Biochar (charred biomass) Workshop

Date: Sat, May. 14
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Columbia Grange
Address: 37493 Grange Hall Rd, Corbett, 97019

people are standing around a firepit with materials burning to make biochar as part of a demonstration

What is it? How do you make it? What’s all the excitement about?

Join us for a hands-on workshop and live biochar demonstration. Discover what biochar is and how it can increase soil productivity, reduce wildfire risk, and slow climate change. We will start with a 2-hour presentation at the Columbia Grange to go over biochar basics, production techniques, benefits and applications. That will be followed by a live demonstration at a neighboring Corbett farm using their community kiln. All those interested in biochar are welcome to attend, including foresters, farmers, natural resource professionals and residents.

Please bring a lunch, water bottle, sturdy boots, and leather gloves. Wear cotton, wool, or other fire-resistant clothing. No fleece or nylon.

The Grange is ADA accessible. The demonstration portion of the day will be on a farm that includes a grassy road and sloping hill to access. Please contact Chelsea at (503) 935-5376 or for information on accessibility or accommodation.

COVID-19 Information:

We encourage folks to wear a mask if they would like to. Please do not come if you are feeling sick or are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19. If you are concerned about attending the indoor portion at the Grange, we will be recording that part of the workshop, and will email all registrants a recording of the presentation, although there will not be an opportunity to ask the presenter any questions virtually.

  • 9 – 11 AM: classroom presentation of biochar basics
  • 11 AM – 12 PM: lunch
  • 12 – 5 PM: biochar demo with Corbett’s community kiln


About the presenter: Born and raised on a farm in Minnesota, Ryan “Yeti” Crist’s fascination with soil and plant life began before he could walk. While finishing his B.S. in Chemistry, his interests turned towards hydroponic plant production and aquaponics in a search for farming methods that were sustainable, resilient, and provided accelerated growth. For five years he provided systems design consulting for several aquaponics and organic farms in the Portland area.

Driven by his love of advanced farming methods and desire to design more creative automated systems, Yeti went back to school for a second degree in Mechanical Engineering, working in water purification after graduation until getting involved with Wind River Circular Systems, focused in biomass energy and food production utilizing the heat, carbon dioxide and biochar from it.

Yeti is well-known for his workshops covering farming methods, composting practices, mushroom cultivation, chicken husbandry, and converting spaces into beautiful, edible landscapes.

Spaces Available: 24 (of 50 max)

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