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Biochar Meetup: Exploring Biochar’s Potential as an Innovative Wood Product

127 Church Street
Hardwick, VT

Please join the Vermont Forest Industry Network and the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board Forestry Committee on March 7 in Hardwick at a Meet Up to explore biochar’s potential as an innovative wood product.
Speakers include nationally-recognized speaker and author Kathleen Draper, U.S. Director of the Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence; Kaitlin Hayes, Vermont State Water Quality Specialist and manager of the Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge; Donna Pion and Luke Persons with Green State Biochar in Greensboro Bend, and Tom Vanacore with Rock Dust Local in Bridport, who will share their knowledge and experience with this intriguing product made from woody biomass.
Registration is $25, and includes coffee and light pastries, the morning program and lunch. After lunch we’ll travel to a nearby woodlot to tour a timber sale being logged by students at Green Mountain Technology and Career Center in Hardwick.
RSVP here to reserve your spot! 
Detailed Agenda
Hardwick Town House, 29 Church Street, Hardwick, VT
Followed by a Tour of an active logging job on property owned by Paul Frederick
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.    Registration, coffee and pastries
9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.     Kathleen Wanner, Chair, WLEB Forestry Committee, Welcome; Introductions
9:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Presentation and Q&A with Kathleen Draper, U.S. Director, Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence; Board Member, International Biochar Initiative/U.S. Biochar Initiative
11 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  Break
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Kaitlin Hayes, Agricultural Water Quality Specialist, Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, to share the latest from the Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge and the exploration of biochar as it relates to water quality in Vermont
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Q & A with Vermont biochar businesses:
 Donna Pion and Luke Persons, Green State Biochar, Greensboro Bend, VT, will share their biochar production efforts
Thomas Vanacore, Rock Dust Local, Bridport, VT, will share his experience sourcing woody biomass for his biochar production
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch at the Town House, catered by Craftsbury General Store
1:30 p.m. Travel to Frederick Property, 1151 Center Road, Hardwick (Less than 2 miles away; carpooling is encouraged)
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tour of Frederick Property
3:00 p.m.  End