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Kelpie Wilson
Oregon, USA
I am a mechanical engineer by training, a writer and analyst by profession and a lover of nature, gardens, beauty and art.
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I will be giving multiple-day workshops this fall in Nebraska, Kansas, Oregon and California. Here are the basic schedules and registration info. All events are free. Event posters below. Great Plains Biochar Initiative Workshop Series Tuesday, Oct. 23 Chadron, NE 8am – 3pm Chadron State College, Sandoz Center Atrium 1101... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Wilson Biochar Associates
Dome School students will post their pictures, reports, artwork, songs, movies and results on this wiki. See the navigation bar on the right for pages reporting on each class session. The resources page has information for the Dome School teachers and assistants. We have completed the Dome School Biochar Project... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
Thank you to everyone who helped with the Dome School Biochar project: Kelpie Wilson, board member, Spiral Living Center. Kelpie designed the program and helped teach on "Biochar Wednesdays" Joe Ninneman, biologist, compost expert, and gardner. Joe helped make our biochar and led the activities in microscope exploration, the food... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
April 14, 2010, Takilma, Oregon By Daniel Dalegowski This is an ongoing activity in which small groups of students are transplanting seedling plants (starts) into pots filled with biochar-potting-soil mix. On April 14 Katherine helped the students to transplant red kale, red cabbage, and green cabbage. Katherine and the students... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
April 14, 2010, Takilma, OR By Daniel Dalegowski April 14 April 21 April 28 This is an ongoing project that Kelpie will work on with several small groups of Dome School students from week to week. This page will be updated periodically as new classes occur. April 14 Today Kelpie... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
Woodstock Lyrics Artist(Band):Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young) Words and Music by Joni Mitchell © 1969 by Siquomb Publishing Co. Well, I came upon a child of God He was walking along the road And I asked him, Tell me, where are you going? This he told me Said, I'm going... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
This page has a list of resources such as games, videos, websites and publications that the Dome School students and teachers are using. Stoves that make biochar The Dome School Biochar Stove - Instructions http://greenyourhead.typepad.com/files/how-to-make-dome-school-biochar-stove.pdf Instructions for making the Everything Nice Stove http://worldstove.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/EverythingNice_Stove_Instructions.pdf Japanese culture and charcoal Rebuilding sacred secrets... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
Students had to make some decisions about our biochar business. We had many things to sell at the Plant Sale: Plants grown in biochar soil mix Some of our leftover biochar Biochar Stoves Biochar art cards Carbon Cycle Energy Bars Instruction booklet for making biochar stoves We had to make... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
How to use biochar in plant experiments Here are some suggestions that can help you conduct valid and meaningful biochar experiments with plants 1. Find a source of biochar. Biochar is just charcoal, but charcoal can have very different properties depending on feedstock and process conditions. Potential sources of biochar... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
We have made a fully illustrated instruction manual showing you step-by-step how to make the Dome School Biochar Stove. Click on the link below to download the file. how to make Dome School Biochar Stove.pdf Details Download 867 KB Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
Takilma, OR , April 14, 2010 By Daniel Dalegowski This is an ongoing activity that Joe is teaching with rotating groups of students. The students are learning various animals, plants, and fungi that compose a food web. Today Joe helped the students fill out and color a worksheet with a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
Takilma, OR By Daniel Dalegowski This is an ongoing activity that different groups of students are participating in each Wednesday. This page will be updated with future information about this activity instead of creating a new page for future sessions. April 14 April 21 April 28 April 14 On April... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
April 28, 2010 Takilma, OR by Daniel Dalegowski Dome School Biochar Myths The Dome School students have been engaged in many activities that integrate with the projects being presented by the Spiral Living Center. The students studied biochar related myths of the Amazon region. They then wrote, illustrated, and performed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
The Dome School students produced a large body of work with home-made charcoal and chalk. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
On May 14, 2010, the Dome School students and faculty and members of the Spiral Living Center held an Art Walk plant sale in front of the Josephine County building in down-town Cave Junction, Oregon. The students have been engaged in an intensive biochar course taught in conjunction and organized... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
Dome School Biochar Experiment Report Date: May 12 2010 Aim The purpose of this experiment is to find out if plants grow better in biochar. We tested 3 different kinds of biochar. Hypothesis Our hypothesis is that biochar added to soil will help plants grow bigger and better than plants... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
April 7, 2010, The Dome School, Takilma, Oregon By Daniel Dalegowski Planting Seeds with Kelpie The Dome School students worked with Kelpie in the greenhouse to plant the seeds for the biochar experiment. They planted six-packs containers, three collard seeds per hole, that were filled with three kinds of biochar... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
March 31, 2010, Takilma, OR By Daniel Dalegowski Today the students planted seeds for plant sale at an upcoming Cave Junction Art Walk. Kelpie and Joe made a mixture of fish-emulsion- and kelp-based biochar and potting soil and filled pots for the students to plant. This project is not part... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
Wednesday, March 17, 2010, Takilma, OR By Daniel Dalegowski Today the Dome School biochar students did regular course work while Kelpie and Joe ground the biochar. Lori brought them out in small groups to watch the compost shredder at work. It was very messy and loud. Batches of urine, kelp,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
March 10, 2010, Takilma OR, by Daniel Dalegowski Microscope and Slide Activity with Joe Joe led the students and a drawing and vocabulary activity: diagram a cell and label it's parts. Joe brought several textbooks with good illustrations of cells for the students to reference. It was important for the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
Mar 3 2010, Takilma OR by Daniel Dalegowski Topics today: PH testing with Joe Carbon cycle diagram with Lori Gasifier construction with Kelpie PH Testing with Joe Joe used PH strips to test both vinegar and ammonia to establish the extreme parameters of acidity and baseness, respectively. These two readings... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
Microscopy, Carbon Game, and Collage February 24, 2010, Takilma, OR by Daniel Dalegowski Today Joe and Kelpie led the students in a microscope activity while Lorie helped them play carbon cycle games and work on the carbon cycle collage. Sharing Kelpie's biochar sprouts Kelpie shared a bucket of biochar that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
Mixing Char and Bokashi By Daniel Dalegowski Takilma, OR, February 17 2010. Today the students did two activities in small groups. Kelpie helped the students mix charcoal with the urine they have been collecting over the last several weeks and Joe gave the kids a lesson on bokashi and compost.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
STUDENTS MAKE DRAWING CHARCOAL AND CREATE CHAR ART By Katherine Roncalio Char art! Students collected a bucketful of long and narrow willow and rose sticks and they turned them into homemade drawing charcoal using Kelpie’s little stove. We watched a movie on the Brazilian rain forest and we looked in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids
Limestone Deposit Experiment by Lori Karjalahti February 5, 2009, Takilma, OR This week the Dome School students continued to test for CO2. Last week after adding CO2 with their breath to lime water the students labeled their glasses of limewater and set them aside where they would go undisturbed for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Biochar for Kids