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Providing Organic, Sustainable Alternatives

When stepping in to the shops of western Kenyan agricultural input retailers (referred to as Agrovets) you can rarely find truly organic, sustainable options. That is in the process of changing. While our ultimate goal is to enable farmers to be self-sustaining (ie owning their own Rutuba biochar kiln) we have introduced a lower priced […]

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Dr. TLUD visits the re:char shamba

The morning of May 18th did not include the usual routine for us at the re:char shamba. Besides weeding and taking care of our test plots we got a visit from Paul Anderson aka Dr. TLUD. He, his wife, some friends and a group of tinsmiths from Uganda visited us in Bungoma as part of […]

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Visit Us At Maker Faire

re:char is excited to participate in this year’s Maker Faire. Join us May 19th and 20th in San Mateo for two exciting days of DIY creations and open-source fun. We’ll have our newest shipping-container-based factory present and in operation. Stop byShop-In-A-Box #002  to make biochar with our Climate Kiln, sew your own vertical garden, and […]

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Biochar as a tool for Sanitation

The humble toilet. For the past 200 years, it has helped the Western world to safely collect and manage human waste. Unfortunately, because traditional sanitation systems are expensive to build and maintain, they are far less prevalent in the developing world. For over a billion people around the world, a clean toilet is a luxury […]

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Test Plots, Part 1.

About two weeks ago, we prepared and planted demonstration plots at the re:char shamba here in Bungoma. The goal of the testplots is to show local farmers, farming organizations and you – our readers and re:char followers – the benefits of using biochar. In our two sets of test plots, which include 19 and 21 […]

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Buy one Give one Biochar?

Recently, I was having dinner with a friend and startup investor. We were discussing Black Revolution, and he asked if we would be employing a ‘Buy one Give one’ model like Tom’s Shoes or Warby Parker. For the unfamiliar, Buy one Give one means that when a consumer in the developed world buys a product, […]

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Update on the Black Revolution

We’re thrilled to announce that our Black Revolution pre-sale on kickstarter was successfully funded! We exceeded our pre-sale goal, and are now working hard to send out our initial orders and ramp up our manufacturing operation. The support and excitement we’ve received around this product is overwhelming. We had no idea the market would be […]

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Restaurants Join the Black Revolution— Part 1

This week, we were treated to a delicious meal on the front lines of the Black Revolution. Shibumi, an authentic Japanese Izakaya in Santa Fe, NM, is one of  a handful of cutting-edge restaurants using biochar to grow their own food. We met with owner and executive chef, Eric Stapleman, who learned about biochar via […]

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re:char Hits the Road

In honor of the great traveling road shows of the early 20th century, we at re:char decided to take our message, products, and a bit of live entertainment to the streets of northern Bungoma County. Armed with a neighboring restaurant’s flatbed truck, we and our sales reps were able to reach hundreds, if not thousands […]

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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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