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Carbon Science: Carbon Culture

  • The Living Classroom 1 Killarney Gap Road Bingara, NSW, 2404 Australia (map)


Carbon is one of the most abundant elements in the Universe, and in our bodies. It gives us fire, diamonds, graphite and coal. Friend and foe, creator and destroyer, Carbon is a source of fertility in our landscapes and chaos in our climate.  

Join us for a fascinating workshop at The Living Classroom (TLC), with artists, farmers and scientists, to gain a fresh perspective on Carbon.

We will:

Learn about biochar, a charcoal-based soil additive that has been used to re-purpose farm waste and build soil fertility for centuries. We will hear from those directly involved in the Biochar for Sustainable Soils (B4SS) project, active in China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Indonesia, Vietnam and Peru. 

Build a Kon-Tiki biochar kiln on site and produce a batch of biochar that you can take home with you. We will also test a charcoal drum kiln built by Peter Turnbull, who will describe his adaptation of a gasifier to convert chipped wood mass into electricity, hot water, gas and charcoal. 

Learn about the recently launched Carbon Farm, a world-first demonstration site at TLC showcasing carbon sequestration methods in farming and land management.

Join a discussion and activities led by four artists in residence at TLC involved in the ‘An artist, a farmer and a scientist walk into a bar…’ project. We will explore how carbon features in the artists’ projects, and speculate on how carbon can be re-imagined in modern society.

This event is facilitated by:

Ruy Anaya de la Rosa (environmental scientist/ B4SS Project Director)

Adam Blakester (sustainability entrepreneur/founding Director of Starfish Initiatives)

Georgie Pollard, Alex Wisser, Jono Bolitho, Laura Fisher (artists)

Rick Hutton (educator/CEO, The Living Classroom)

Garry McDouall (farmer/Chair, The Carbon Farm)

Event details:

Where: The Living Classroom, 1 Killarney Gap Rd, Bingara

When: Sunday June 24 10:30am to 3:00pm.

Tickets: $20, buy them through eventbrite here. Children are welcome!

Bring: a light lunch – we will provide damper, soup, tea and coffee. Wear sensible clothing for outdoor work. 

Contact: Rick Hutton 0438 355 197 or at

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