How to Manufacture Biochar from Woody Biomass: San Juan Island
Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

How to Manufacture Biochar from Woody Biomass: San Juan Island

Engaging with woodland owners in San Juan County to address the unique challenges of managing island forests for both ecological health and economic viability.

Increasingly, forest owners in San Juan County are seeking guidance on how to manage their overstocked stands for improved forest health. They are also looking for creative ways to use the excess woody material that is a byproduct of restoration. For the past six years, NNRG and our partners have worked in many island forests, conducting one-on-one site visits, developing management plans, and hosting tours and classes.

In 2018, we are hosting a series of workshops for forest landowners interested in reducing the risks of wildfire, diseases, and lost value in their woods by removing and using the extra woody biomass in creative and productive ways.

How to Manufacture Biochar from Woody Biomass

Saturday, June 30, 2018 | San Juan Island

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Pick up all the tips and tricks San Juan forest owners have learned to safely and successfully manufacture biochar, a valuable charcoal used to amend soils. Focus will be on using woody biomass derived from forest thinning.

Converting excess woody biomass to a valuable soil amendment

Biochar, a soil amendment made from woody biomass like branches and small-diameter trees, presents an opportunity for landowners to convert forest thinnings to a high-value product. Removing excess biomass from dense, crowded San Juan forests is an important way to increase fire resilience and improve ecological health. This workshop will cover all the tips and tricks San Juan County landowners have discovered to successfully and safely manufacture optimal biochar.

This workshop is the third in a three-part series on woody biomass in the San Juans. You may also be interested in our February 24th workshop, Thinning Overstocked Stands for Health and Productivity, and our April 28th workshop, Measuring Timber and Woody Biomass in San Juan Forests.

Topics include:

  • How to manufacture biochar, from biomass harvest to end product
  • Uses for biochar, from farming to gardening
  • Tools to market and sell biochar

Speakers:

  • Check back soon for speaker information

Details and registration:

WHEN: Saturday, June 30, 2018
WHERE: San Juan Island, WA - workshop location and times will be sent to registrants.
REGISTER TODAY!

All forest owners are encouraged to attend!
For more information, go to: www.nnrg.org/sanjuans

This workshop is offered at no cost thanks to grant funding from:

Risk Management Agency

 

Partners:

San Juan Islands Conservation District
Rain Shadow Consulting
Wisewood
Forage Media

 

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Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Measuring Timber and Woody Biomass in San Juan Forests Lopez Island

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Engaging with woodland owners in San Juan County to address the unique challenges of managing island forests for both ecological health and economic viability.

Increasingly, forest owners in San Juan County are seeking guidance on how to manage their overstocked stands for improved forest health. They are also looking for creative ways to use the excess woody material that is a byproduct of restoration. For the past six years, NNRG and our partners have worked in many island forests, conducting one-on-one site visits, developing management plans, and hosting tours and classes.

In 2018, we are hosting a series of workshops for forest landowners interested in reducing the risks of wildfire, diseases, and lost value in their woods by removing and using the extra woody biomass in creative and productive ways.

Measuring Timber and Woody Biomass in San Juan Forests

Saturday, April 28, 2018 | Lopez Island

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Learn how to use basic forestry tools to install inventory plots to measure timber volumes and distinguish between merchantable and non-merchantable trees.

Strategies to estimate the volume of timber and woody biomass in your forest

Understanding which and how many trees need to be removed from your forest is critical to a successful thinning project. This workshop will introduce participants to basic strategies for installing forest inventory plots and collecting sufficient data to calculate timber volumes. We will learn how to distinguish between merchantable and non-merchantable trees, and discuss options for utilizing non-merchantable woody biomass.

This workshop is the second in a three-part series on woody biomass in the San Juans. You may also be interested in our February 24th workshop, Thinning Overstocked Stands for Health and Productivity, and our June 30th workshop, How to Manufacture Biochar from Woody Biomass.

