Author Archive | Jason

The Black Revolution Begins Now

re:char is excited to announce the launch of our newest product for US and European Markets: Black Revolution. Black Revolution is a soilless growth media for plants containing biochar. It’s the world’s first carbon-negative replacement for potting soil, and we need your help to launch it. We’ve set up a campaign on kickstarter.com to pre-sell a small quantity of […]

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new years re:solutions

As leaders in the biochar space, the re:char team tries to stay at the bleeding edge of emerging trends. We’ve come up with a list of predictions for the coming year and beyond. Comment around this time next year to see what we got right (assuming the world doesn’t end in 2012):   The Black […]

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A Simple Stove Solution?

    As we’ve written before, there are many exciting and technically advanced efforts in the field of clean cookstoves. These efforts seek to solve the indoor air pollution problems associated with wood fuels, thereby improving the lives of millions of women and children worldwide. Many of these stove technologies also cite reductions in carbon […]

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Africa’s Black Revolution

We recently paid a visit to David Guerena (PhD Candidate in soil science at Cornell University under Prof Johannes Lehmann) at his field sites in Vihiga, Kakamega, South Nandi and North Nandi,  Western Kenya (about 30 minutes drive from Kisumu and Lake Victoria). David and his group have been working in the region for the […]

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Setting the Record Straight on Biochar (again)

We’ve all heard the quotes circulating around the internet– “We’ve experienced a 300% improvement in crop yield from adding <500kg of biochar/ hectare!” “My biochar stove will burn any type of waste biomass with zero emissions!” “Biochar is [insert any number of miraculous claims]!” We in the biochar community are all excited and enthusiastic about […]

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BBC World features our work in Western Kenya

  re:char’s work in Western Kenya was recently featured on an episode of BBC World’s Horizons Business. This episode covered innovative business approaches to solving food insecurity in Africa. The Horizons Business team visited us in Bungoma, interviewed some of our farmers, and produced a great 5 minute segment on our work. Our segment was then […]

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New Possibilities in Biochar Stoves

The 3 stone fire– the traditional East African Cooking apparatus found in millions of rural households. It’s simple and cheap, consisting of 3 large stones supporting a cook pot, with a wood fire burning underneath. The 3 stone fire is ideal for cooking ugali, the staple dish of the region (a thick paste of cornmeal […]

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The Humble Beginnings of a Biochar Revolution

Bungoma, Kenya– Today re:char has officially joined forces with ACON, an East African non-profit committed to bringing biochar and organic farming techniques to farmers in Western Kenya. Led by Salim Mayeki Shaban, ACON has converted 750 farms across 30 villages to biochar and organic techniques. Through their efforts, ACON has nearly doubled the crop yield […]

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Comparison of Maize Crop in Western Kenya

Meet Stoyek

Stoyek Okumo is a small farmer in Bungoma County in Kenya’s Western District. Like the millions of other farmers in Western Kenya, Stoyek farms approximately one acre of land. He grows beans, maize and kale to provide food for his family, and generate a bit of income. Life for small farmers in Kenya is challenging. […]

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Jambo Kenya!

Jambo! The re:char team is currently in Western Kenya working hard to bring biochar to those who need it most. Kenyan smallholder farmers (like many others in the developing world) are at great risk from food insecurity and climate change. Already our partners in-country have noticed delays in the onset of the rainy season, leading […]

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