Pioneer Valley Biochar Initiative

At A Glance


Karen Ribeiro


Belchertown/Amherst, Massachusetts

Active since:


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Our Purpose

PVBI is a group of farmers, foresters, professors, students and concerned citizens, promoting public awareness about a growing body of soil science affirming biochar’s value as a soil amendment that can increase soil productivity and enhance crop health when incorporated into farm, forest and garden soils. We are motivated by biochar’s ability to sink atmospheric carbon, and it’s incredible potential for restoring soil health as a natural catalyst/aid in living soil systems. Both are a crucial response to the worsening climate crises, and will help mitigate future food shortages by increasing both agricultural yield and resilience to draught and disease. We support environmentally responsible biochar research, production and land application. Our policy is to draw from clean sources of woody biomass detritus such as farm waste, yard waste, and storm damage, and to utilize process heat from clean char making processes. We encourage the PV to get informed & join our online forum.