The Antioch Biochar Saga: A Cross-Generational Alumni Collaboration

The author with the Antioch biochar stove

There is nothing out there quite like biochar; it is the latest of the alternative energies. As a product of renewable, fuel-efficient, high-yielding heat production, biochar is a special kind of charcoal that is used as a soil amendment. Still in the pioneering phases, biochar technologies have an incredible amount of potential. That is why Antioch College is now experimenting with these new methods.

In a collaborative effort between Antioch Kitchens, the Antioch Farm, and the facilities department of Antioch College, students, alumni, and volunteers constructed Antioch’s first biochar stove during Reunion Weekend 2012.