Topics include:

  • How to set up a basic forest inventory system
  • How to use basic forest inventory tools
  • Templates to calculate timber and woody biomass volumes
  • Converting timber volume to value
  • What makes timber merchantable or non-merchantable
  • Biomass utilization methods including habitat, soil improvement, firewood, chips, biochar, bioenergy and more
  • Funding resources to help you pay for an inventory and management plan

Speakers:

  • Kirk Hanson | Northwest Natural Resource Group – Kirk owns owns 100 acres of forest in western Washington, and has been working on behalf of small woodland owners for over 20 years.

Details and registration:

WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018
WHERE: Midkiff Family Forest, Lopez Island, WA - we will send out directions and event times to registrants.

All forest owners are encouraged to attend!
For more information, go to: www.nnrg.org/sanjuans

This workshop is offered at no cost thanks to grant funding from:

Risk Management Agency

 

Partners:

San Juan Islands Conservation District
Rain Shadow Consulting
Wisewood
Forage Media

Photos: NNRG; Matt Freeman-Gleason

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6th Annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit
Mar
16
to Mar 17

6th Annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit

Program Contact: Rhys Hansen, Ag Summit Coordinator
Email: sji.agsummit@wsu.edu

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The 6th Annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit will take place on beautiful Lopez Island on March 16-17, 2018. Grow your inspiration at this gathering of over 150 local farmers, food producers, businesses, and food advocates for two days of events, education and camaraderie in our local food community.

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Schedule of Events:

Friday morning and afternoon will consist of several hands-on workshops in a variety of locations on Lopez Island. More information coming soon as we confirm our great offerings.

We invite the whole community to join us Friday evening for the always-delicious Taste of the San Juans at the Lopez Community Center. Enjoy small bites from your favorite chefs in the county in this fun and family-friendly event. $5 entrance, $2 per taste ticket.

On Saturday, we will gather to learn and be inspired at Lopez School. This year we are proud to offer 16 sessions in four different tracks including Production, Marketing and Finance, Perspective, and Agricultural Programs and Policy. Sessions include Adding Value to Local Products, Wireworm Research and Solutions, and an update on the San Juan County Food Hub as well as much, much more. Schedule of sessions will be available February 1st.  Breakfast and lunch are included in your admission.

Social hour at the grange begins after sessions have ended. Join friends new and old for refreshment and good company at the Ag Summit Social.

Registration will launch February 1st for Friday workshops and Saturday Sessions. Friday workshops are $25, Saturday Sessions are $70, $80 at the door. Sign up for Saturday on or before February 15 and save $15 during our early bird special.  

Scholarship and work-trade available. Applications will be accepted starting February 1st.

New this year! Networking Room. We know that a lot of the best learning comes from the chance to dive deeper. To that end, we will have a dedicated room for informal conversation and meetings throughout the day.

More information will be coming soon, keep a lookout in the coming weeks as we highlight some of the amazing agricultural voices and perspectives who will be sharing their wisdom at this year’s summit.

Make an investment in our local agricultural community by becoming a sponsor. Contact us for more information about our sponsorship packages.

Please contact us a sji.agsummit@wsu.edu or call (360) 370-7667.

All workshops and sessions are subject to change. We will post a tentative schedule of all events with registration launch, and update it as we finalize the offerings.

Thank you to our 2018 Partner Organizations: Washington State University San Juan County Extension, Agricultural Resources Committee of San Juan County, Lopez Community Land Trust, Lopez Island School District, Northwest Agriculture Business Center, San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild, San Juan Islands Conservation District, and San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

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Solving the Woody Biomass Problem Forest Tour Orcas Island
Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Solving the Woody Biomass Problem Forest Tour Orcas Island

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Engaging with woodland owners in San Juan County to address the unique challenges of managing island forests for both ecological health and economic viability.

Increasingly, forest owners in San Juan County are seeking guidance on how to manage their overstocked stands for improved forest health. They are also looking for creative ways to use the excess woody material that is a byproduct of restoration. For the past six years, NNRG and our partners have worked in many island forests, conducting one-on-one site visits, developing management plans, and hosting tours and classes.

In 2018, we are hosting a series of workshops for forest landowners interested in reducing the risks of wildfire, diseases, and lost value in their woods by removing and using the extra woody biomass in creative and productive ways.

Forest Tour: Thinning Overstocked Stands for Health and Productivity

Saturday, February 24, 2018 | Orcas Island

REGISTER TODAY!

