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Climate Kiln Goes To Haiti

We’re excited any time one of our climate kilns is purchased. But, one recent deployment was particularly thrilling: our friends at Carbon Roots International have successfully deployed a climate kiln as part of their CharBon Project in Haiti. To minimize shipping costs, they chose the DIY kit; a local tinsmith easily handled the 55-gallon drum conversion. Here are […]

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Shop-in-a-Box

With the growing trend of converted shipping container homes popping up all over town, re:char has decided to join the revolution, but with a twist; we are building a metal workshop out of a shipping container instead. Complete with lighting, ventilation, electrical wiring, re:char’s container will house a most exciting spin on the shipping container […]

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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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The Trouble with Offsets

To date, there have been multiple attempts by trade groups to develop and verify a carbon offset methodology for biochar. Briefly, a carbon offset credit is a payment made by an emitter of carbon (a power plant, mine, oil refinery) to the developer or owner of a carbon sequestration project (owner of a forest reserve, […]

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