with Hans Erken

Permaculture Designer since 1979 and was awarded in many ways for many reasons. He was the first in Australia to successfully produce & market tropical & temperate bamboo shoots & other Asian vegetables, principally PHYLLOSTACHYS heterocycla var. pubescens & BAMBUSA oldhamii, Lotus, Chinese Waterchestnuts & various ginger spices and he still provide a large number of varieties at his nursery EarthCare.


His newest passion is on Biochar which is charcoal prepared and used as a soil amendment. It sequesters carbon, holds soil nutrients & waters and lowers greenhouse emissions from the soil.

Hans will sharing his wisdom with us at the Forum on Healthy Soil and you can get his contact directly on or



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