Our forests across Orcas Island that have been thinned to reduce fire risk and improve health and timber value. Learn creative ways to utilize excess woody biomass to improve habitat, enrich soils, and generate renewable energy.

See how your neighbors are thinning excess wood to improve forest health and reduce fire risk

Many forests in the San Juan islands are densely crowded with suppressed and unhealthy trees due to a lack of proper management. Excess woody biomass (small diameter or dead trees, excessive slash on the ground) poses a significant wildfire risk. Many San Juan County forest owners have improved the health of their woods and reduced their fire risk by thinning out excess woody biomass. Learn firsthand how fellow landowners are doing so and creatively utilizing the resulting low-value wood.

This driving tour will take us to several sites on Orcas Island that have been thinned to reduce overstocking and lessen fire hazard. Led by a forester directly involved with each project, we’ll discuss each landowner’s unique experience selling and/or utilizing biomass from their forest.

This workshop is the first in a three-part series on woody biomass in the San Juans. You may also be interested in our April 28th workshop, Measuring Timber and Woody Biomass in San Juan Forests, and our June 30th workshop, How to Manufacture Biochar from Woody Biomass.

Topics include:

  • Biomass reduction details from each thinning site
  • Strategies to reduce biomass gradually over time
  • Lop-and-scatter after thinning (how much is too much)
  • What makes timber merchantable or non-merchantable
  • Using thinned woody biomass to improve wildlife habitat
  • Biomass utilization methods including firewood, chips, biochar, and bioenergy
  • Silvicultural and logging methods to reduce biomass
  • Funding resources to help you pay for thinning

Speakers:

  • Carson Sprenger | Rainshadow Consulting – Carson has been working with forest owners in the San Juan Islands for over 18 years. He is an expert on local fire history and has conducted 8 years of research on ecological forestry.
  • Kirk Hanson | Northwest Natural Resource Group – Kirk owns a 100-acre forest in Southwest Washington, and has been working on behalf of small woodland owners for over 20 years.

Details and registration:

WHEN: Saturday, February 24, 2018
WHERE: Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA – we will send out the meeting location and time to registrants, and then carpool from there to the different sites on the tour.

All forest owners are encouraged to attend!
For more information, go to: www.nnrg.org/sanjuans

This workshop is offered at no cost thanks to grant funding from:
Risk Management Agency

 

Partners:

San Juan Islands Conservation District
Rain Shadow Consulting
Wisewood
Forage Media

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Lopez Island Farm Tour
Oct
14
to Oct 15

Lopez Island Farm Tour

Join us for the 2017 Lopez Farm Tour showcasing the bounty of local products!

Here is the the schedule:

Saturday
8:30-10:00 Breakfast at Midnight’s Farm, 3042 Center Road

  • Farm Breakfast - Biscuits, eggs, and the fixings. $13

10:00-11:30 Tour of Midnight’s Farm and Barn Owl Bakery

  • How does it all fit together? Compost, cattle, bakery, pigs, yoga studio, chickens, community, gardens. Take a tour through our diverse operations. Beef, pork, and bakery goods for sale.

12:00-3:00 Stonecrest Farm

  • Sheep Dog demonstration, check out the weaving studio, hear about succession farming through a community land trust, and take a tour of the farm. Sheep skins, lamb, and other wool related items, and Bounty book for sale.
  • Providing lunch: Taco ‘Bout It lunch featuring local meats and veggies, salad greens, hibiscus tea and sweet tea.

12:00-4:00 Fruit City Farms

  • Apple Cider pressing and tasting! Hear about local apple history.

1:00 – 4:00 Lopez Island Shellfish

  • Shellfish & Hatchery Tour. Shellfish and Seafood available for sale.

Sunday

10:00-1:00 S&S Homestead Farm

  • Demonstrate scalable, integrated and self-sufficient food production for families, individuals, or businesses. Learn how to grow a farm that provides for its own needs and inputs, while remaining debt-free. Cheese, bread, sheep skins, apples for sale.
  • Farm Lunch: Bean soup, rye bread and butter for $10.

1:00-3:00 Sunnyfield Farm

  • Come see a bit of what it takes to run a licensed, farmstead goat dairy and eat cheese. Items for Sale: Cheese, milk, yogurt, apples

Get your Tickets today! 

