By applying biochar substrate, known as Terra Preta, we want to support and stabilize the humus formation in agriculture and horticulture.
The aim is to increase the average humus content to at least 5.5 percent - this is where the self-organization of the soil organisms begins.
In this way, yields can be increased.
- Increase in biodiversity
- Sequestration of greenhouse gas
The starting material will be the 30,000 t of green cuttings and landscape maintenance material, which are produced on average in each district in Germany. (*1)
The woody part is turned into biochar, the herbaceous part is mixed with the biochar and then fermented and given to farmers, gardeners and allotment gardeners as cheaply as possible.
The organizational form of a cooperative should serve this purpose.
We advise on the selection of carbonation systems and on the involvement of experts in regenerative agriculture.
We receive support from communication experts, in order to organize a successful exchange with agriculture and citizens.
(Prof. Dr. Peter Schmuck: Zukunftskommunen.de and others)
The increase in productivity resulting from the use of Terrra Preta substrate creates space for the creation of waterfront strips, field margins and flower strips.
There are also keylines - strips of wood along the contour lines that keep the water in the field.
These strips have a multiple function:
- Biotope formation and biotope networking
- water protection
- Erosion protection
- Storage of water
- Biodiversity storage
At the same time, a permaculture nursery based on the model of the French farm Bec Hellouin is being set up, here the biochar substrate is to be used as an example, handicapped people are to find a job, an information and conference center is to be attached.
(* 1) Source: Federal Environment Agency, costs and benefits of optimized biowaste recycling with regard to energy efficiency, climate and resource protection, texts 43/2010 (e.g. p. 36, Fig. 8 and p. 66, Tab. 10)
The loss of biodiversity is one of the biggest global problems, together with climate change and with the nitrogen cycle.
We offer regional solutions in all three problem areas.
Use of the graphic with the kind permission of Jürgen Paeger,