Sonoma Biochar Initiative and consulted for Biocarbon Associates, reaching more than 34 different schools in the Napa/Sonoma area in California. 

Cuauhtemoc now lives in Oregon and is collaborating with The Sauvie Island Center and Cartwheel Community Farm to provide garden development services, regenerative farming practices, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge. He is also partnering with Sound Native Plants of Olympia, Washington to perform ecological restoration work for stormwater facilities utilizing native plants and trees.

Films on YouTube “The Sky Is The Roof” (Suscol Intertribal Council) and “Microbe Power” provide documentation of group efforts to clean our environment in partnership with the community.


Workshop details

DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 3rd from 10am – 2pm at Topaz Farm. You are welcome to come for any portion of the time.

This hands-on workshop is open to anyone who is interested in coming out and learning and growing with us; there is no charge but we will be accepting donations towards purchasing plants for our First Foods Forest project. 

Registration is recommended but not required; to register please fill out our Workshop and Workday Sign-up Form.

For more info on what to expect and how to prepare for this work day, visit the Volunteer page of our website. 

If you want to see who else is attending and share the workshop with friends, check out our Biochar Workshop event on Facebook.


See you there!