Call 1-360-378-6621 or Visit the below links!

OrcasFarmTour.eventbrite.com

LopezFarmTour.eventbrite.com

SanJuanFarmTour.eventbrite.com

FAQs

Q: How do I receive my tickets?

A: Event brite will email you your tickets as soon as you are finished with your purchase.

Q: Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

A: Please bring your e-ticket or printed ticket to the event.

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San Juan Island Farm Tour
Oct
7
to Oct 8

San Juan Island Farm Tour

Join us for the 2017 San Juan Farm Tour and discover the local bounty!

Here is the schedule:

Saturday:

10:00 – 1:00 Brickworks, Farmers Market

  • Enjoy the market and purchase Farm Tour tickets and t-shirts.

10:00 – 2:00 Aurora Farms

  • A 31-acre polyculture farm specializing in purebred Katahdin sheep, Boer goats, Berkshire pigs, heritage poultry, vegetables, flowers, and berries. Be prepared to squeeze a cute goat, pick and sample what we produce, taste fresh cider, enjoy a farm walk, and purchase food from the grill and farm store. Products available include lamb, goat, pork; chicken and duck; eggs; vegetables and fruits; cider; BBQ sliders; fresh salad, and quiche.

10:00 – 4:00 San Juan Vineyards

  • Participate in the harvest of Siegerrebe grapes – or just enjoy the harvest! Tasting room is open for sampling and wine sales.

2:30 – 3:30 Farm Parade, Downtown Friday Harbor

  • The parade will depart the fairgrounds onto Argyle to Spring Street, left on First Street, and to the Grange Hall for after-parade celebration!

4:00 – 5:00 Dedication and ribbon cutting for the new deck at the San Juan Island Grange

5:00 – 7:00 Community Farm Dinner – San Juan Island Grange

  • Sample local farm meats and fall harvest produce. Donations welcome.

Sunday

10:00 – 5:00 San Juan Vineyards (see description from Saturday schedule)

10:00 – 5:00 Aurora Farms (see description from Saturday schedule)

11:00 – 2:00 Heritage Farm

  • Come and see Draft Horses at work. Also check out what Biochar and other amendments can do! Fresh Vegies and Eggs available for sale.

1:00 – 3:00 Wild Bird Bamboo Farm

  • See different species of bamboo and learn ways to use and care for bamboo. Extensive vegetable garden, unique greenhouse heated by solar panels, and a Monet bridge over natural pond. Bamboo plants for sale.

2:00 – 4:00 Sweet Earth Farm

  • Join us for cider pressing and a a farm tour with an emphasis on permaculture and climate change resiliency. Apples, produce, cider, sweet earth farm t-shirts and bags for sale.

Get your Tickets today! 

Call 1-360-378-6621 or Visit the below links!

OrcasFarmTour.eventbrite.com

LopezFarmTour.eventbrite.com

SanJuanFarmTour.eventbrite.com

FAQs

Q: How do I receive my tickets?

A: Event brite will email you your tickets as soon as you are finished with your purchase.

Q: Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

A: Please bring your e-ticket or printed ticket to the event.

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San Juan County Farm Tours 2017
Oct
1
to Oct 15

San Juan County Farm Tours 2017

Please come join us for this years San Juan county farm tour!

Orcas Island            October 1, 2017

San Juan Island            October 7-8, 2017

Lopez Island                 October 14-15, 2017

 

For schedules and ticket information, go to:

www.lopezfarmtour.eventbrite.com

www.sanjuanfarmtour.eventbrite.com

www.orcasfarmtour.eventbrite.com

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Orcas Island Farm Tour
Oct
1
9:00 AM09:00

Orcas Island Farm Tour

  • 249 Prune Alley Eastsound, WA, 98245 United States (map)
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Join us for the 2017 Orcas Farm Tour showcasing the bounty of local products! Brunch is available in the morning at The Kitchen. Dinner is available at Orcas Farm (optional donation).

Here is the schedule:

9:00-10:30 Brunch at the Kitchen, 249 Prune Alley, Eastsound

10:00-2:00 Orcas Public School Garden, 557 School Road, Eastsound

  • Walking-garden tour at the top of every hour. Hear stories of students’ interactions with culinary and medicinal herbs.

