Author Archive | tim

Harvest

We are reaching the end of the “long rains” season here in Bungoma. Farmers are now beginning to harvest their crops – typically maize and/or beans – from the season. An acre of fertilized maize typically yields about 20 sacks of grain, which translates on the market into roughly $600. Some of this earned money […]

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Charcoal Testing Data

As noted in a previous blog post, we are entering the charcoal business in western Kenya with a sustainable alternative to conventional lump charcoal that can compete on both cost and quality bases. We have spent the last month experimenting with different binders and charcoal made from different parent material to find the optimal charcoal […]

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Charcoal

We at re:char are starting a new line of business in Bungoma, Kenya: charcoal production. Charcoal is one of the most popular and demanded sources of fuel in urban Sub-Saharan Africa. Specific to East Africa, the FAO reported in 1987 that 26% of Nairobi’s dwellers use charcoal as their primary source of energy. The report […]

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Biochar + An Unusual Fertilizer

Our test plots are showing good results! The finger millet we planted in mid-April is growing well, and the biochar planted there is demonstrating its positive impact on plant growth. The test plots that combine biochar with one of the organic fertilizers – a 15% solution of human urine – are doing exceptionally well. On […]

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A Trip to Kibera’s Urban Gardens

On February 20, the re:char team went for a tour of urban gardening projects in Kibera. Nairobi’s largest slum, Kibera is home to an estimated 1 million people in a tiny geographical area of unfortunately no officially documented size. Most residents rent mud-wall homes for families of usually 4 or more people that are about 12ft […]

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Welcome to the New Crew

In January, we at re:char brought four new folks to join us here in Bungoma. In this blog post, we introduce you to them and a team member that joined re:char in the end of 2011 but we did not introduce here earlier. Tom Odoyo joins re:char as a top-notch engineer. Before joining re:char, he […]

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The re:char Shamba

In November, re:char leased a nearly 6-acre piece of land in Bungoma, Kenya. Located on the highway less than a kilometer from downtown Bungoma, the property is ideally situated. Farmers from town and the interior can easily arrive by public transport, and larger 18-wheeler transporters can also conveniently pull off from the road that connects […]

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re:char on Good Morning America!

On August 26, re:char’s Tim Callahan presented biochar to the public on Good Morning America’s segment called Just One Thing. Open this post and then click here to watch the video and read an accompanying article.

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