Raw biochar vs. Activated biochar
Biochar in “raw” form is now being used in the poultry industry as a grit supplement for poultry. We use no additives other than heat and water during the manufacturing process. We use a unique biological activation process with an end result of charged, matured, and instantly ready biochar that helps soil produce vigorous plants/tress. Known as our “Activated” blend of biochar, the use of forest waste, nut shells, worm castings, and rice bran make up our blend of “Activated” biochar that is highly porous and absorbent with impressive water holding capability (90% biochar by volume).
The “activation” occurs after the charring of biomass/bio-waste by adding up to 10% worm castings. Adding worm castings for nutrients and rice hulls for a food source, a fermented solution is applied for the biology for up to two weeks to allow our biochar to “activate” for the finest quality blend of biochar out on the market today. Effective in producing higher quality and quantity harvest.
Sustainably produced in California, our product is USDA National Organic Program compliant and CCOF compliant. We have the capacity to consistently deliver large volumes anywhere with the state of California.
The technology behind AG Biochar production begins with the material obtained at the start of the biochar making process. The different bio-waste that can be used include crop residues (both field residues and processing residues such as nut shells, fruit pits, bagasse, etc), as well as yard, food and forestry wastes, and animal manures. To be recognized as biochar, the material used has to pass a number of material property definitions that relate both to its value (e.g. H/Corg ratios relative to the degree of charring and mineralization in soil) and its safety (e.g. heavy metal content). AG Biochar is made from all natural untreated forest waste and nut shells. Below are the steps of Pyrolysis that take place in the process.