Doug Pow is a farmer from Manjimup, Western Australia where he raises beef cattle and grows avocados. In 2012 Doug began experimenting with feeding biochar to his cattle with profound results far in excess of his original expectations, both biologically and economically. While originally conceived as a natural and low cost mechanism for building soil carbon, Doug’s pioneering and innovative approach has transformed his farm by increasing productivity while simultaneously reducing fertilizer use and GHG emissions.
More recently he began incorporating biochar when planting new avocado, with the aim of creating a better draining more aerated soil that more closely approximates the physical properties of the volcanic andisol soil in which the avocado evolved. His thoughtful, well documents experiments with the application of biochar have shown dramatic improvements in avocado tree development.