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ONfungi uses citizen science to boost soil restoration and carbon storage research
New experiments are here!
ONfungi is a group of volunteers who do citizen science experiments that help explore soil restoration and carbon storage.
It works as folks like you apply our “mud” or Fungal Dominant Compost (FDC) to your lawn, garden or farm field. When you report the results using one of our experiments; you become the planets soil hero!
Your joy, time, money and hard work are used to do neat science. Plant, Observe and Report! Its fun, its easy, and it adds to the very real science required to address climate change.
To restore the planet, go play in the mud
Get the kit, get growing
ONfungi’s citizen science experiments are designed for ages 10-100. You get
- a balanced kit of Fungal Dominant Compost (FDC) or "mud."
- Experiment instructions.
- And its all mailed to you no worries!
The new 2022 Experiment cycle starts shipping Feb. 03, 2022. Order now to join in. We have seed starting, garden prep, lawn support and farm field experiments! Pick one and grow, learn, regenerate.
How it works
You pick your experiment. Plant seeds/bulbs of your choice in your home soil; or, spread the FDC over your lawn; or, spray your no-till field — you decide what works best for your situation.
Whatever your choice: you add the FDC enhancer and you record the result. Finally, you upload your data to ONfungi and we share your data so everyone can learn!
So far we're proving that beneficial fungi will grow and spread down into the soil; adding carbon to the soil, and helping plants help each other! This network, taken care of, will grow year after year after year. Or so we hope. Let’s find out!
This is where you come in
To return this balance to the soil we are using a citizen science experiment designed for ages 10-100. You get a balanced kit complete with fungi trigger. You add this material to your home garden, lawn or trees; and you record the result. You upload your data to ONfungi and we share your data so everyone can learn!
Once reintroduced, the fungi will spread down into the soil; adding carbon to the soil sure, but also helping the plants help each other! And the network, taken care of, will grow year after year after year. Or so we hope. Let’s find out!
Are you ready to get started?
Donate to get kits to more kids. We have 500 kits to start.
PLUS, free shipping for the first 500 kits.
What other benefits are there for you?
Further benefits of project participation should include a massive upgrade for your home and garden soils, including:
* YES store carbon
* YES improve crop harvest and hopefully plant nutrient density, plus:
* improve water storage in soil
* increase plant water use efficiency
* reduce or eliminate fertilizer use
* greatly reduced agrichemical pollution
* more bees and butterflies and worms and ants and cool beetles and … more
Makes you a bit of an environmental hero really. Not saying you should swagger around the neighborhood boasting your science achievements. But you could.
Please come join us. Get a kit. Pick your experiment. Have fun playing in the mud!
What’s in the kit?
- 100g of FDC (BONUS 50g this spring!)
- Experiment instructions
- Access to the reporting feature
- and more … secret surprises? Maybe. Well. Yes, but we’re trying to be mysterious.
How it works
Step One: Collect your kit
ONfungi August Experiment Kits are mailing now. As soon as you buy your kit we start it on the journey to you. No waiting. Well, except for Canada Post and our handling process. Maybe minor waiting.
Step Two: Plant your seeds, distribute your fungi trigger
Start your experiment by following one of the Experimental Plans.
Pick a plan (we suggest one per kit):
Experiment 1: was 30 NOW $22
The first experiment is “easy” and looks at root growth using the fungi starter. As a bonus ONfungi also looks at carbon sequestration in lawn soils.
The rooting test is done over two weeks (or more if you like). The experiment uses your garden soil and a small amount of the ONfungi starter. Root growth is measured and web reporting is easily done. The cost for the kit is $30 including shipping and tax. The kit is available at ONfungi.net through their Fundrzr campaign. Experiments are designed by our biologist Emma Roy.
A bonus offer of ONfungi starter is included to allow you to try a soil inoculation and sequestration experiment. Two experiments in one!
These experiments are suitable for a wide range of ages; from 8 to 88. Emma is doing an easy to follow set up guide.
Experiment 2: $150
The second experiment adds MicroBiometer testing to your garden or lawn. Look more closely at soil changes with start, mid-term and experiment end Fungi:Bacteria and ug/G of carbon measurements!!! This experiment cycle works more closely with our volunteers and may require additional shipping and labour on the experimenters part. More for the advanced experimenter.
Cost is $150. This experiment may be geographically limited. We are testing this.
Report on results
The experiments all rely on reporting periods. You’ll go online to onfungi.net/report; fill in your data; be the goblin scientist!
We’ve tried to keep it straight forward. Its the many gathered
reports that are important. And the community we build
The reports from you are timed 2 to 4 weeks after planting.
Thank also to Fundrzr. These folks are a blessing to us. They are providing their platform and assistance at no cost to ONfungi. They really believe in what we are doing too!
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This is the full balanced fungi kit. The kit includes 100 grams of ready to apply fungi starter; experiment description; participatory web reporting; and much more. Ideal for citizen scientists from 10-100. Perks: * Free shipping. ** Social media shoutouts **** Choose the Green Leader Bar. Earn your Bar by participating in the web reporting. Your science efforts will be recognized. **** Go to onfungi.net to feed us new ideas for Perks. Thanks!
Ideal for gardeners Yes, you can do something about carbon sequestration and improve your home garden and lawn soil. The science appears to suggest that our ONfungi trigger unleashes a Quorom expansion. The soil microbiological growth yields carbon storage. Who knew? The large 250g FDC Home kit includes a fungi trigger dose sufficient for up to 1/3 acre of lawn. Simply mix the trigger material with water, place into a watering can or similar and spread over your lawn. For better results apply in the evening or superior results, during a rain storm. And let us take a moment to thank our supporters. Their interest, time and money have yielded this knowledge. Join us!
Like what we're doing but would prefer to make a straight donation? Your money supports many worthwhile soil science directed activities. Thank you. Note: we are in the process of incorporating as a not-for-profit. Don't worry, your money goes to real soil science and the creation of soil amendments for use by farmers, gardeners, lawn care, scientists and many more folk. For a Perk you're also listed under donors, if you wish.
This is a free kit to be distributed amongst participants of local organizations engaging in the study. Perks: * Free shipping. ** Social media shoutouts **** Choose the Green Leader Bar. Earn your Bar by participating in the web reporting. Your science efforts will be recognized. **** Go to onfungi.net to feed us new ideas for Perks. Thanks!
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