agricharge begins with biochar, a charcoal product derived from pyrolysis of wood wastes, such as Colorado beetle kill pine. Our biochar is OMRI listed and meticulously manufactured for its ability to absorb toxins and provide habitat for soil microbiology including beneficial bacteria and mycorrhizae. Because it can be detrimental to use biochar without first blending it with compost, agricharge is blended with rock dust, carbohydrates, amino acids, and humates, then inoculated with lab grown bacteria, mycorrhizae, and biodynamic preparations to provide the most advanced organic soil amendment capable of radically transforming soil dynamics. The rock dust and carbohydrates provide short and long term food for both the microorganisms as well as the plants. The numerous resulting benefits include:
- Reduce fertilizer inputs, increase nutrient availability, and prevent nutrient leaching
- Reduce watering requirements, increase water holding capacity
- Increases resistance to plant and soil pathogens and pests
- Reduces environmental, drought, and transplant stress
- Aids in soil decontamination from excess salts, pesticides, herbicides, or heavy metals
- Improves all aspects of soil fertility; tilth, structure, porosity, cation exchange capacity
- Stimulates, introduces, and maintains vital soil microorganisms
- Does not break down, requires only one application
- Introduces and provides habitat for live beneficial bacteria and mycorrhizae
- Absorbs infrared waves, heating soil earlier in spring, and keeping soil warmer in fall
- Increases soil carbon
- Improved harvest, yield, and biomass
- Reduces soil erosion from wind, rain, and tillage
- Works with organic or conventional applications
- Sequesters CO2 reducing your carbon footprint
agricharge is carbon negative!
Not only does agricharge benefit soil ecology, many top climate scientists believe it is a highly effective tool in mitigating global warming. The waste organic matter that agricharge is derived from would otherwise decompose, releasing its stored carbon into the atmosphere as CO2. Alternatively with biochar, the carbon is “fossilized” as charcoal, where it’s safely sequestered in the soil for millennia, removing it from the carbon cycle and preventing its release into the atmosphere. Once in the soil, agricharge continues absorbing potent greenhouse gasses such as CO2, nitrous oxide, and methane that are additional byproducts of the decomposition of organic matter. agricharge is an effective way to reduce your carbon footprint.
Agrichar… ancient agricultural wisdom
Bio-char, or agrichar, first piqued the interests of scientists and archeologists studying ancient cultures of the Amazon Basin. For decades they remained perplexed as to how these cultures could sustain such large populations, estimated between 10 and 12 million prior to the arrival of Columbus, given the highly acidic clay found beneath the “counterfeit paradise” Amazonian jungle. With little water or nutrient holding capacity, these soils are virtually unfit for agriculture. Yet archeologists later identified areas containing some of the most fertile soil ever discovered on the planet, known in Portuguese as “terra preta” or Amazonian black earth, standing is stark contrast to the oxisol, or non-arable reddish-yellow soil inherent to the rainforest floor. Usually between 4 and 7 feet deep, occupying up to 900 acres, these 2000 year old anthropogenic terra preta soils were intentionally cultivated by pre-Columbian Indians using pottery sherds, fish and animal bones, humanure, agricultural wastes, and charcoal, or what is today known as bio-char. Further research determined that the agrichar, offering an ideal habitat to microbes and fungi endemic to fertile soil, was the catalyst that transformed the native clay into a biologically rich and active living soil.