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Energy Corps member Michael Daniel explains how to build a Biochar Retort Kiln. He presents the benefits to using biochar as a soil amendment in a garden as well as various materials you can obtain on a budget.


Sticking with Sustainability in the South

Throughout my time at the University of Tennessee, my academic advisor would have conversations with me about my post graduate plans. During these talks, something would always come up about which area of the country I planned on going to Continue reading →


Getting to Know Wild Missoula

Read about Darcy’s introduction to the Missoula community and her project work for the service year: A herd of antelope meanders alongside US-287, their stately grace silhouetted against the rough cliffs of Vedauwoo, Wyoming. I slow down, hoping they won’t Continue reading →

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Coming up for air

Read about Kris’s realizations during her first few weeks of service: One month into my service term, I feel inspired, tired and determined. Ten more months to go and I wonder, will I get it all done? Almost everyday at Continue reading →


Community Reconnection through Service

I’ve spent the last ten years moving around.  Since 2004, my average occupancy duration for an apartment or rent house has been about 12 months.  I’ve lived in seven different cities in five states. Throw in a six-month deployment to Continue reading →


Serving to Change Perceptions

Here’s a fun fact: I used to work as a cashier at Barnes and Noble. Here’s another: the most common answer to the question “Would you like a plastic bag?” is “Why not?” Every time I got that response, I Continue reading →

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