Nature Deficit Disorder

Nature Deficit Disorder

We were talking with Peter Hirst and he mentioned this AMA overlooked disorder: Nature Deficit Disorder. We find that when children come to the farm, they delight in their access to animals, plants, dirt. They love, in a word, nature. I realized today what it means...
Ah, spring!

Ah, spring!

Our yard was very aromatic this week.  The apple trees are blossoming.  The lilacs were open.  Mark moved the compost pile.  It rained.   The neighbors are spreading liquid manure thickly.  I didn’t say all the aromas were good. Babies are part of nature’s...
TLUD

TLUD

> While Peter Hirst was here, he showed the guys how to build a biochar burner called a TLUD, which stands for Top-Lit UpDraft pyrolysis. The basic components are a paint can (with lid and handle), a no.10 can, and two 28 oz. cans. It uses the principle of a top down...
Opportunity Taken

Opportunity Taken

Even though it was rainy and breezy, several brave and curious souls arrived at the Michigan Biochar sponsored biochar seminar last Saturday.  As mentioned before, Peter Hirst was the featured presenter.  Peter is one of the foremost proponents of biochar in the...

The rain is wonderful.  The sun is great.  We especially love it when it rains hard like it did yesterday and then is sunny and warm like today.  The grass seemed to grow two inches!  We spent the day outside as much as possible, with various degrees of sunburn to...

Workshop Opportunity

We’ve had the privilege this week of spending a great deal of time with Peter Hirst of New England Biochar.  Peter is probably on of the foremost experts on biochar in the U.S..  He is very knowledgeable about soils and biochar.  Michigan Biochar, with which...

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