Sonoma Biochar Initiative

The Sonoma Biochar Initiative (SBI), founded in 2009, is a California-based organization dedicated to promoting biochar education, production and use throughout Sonoma County. SBI operates under the fiscal sponsorship of the Sonoma Ecology Center (SEC) []. We interact with our strategic partners to educate local agricultural operators (including vineyard managers), local government officials, and other stakeholders on the advantages of using biochar to enhance agricultural productivity while reducing GHG emissions. SBI sees accelerated use of biochar as the key to soil restoration and recovery as well as a “fast mitigation technology” being cited increasingly in international climate talks. SBI is seeking ways to establish local demonstration projects for biochar production and application, experimenting with available agricultural and urban yard waste biomass feedstocks.

Sonoma Biochar Initiative (SBI)

Ray Gallian -
SBI Chairman and Chief Biochar Advocate

Raymond Baltar -
SBI Director and Treasurer

David Morell -
SBI Secretary

Richard Dale -
Director Sonoma Ecology Center & SBI Board Member

Peter Hirst -
SBI Advisor

Contact Name: 
Raymond Baltar

2012 US Biochar Conference Sponsors