Carbon Farming

Its really important to remember where we are in human history and the importance of this time for transition and transformation before inevitable collapse. This animation explains it well.

The more we learn about trees, plants and micro-biology, the clearer the solutions to so many of our most devastating ecological crises become.

Carbon is not really the problem when it comes to global warming. Whilst the burning of coal emits dangerous amounts – soil and plantlife all over the planet have the appetite and potential to draw it all down again.

Cultivation with compost makes everything more delicious and nutritious and every purchase of Old Tree drinks helps us spread a new probiotic culture.

Carbon farming is essentially what plants do with photo-synthesis. They capture energy from the sun and pull Carbon in the form of c02 out of the air to draw it down into the soil. With this process trees and plants also produce much of the oxygen we breathe. The plants take the C02 and solar power and use it for their growth, but as much as 50 % of it they actually create sugars with to feed micro-organisms around their roots!!

Our deepest ecological problems, climate change and peak oil

After the charcoal has been used for filtration we will use it to stabilise compost and add to the soil to build both soil structure and natural fertility. The broad term for this practice is carbon farming. These pages explain the science of agro-ecology that demonstrate what make carbon farming so vital for our soil and climate. Ed Revell, the biochar stove pioneer and carbon farmer in Swansea, south Wales best explains the process of how soil aggregation is achieved by adding bio-char to the soil in a no-dig growing system called alley cropping and a symbioses between plant roots and AMF - Arbuscular (meaning tree-like) Mychorrizal (meaning connective) Funghi.

Mychorrizal Funghi thrive with the addition of biochar, which achieves nutrient retention whilst building soil structure, which provides water storage for the ecosystem. Having visited this carbon farm we have seen carrots the size of cucumbers and beetroots the size of footballs amidst rows of flowering plants, woodchip mulch and biochar-stabilised compost – testifying to the productivity of this agricultural technique. Creating abundance whilst building soil, reversing climate change and avoiding the use of chemical fertilisers or harmful pesticides entirely. Visit Ed Revell's website for more.

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