Vital Char is our brand name for biochar. It is “charcoal” made from Nebraska sourced biomass. It is made from a process called “pyrolysis” which is a burning under low oxygen environment at temperature from 600 to 1800 F. Biochar has a high % of carbon in a stable state that will last for centuries. It is highly porous with lots of little tubes and lots of surface area. The wood used to make biochar can be from trash wood from manufacturing and from trees affected by diseases like the Ash and Pine trees.
What is biochar good for? When added to soil that has under 5% carbon, it has many benefits:
Helps the soil hold water
Captures critical elements like Nitrogen, and reduces the leaching in runoff
Becomes a “home” for required biological organisms that enable plant growth
Contributes to long term carbon sequestration to help reduce the carbon going into the atmosphere
Vital Char is the cornerstone to rebuilding dirt back into soil!
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