Tea: We did our third tea harvest on November 30, processed as a green tea. We have actual packaging now with a logo and label. Several people bought it to give as a holiday gift. As our first green, it was delicate and floral and nice, and it sold out quickly.
Biochar: the first solid results are in. Test 1 (green beans) didn’t work well as plants varied widely within each plot. Test 2 (popcorn) showed promise with the char plots growing better, but heavy rains this fall prevented any of the plots from maturing to compare yield. Test 4 (taro) is still in progress as taro grows slowly at our elevation. Test 3 (sweet potatoes) was harvested yesterday:
8 plants, control: 13.8 lbs
8 plants, with char and IMO: 21.2 lbs
That’s around 50% more tuber, and here’s the picture, control on the left:
This corresponds what Jay in Puna has reported on his use of biochar with hawaiian food sustainability (see biochar on the Sensible Simplicity forum)
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