Who We Are

CharGrowis a team of agricultural, microbiological and engineering professionals that specialize in green energy, carbon sequestration and crop production. From this combined effort, we have developed solutions to many of the environmental problems that we face today.

With research in Ohio, New Jersey, Florida and Virginia we have continually refined our process to achieve a product that closes the loop for agricultural sustainability.  Using biomass residues from farm and forest which are converted to biochar, we make a biological tool that increases crop productivity.  The residues from the crops that are grown with biochar can be used to generate new energy and biochar.  With each new crop season, we rebuild the soil, capture carbon and then a portion of that carbon can be used to generate heat and electricity.

Our work

At CharGrow, we create biochar products that optimize plant performance and increase water and nutrient holding capacity of soil. We begin our process by collecting wood residuals that would otherwise be discarded. Under carefully controlled high temperature conditions, this material is transformed to biochar; a charcoal like substance that is specifically designed to enrich the soil. To finish the process, we inoculate our biochar with beneficial soil microorganisms and plant foods.

In addition to its many soil benefits, biochar takes over 1000 years to break down.  When used in the soil, it provides a perfectly natural system of capturing carbon from the atmosphere and putting it back in the earth. In this manner, we have a nearly permanent way of building plant productivity and reducing greenhouse gases for generations to come.

OUR INSPIRATION

Our work is inspired by the ancient techniques used by the first Americans. Prior to colonization, large populations of indigenous people used charcoal to create vast areas of fertile soil for their crops. Scientists have agreed that biochar can last for several hundred years, creating permanent changes in the vitality and nutrient holding capacity of soil. At CharGrow, we are continuing to expand on the knowledge.

Giving back to the land was what made native soil so productive; and the soils they built are still feeding us today. BioChar is part of that same “Carbon Smart” Growing System that supported the original inhabitants of North and South America. That’s good for the soil, good for reducing carbon emissions, and great for your garden.