Category Archives: Permaculture

Eco-Farm Conference

We were promoting biochar at the 2015 Eco-Farm Conference held in Asilomar, Monterey, CA. Thank you all for stopping at our booth and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions. See below for a few photos from the event.

Our booth at the Eco-Farm Conference.

Frankie enthusiastic about biochar!

This was by far the largest seed exchange I have ever attended. And scion exchange was happening in another room at the same time.

With lots of seeds, both common and exotic…

and crowds of attendees.

I mean, crowds of enthusiastic attendees. 😉

There was also fun: beer and cheese tasting.

Needless to say, this was a very popular event.

Come and join us next year!

Grafting Party

Grafting Party – 28th of April 2013

It was a great, hot and instructive day with John talking about all the different benefits to grafting and demonstrating many grafting techniques, including rind and bark grafting on citrus. It was a pleasure to watch a pro at work and we are much better prepared to graft at home. Thank you John! Sally brought with her a couple potted rootstock apples that were grafted at the workshop and shared with participants – much appreciated!

Lunch under the canopies with John introducing the world of grafting.

Cleft graft demonstration.

Budding knife.

It’s great to have an attentive audience…

John demonstrating a rind graft.

John making a T graft (upside down…).

Finished T graft on citrus.

We all learned a lot and enjoyed it tremendously at the same time! Hope to have many more gatherings around gardening and sustainability!

Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale and Swap

Cupertino Earth Day – 6th of April 2013

It is always very rewarding to spread the love of heirloom tomatoes that come fresh off the vine in your garden! Thank you all for visiting our booth this year!

Sawako and Amy holding the fort.

And what is this? A companion plant – borage, good for increasing pollination as it attracts bees and the beautifull, small, dark blue flowers are edible. Just toss them in your salad!

She also likes lettuce, not just tomatoes!

Another young customer. It is awesome to see kids interested in growing plants!

Beautifull art work done by the kids just in front of our booth! See you there next year!

Biochar Workshop

The final product: a small biochar stove, made of 1 gallon paint can, #10 can and a tall quart can (often used for tomato juice). The stove is in pyrolysis mode – flame is from burning gasses.

After a few hours of lecture, everyone was eager to get a hands on experience of building the stoves.

Hard at work…

Making the big stove.

The big, 55 gallon stove is ready for firing! Made of 55 gallon drum and an 8” diameter, 5′ long pipe.

Adding fuel.

Mixing for even distribution.

Restrictor on.

Chimney on.

It is working! Wood chips, wood pellets and straw were used as feedstock.

Assembling little stove.

It works too!

Many small stoves were made and were all burning without smoke. Here they are visible at different stages of the burn process. We used wood chips mixed with wood pellets as fuel in the small stoves.

Thank you all for coming! It was so much fun!

Special thanks go to:

Presenter: Paul Taylor, PhD;

Host: Eric Fulda, Director of Charles Street Gardens;


Eco Village Tour

Aquaponics at San Mateo Eco Village – 10th June 2012

Below are some photos from visiting San Mateo Eco Village.

The tour begins…
Overview of the San Mateo Eco Village garden.
Pipes for the aquaponics system. There are three distinct flow cuircuts, all colour coded. The system rotates between them automatically.
Pipes going to the outside fish pond – empty at the time of visit.
Inside the Aquaponics greenhouse. Small fish pond is in front of Sanda, in the ground. Behind are grow beds.
Another view of the inside pond with koy, as farming tilapia in Northern Caliornia is only allowed in established, large scale fisheries. Can we vote on that?
Grow beds.
Back outside – chicken coop.
Resting by the water on a hot, summer day was really pleasant.