"Most peoples incomes derive from systems which rely on the burning of fossil fuels. If a critical mass of people were to produce resources in ways which build soil and reverse climate change then we would have a sustainable economic backbone."
– Ed Revell, UK Carbon farmer and domestic heat bio-char pioneer
Cultivation with compost makes everything more delicious and nutritious and every purchase of Old Tree drinks helps us spread a new probiotic culture.
We are not interested in quantity but variety / diversity and in using our fermentation wisdom to sow the seeds of an ecological future.
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.