Carbon Science : Carbon Culture



Carbon is one of the most abundant elements in the Universe, and in our bodies. It gives us fire, diamonds, graphite and coal, and is embedded in everything we grow and consume. 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 discuss how he is adapting 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, available 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

Get in quick, places are limited!!

Announcing the AFS Project launch dinner and theatre event!

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“In every true artist, or farmer, or scientist there is a spark, as precious as that first tiny spark with which life itself began…” Louis Bromfield, 1951


Sparks flew last year when Rick Hutton from The Living Classroom in Bingara proposed to stage a play inspired by KSCA’s AFS Project at Bingara’s dazzling Roxy Theatre. Rick’s vision was to use theatre to introduce the project to the community in the New England region of NSW.

What a rollicking good idea we said!

We are delighted to announce that this spark ignited some very creative work. In just a few weeks, the North West Theatre Company will host the launch dinner for our project. Their production will be complemented by a locavore’s feast fit for carnivore and herbivore alike. Dinner and a show!

KSCA wild foods guru Diego Bonetto will work with stylist Marnie Fox, local caterers Friends of Touriandi, and farmer Glenn Morris of Figtree Organic Farms to feed the multitudes. Several of the AFS Project artists will be there to share their brand new collaborative projects with the audience. We can’t wait! Come join us – tickets are limited!

Where: The Roxy Theatre, 74 Maitland street, Bingara, NSW

When: 7.00pm, Saturday 5th May 2018.

How much: $50 per person for “dinner and a show”. BYO Drinks.

Click HERE to buy tickets.

Read more about the AFS Project HERE. And click HERE to read an ABC story about The Roxy Theatre, only recently restored to its 1930s glory and reopened!

STOP PRESS: KSCA is likely to be able to offer free accommodation at The Living Classroom’s bunkhouse to a few punters between May 4th-6th. But get in quick! To register your interest email