Join us Saturday, April 3rd at our Grow Lunch Garden/First Foods Forest site at Topaz Farm from 10am-2pm for a very special work day! We are delighted to have the incredible Cuauhtemoc Villa leading a hands-on biochar workshop.

Cuauhtemoc Villa is a bokashi and biochar educator, consultant, and a restoration technician with Sound Native Plants. He restores ecosystems and focuses on permaculture techniques, biochar, bokashi, guerrilla gardening, and food sovereignty. He has been teaching youth and adult education on these topics for years and focuses on how to improve and maintain very productive soil. He is a talented and natural teacher with an amazing ability to merge indigenous knowledge and ways with modern techniques.

Biochar is a specialized form of charcoal produced using high heat, it is often used as a soil amendment to increase yields and conserve nutrients and water. We are so excited to learn more about the history and ancient wisdom behind biochar, as well as how to prepare and use biochar to make the land we tend more healthy and productive.

This workshop is open to anyone who is interested in coming out and learning and growing with us; there is no charge but we will be accepting donations towards purchasing plants for our First Foods Forest project.

Registration is recommended but not required. To register, please fill out our Workshop & Workday Sign-up Form:


  • Occurred Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Topaz Farm

17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd.
Portland, OR 97231

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