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Using Biochar in Landscape and Shade Tree Management

February 22, 2022 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Rooting out our sedentary city dwellers

As we endanger the planet with our pressing civilization, we are also learning by leaps and bounds how that planet works.

Biochar has been part of indigenous practices for millennia and now we are learning in detail how important it is to the health of trees. Kelby Fite is an expert in biochar and its effect on trees. He will share what he has learned in a botanical and gastronomical adventure into the lives of trees.

Kelby’s presentation focuses on the journey discovering the use of biochar in the urban and suburban landscape for the health of shade trees.  As biochar first became a topic of discussion, it was met with much skepticism, but investigations proceeded and led to the discovery of its usefulness to reduce environmental stresses and disease pressure on the urban tree canopy.  The talk with give a brief background of biochar, the research behind its use and the standard industry practices in use today.


Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association (eastern PA)