We enjoy showing guests what's going on here at SCSA. Even though we are fairly new here to implementing ideas and programs of biochar, small-scale organic farming, sustainability, and permaculture, we like showing people around, because frequently they have more knowledge and experience than we do, and we gain as much from them as we think we offer. If we are able to help others a little with our experience, even one small idea, or vice versa, then the visit and exchange was more than worth the time.
This week we had a visitor every day. On Monday, Izabel Lam came. She volunteers at a community urban garden in Brooklyn, NY, and just recently found out about biochar. She was interested in learning more about it to see how it could help the organization she works with.
On Tuesday, Seth Yentes visited. Seth and his wife, his brother and his brother's partner, all own and run North Branch Farm in Monroe, ME. He wants to incorporate biochar into their operation and is researching an appropriate design for a retort. After leaving here, he headed to Vermont to see Michael Low (Vermont Biochar) and his retort, so he could compare the advantages of a masonry Adam retort vs. a steel one.
On Wednesday, Marty Castriotta from the Orchard School and Orchard Farm in Alstead, NH visited. He was interested in seeing our rainwater harvesting system, but because of his permaculture background and the courses they teach, we talked about everything else we're doing here also.
On Thursday and Friday, Ryan Sverid, from New England Biochar, was here to repair some issues that had developed with our biochar retort. He made some excellent repairs, and we should be able to continue producing biochar right on schedule.
Today, the Bobrow family from Putney, VT stopped by to learn more about biochar. Daughter Sydney is studying biochar at school and wanted to learn more first-hand.
What was evident to me is that all of these visitors are passionate about various aspects of sustainability, all are successful at what they do, and all of them were engaging and interesting to talk with. Judging from the diversity, background, and knowledge of our visitors, it appears we are headed in the right direction.