“It’s like seeing your child off on the first day of school,” he describes. “It can be scary to let go and trust that the product will be okay on its own.”
Touted for greater fertilizer efficiency, greater water efficiency, greater microbial activity, and greater yield, biochar, or, biological charcoal, is used for soil building and to enhance overall soil health.
“Soil is like a pot of chili. It’s not just the beans. It’s not just the meat. It’s not just the veggies or the spices. It’s the whole thing, and the flavors are complimentary,” says Hunt.
“Charcoal is a naturally occurring element of soil and is not something new. The practice of using charcoal in agriculture is actually very old and most cases forgotten,” Hunt explains. “In the realm of science involving waste management, energy production, climate change mitigation and agriculture, the paradigm was so exciting it had to be given a name—biochar.”
A number of Hunt’s customers in Hawaii are home gardeners. Hunt says, “Home gardeners care about soil health and the quality of their produce because they are feeding themselves and their family.”
“Many of my clientele enjoy supporting a local cause and care about the greater environment. Those concerned about these things take part in the solution by growing some of their own food and using sustainably produced materials that embrace a greater stewardship of our planet’s resources,” he explains.
He also sells biochar to small, organic and progressive farms and various nurseries since biochar has been shown to improve growth and reduce the need for fertilizer and water, which can lower overall costs.
“The future of biochar lies not just in farmyards, but in backyards,” says Hunt. “Every gardener can make a difference.”
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