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For the last 12 hours of the Local Carbon Network crowdfund campaign, we’re offering a limited set of highly discounted biochar bags; in both single kg servings, as well as 3 month membership delivery form.  The 1kg bags for the next 25 sponsors are reduced from $25 to $15.  And the 3 month membership deliveries are reduced from $75 to $45, with only 10 slots available.

More info on these specials is in the Indiegogo campaign here:

The total campaign is currently at $41,000, with some larger sponsorships in process today as we approach the finish line.  It is unlikely we’re going to meet our full $150,000 goal on this cycle, but with your help, we think we can reach at least $50,000 before midnght tonight.  This will be adequate to set the foundations of the project in motion, with further fundraising to continue.

Our real desire–and what we are succeeding with through this campaign launch–is the ability to run the experiment of a new model for Local Carbon Crawdown, based on the already established community scale solutions for Local Food economies.  We think there is leverage to be found in replicating Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model of regular food box deliveries, through now as Community Supported Carbon Sequestration (CS^2), for personal scale direct action on climate and soil.  We also see using the local Farmers Markets as a network hub for moving biochar from producer to consumer, on the same infrastructure as currently being used for Local Food distribution.

Laying a carbon product and exchange over the top of these already existing activities and infrastructure seems a natural fit and a major point of leverage to get Local Carbon waste back into local soil.  We think you shoud be able to get a bag of sky carbon included with your CSA veggie box delivery, and affirm your Local food, soil and carbon cycle together.  Right now we can only offer biochar on its own, but integrating it with already existing mixed CSA boxes is where we want to take this.  We want to make carbon drawdown and soil regeneration a regular and accessible activity, not unlike your regular sourcing of food.  That is how we will scale this to climate relevant size.

We hope the discounts will encourage more people to try out this “carbon drawdown as a service” membership program; whether to yourself or to a sponsored organization.  We need interested people to the run the test cycles to learn the potential and problems of this new model, which requires getting you into the membership program.

I hope you will consider joining us in this final push, so you can enjoy the soil bounty that will come later:

Jim Mason
All Power Labs
Founder, CEO

PS:  For those who missed the earlier APL News posts about the Local Carbon Network Project, a more detailed description of the project is reproduced below, 


Local Carbon Network

Community Supported Carbon Sequestration. Moving carbon from “sky-to-soil” to reverse climate change

The “Local Carbon Network” is a new participatory project we’re launching at All Power Labs to put a meaningful dent in the climate problem. The project uses the carbon negative energy and agricultural machines we’ve been developing for the last decade, combined with hands in soil at local gardens and farms, to move carbon from “sky-to-soil” for Community Based Carbon Sequestration.

The project is an unusual collaboration between plants, people and machines. The plants are green-waste, which recently captured atmospheric carbon via photosynthesis, but are now a disposal problem. The machines take this “waste” and make energy and carbon biochar for soil out of it. And the people put it in the ground for improved plant growth, water conservation, and long term sequestration of carbon. Taken together, good things happen locally across Energy, Food and Water systems– which makes good things happen globally for climate by “refossilizing” sky carbon back into the underground.

We’re running this Community Supported Carbon Sequestration on the model of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes you get weekly or monthly via membership. Now, the membership is for ongoing local carbon drawdown, with a physical product delivered that does magical things for your garden, house plants, farm, or vineyard.

The goal is to create a replicable model based on the common understandings and methods of Local Food and Farmers’ Market networks. We’re creating the first “proof of concept” and template for it here in the East Bay of California. We then expect the model to spread with low friction as a layover to Local Food and Local Market economies elsewhere in the US and globally.


Success in this initial East Bay capital campaign fund and deployment will justify follow-on campaigns and deployments dedicated to other Local Carbon Clusters.   APL intends to followup on the East Bay campaign with additional Local Carbon Clusters in California, Italy, Liberia and India.  These areas will be next as projects can build on business and service logistics already established by All Power Labs in these markets, and demonstration projects already operated to success.


The goal is to fuel progressive steps towards, and long-term stewardship of, gigawatts of carbon-negative power and product deployments; with the ultimate objective of enabling a 10-40ppm drawdown in global CO2 concentration over the next century.  A 10-40ppm drawdown is approximately 10-20% of the carbon reduction that will be needed to maintain global temperature increase below 2˚C, the commonly-accepted point that will stave off catastrophic climate change.  

“Global Carbon Management through Green-waste Management” is one our most powerful tools to do something consequential about climate change with today’s technology and at-market products.  Moreover, it is a solution that can be run profitably–delivering real economic value across Energy, Food and Water systems–and therefore has a built in engine to scale.   

APL will not do this as a single company, but as a general industry enabled and pursuing the what is ultimately a market driven solution for energy and agricultural needs, we just might be able to make it happen.  Model details on the climate and financial modeling behind this scenario is in the campaign:  

Yes, we have solutions to “refossilize” consequential amounts of carbon out of the sky and into the ground.  Plants + People + Machines can work together and drawdown carbon for both local value and global climate benefit.

I hope you will join us in setting this very accessible trim tab against the unrelenting fossil CO2 flow.

Jim Mason
Founder, CEO
All Power Labs

The Local Carbon Network campaign is here:

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