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

Sonoma Ecology Center

Sonoma Valley is a beautiful, biologically rich watershed with an abundant quality of life enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Whether expressed in breathtaking scenic vistas, exceptional trails, or a world-class agricultural heritage, our bountiful ecological resources comprise a spectacular natural legacy.

The Sonoma Ecology Center works to retain this remarkable legacy for the future. Our mission is to work with our community to enhance and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley.

2012 US Biochar Conference Sponsors

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