10:00-3:00 West Beach Farm, 927 West Beach Road, Eastsound

  • Sheep shearing and farm tours. Meat, wool products, and vegetables for sale.

10:00-4:00 Maple Rock Farm, 509 Nordstrom Lane, Eastsound

  • Farm tour in new location and equipment demos. Taste Girl Meets Dirt’s Tomato Shrub and Tomato Jam, made from Maple Rock’s Amish Paste tomatoes. Check out the farmstand with fall produce and fruit preserves.

10:00-4:00 Orcas Community Participatory Agriculture, 141 Cadden Lane, Eastsound

  • Come and see how fifteen island families have banded together to form a unit of food sovereignty! Guided tours at 11am and 1pm.

11:00-4:00 Buck Bay Shellfish, 117 EJ Young Road, Olga

  • Seafood and shellfish market with oysters, clams, fresh fish and frozen products

11:30-2:00 Red Rabbit Farm, 216 Payton Lane, West Sound

  • Learn how to preserve apples and pears. Jams and Jellies for sale.

12:00-3:30 Doe Bay Garden, 107 Doe Bay Road, Olga

  • Tour a functional garden ecosystem with the beneficial insect/animal habitat, using food waste compost from the cafe, cover cropping, rotation of chickens, and whole approach geared towards minimal outside/off-island inputs.

1:00-2:30 Coffelt Farm Preserve, 1071 Crow Valley Road, Eastsound

  • An opportunity to see a diverse operation with sheep, pigs, cattle, poultry, bees, and a licensed, raw milk micro dairy. Part of an extensive swath of preserved land on Orcas that is beautiful as well as agriculturally productive and ecologically significant. The farm stand will be open with beef, lamb and pork, as well as sheepskins, yarn, milk, eggs, produce, and honey.

1:00-4:00 Wren’s Berry Farm, 435 Beach Haven Rd, Eastsound

  • Local Berries. Battling mummyberry disease organically. Diversifying berry crops and raising ducks to break the disease cycle.

3:30-6:30 Orcas Farm, 120 Byrle Hall Rd, Doe Bay

  • Small scale, non-certified organic farm and homestead. Regenerative, sustainable and bio-intensive methods. High quality, nutrient dense food.
  • Community Dinner and Celebration. Donations welcome.

A Shuttle bus will also be available. Pick-up at the Orcas School.

Get your Tickets today! 

Call 1-360-378-6621 or Visit the below links!

OrcasFarmTour.eventbrite.com

LopezFarmTour.eventbrite.com

SanJuanFarmTour.eventbrite.com

FAQs

Q: How do I receive my tickets?

A: Event brite will email you your tickets as soon as you are finished with your purchase.

Q: Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

A: Please bring your e-ticket or printed ticket to the event.

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Growing a Revolution @ Orcas Center
Sep
24
4:00 PM16:00

Growing a Revolution @ Orcas Center

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Sunday, September 24, at 4 p.m. in Orcas Center

Reception and book signing afterwards.

Throughout history, civilizations have withered into poverty and disappeared after destroying their once-fertile soils. Now we risk repeating this age-old trauma on a global scale due to ongoing soil-degradation, climate change, and rising populations. But UW Professor and MacArthur Fellow David R. Montgomery offers reasons for hope in this lecture, based on his recent book, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life. He leads us on a fascinating journey through history and around the world, demonstrating how innovative farmers are ditching the plow, mulching cover crops, and adopting complex crop rotation schemes to restore their soils. Merging ancient wisdom with modern science, they have developed simple, cost-effective ways to pull carbon from the atmosphere and feed the world, meanwhile stashing an impressive amount of it underground.

David R. Montgomery is Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, where he leads the Geomorphological Research Group. A MacArthur Fellow, he is the author of King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of SalmonDirt: The Erosion of Civilization, and The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood — all of which won Washington State Book Awards for general nonfiction. With his wife Anne Biklé, he coauthored The Hidden Half of Nature: Microbial Roots of Life and Health.

Cosponsored by Janet Alderton and Orcas Island Public Library.

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