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February 27-28: Biochar Workshop near Tualatin, OR

Learn how charred biomass (biochar) can increase soil productivity, reduce wildfire risk, and slow climate change. In a morning classroom session on Feb 27, biochar consultant Kelpie Wilson will present biochar basics and the science of biochar production. USDA ARS researchers (Kristin Trippe, Manuel Jaramillo) will present their Biochar Atlas decision support tool for biochar applications and discuss recent field trials using biochar in vineyards and other applications.  The afternoon session will take place at the David Hill Winery where Kelpie Wilson will demonstrate on-farm applications of biochar for making compost from farm waste, manure management in barns and the production of bokashi – a fermented organic fertilizer made from biochar and farm wastes. We will reconvene at David Hill Winery on Feb. 28 for a full-day demonstration of methods for producing biochar from vineyard prunings using small biochar kilns and biochar pile burning techniques. Register here to reserve your space.

February 29: Biochar Workshop in Corbett, OR

More info coming soon

March 7-8: Biochar Course at Siskiyou Field Institute

March 27: Biochar Workshop in Gold Beach, OR

More info coming soon. 

June 11-13: Fire and Climate Summit

Save the date. KSWild is sponsoring a Fire & Climate Summit in Medford, OR. There will be a biochar demonstration and other important information on forests and fire resiliency. Check KS Wild for more info.

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About Kelpie Wilson

Kelpie Wilson is an engineer and analyst with 35 years of experience in renewable energy, sustainable forestry and resource conservation. 


Since 2008, she has focused on biochar. She has consulted with private industry and government agencies through her company Wilson Biochar Associates. Her contracts have included work for the International Biochar Initiative, Washington Department of Ecology, North Dakota Forest Service, Great Plains Biochar Initiative, Oregon Biochar Solutions, Long Tom Restoration Council, California Almond Board, and many others. She is also a founding board member of the US Biochar Initiative.


Kelpie works directly with forest managers, the wood products industry, and farmers to develop systems for making biochar from waste biomass. She researches and teaches techniques for using biochar in compost and manure management, and presents many biochar workshops every year. She was profiled by Capital Press as a Western Innovator in September 2016.

Our Approach

Wilson Biochar Associates can guide you and your business to opportunities in biochar. If you are a farmer looking for advice on applications, a resource manager looking for techniques for converting biomass to biochar, or a community member who wants to know more about biochar: 

  • Check out our e-books, white papers and webinars
  • Come to a biochar training session
  • Contact us to schedule consulting hours or initiate a larger project.

Why Us?

Biochar is an exciting new field with great potential but significant uncertainties. That's where expertise from Wilson Biochar Associates can make all the difference for the success of your enterprise. Wilson Biochar Associates specializes in biochar technology, market development, education and outreach.

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Wilson Biochar Associates

PO Box 1444, Cave Junction, Oregon 97523, United States