The Charcola Group LLC is a start-up company focused on developing consumer products based on or derived from Biochar. 

We are a small but determined team looking to make a positive impact.  We don't want to look back and say we should have done something.  So we are doing something. And we are doing it now.

Steve Rhodes:  BS in Biology from Bates College  Steve has many years of experience in international business focused on hearth products,  building materials and the construction industry.   Steve has lived and worked abroad in several countries, including: Japan and Albania.  He has started several business ventures and has been in key management positions at several companies.  Steve currently resides with his wife in Plymouth NH.

Todd Smith:  Degree in Management with a small business and entrepreneurship focus from The Indiana University Kelly School of Business.  Has worked for several small companies where you could count all the employees on your fingers and large companies where a single department could qualify on its own to be in the Fortune 500.  His background has been in IT data systems.  Todd currently lives with his family in Freeport ME.

Savory Institute

allan savory

In our opinion Allan Savory has revolutionized how we think of grasslands and range management all over the world.  His inspired TED Talk:  How to fight desertification and reverse climate change is a must see.

The Savory Institute is having a worldwide impact.  Biochar has been used in conjunction with the holistic management policies of the Savory Institute.

From their website: The Savory Institute promotes large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands through holistic management. We use properly managed livestock to heal the land and empower others to do the same. We also remove barriers on the path to large-scale success through activities such as conducting research, creating market incentives and raising public awareness.

The Nature and Properties of Soils

by: Nyle C. Brady and Ray R. Weil

This is an extremely interesting and very readable Great Big Fat Book on Soils.  Almost 1,000 pages. Lots of practical information and applications in the sidebars Anyone serious about gardening and biochar should read this book.  Used copies are available and not too costly.

The Intelligent Gardener

by: Steve Soloman with Erica Reinheimer

The best book we have ever read on gardening and growing your own food.  Soloman speaks from years of experience in tough soils.  Soloman has "been there and done that" He does not pull any punches discussing either agribusiness or the organic farming movement.  We love his section on the "Shit Method of Agriculture" Some great historical perspective on the science and the practice of growing food.  His approach is logical, balanced, and well thought out.  While he does not address biochar except in passing we have lots of ideas that were generated from this book.  The soil testing advice alone is worth the price.  If you grow your own stuff, this book is a must have.

The Biochar Revolution

by Paul Taylor(Author, Editor), Hugh McLaughlin(Author), Tim Flannery(Foreword)

We like this book for its practical advice to the citizen scientist and the do-it-your-self-er.  18 contributors.  Tons of info.  Forward by Tim Flannery, the great activist and writer on climate change from OZ.

Biochar for Environmental Management

by Johannes Lehmann (Editor), Stephen Joseph (Editor)

The book that "re-started it all" This is the starting place for those with a serious interest in biochar.  Originally published in 2009 a new edition looms for 2015 with a $158 price tag. (we will keep you posted)


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