ONfungi uses citizen science to boost soil restoration and carbon storage research

Volunteer Janice Reid kindly demonstrates the 2021/22 Lawn Experiment.
Just in: New video outlines Lawn Experiment cycle “Mix, Strain, Apply”

Nov 15, 2021 — In this video we demonstrate the basic “Lawn Experiment.” This experiment is designed to test whether the fungal dominant compost (FDC) can restore carbon to soil. We will observe changes to the soil and plants.

For full instructions see “Lawn Experiment Demonstration


Nov 10: 8 bioreactors full and starting on their 2 year journey to 2023. Time is good thing when it comes to life.
Volunteers Pamela Steele and Mike Pitcher are seen here filling one of 8 new bioreactors. Photo: Scott Hortop.
Nov 5: Scott Hortop gets a plug from the CBC on FDC: How Fallen Leaves can Fight Climate Change.
Eight new ONfungi bioreactors are full and on the journey to 2023 lawn, garden and farm use

Nov 1, 2021 — Volunteers Pam Steele and Mike Pitcher (l-r) pose by the bioreactors being started for the 2023 growing season. Along with Dave Bustard (not shown) the crew has now filled 4 of 8 bioreactors (update-Nov 2) (“Almost 5”-Nov 3)

“I’m really impressed with their dedication. They started a new bioreactor this morning and by finish time it was full,” said Scott the wizard Hortop.

The new volunteers join the bioreactor crew of Scott Hortop, Mark MacKenzie, Kelvin Hodges and Emma Roy. “We have 8 new bioreactors prepping fungal dominant compost (FDC) in support of the 2023 growing season,” said Emma. “I’m looking forward to years of continuing research.”

Follow the Story: Video and plans for the bioreactors are in progress.


Oct. 15, 2021 — experiments find ONfungi inoculate shows real value. Photo: Kelvin Hodges
See Kelvin and Sue's video results on rooting success here.
Fall experiment cycle finds ONfungi FDC doubles soil carbon, improves fungal balance and results in larger growth

Our final microbiometer readings were extraordinary. The plot with the Fungal Dominant Compost (FDC) now boasts a 1.4:1 fungal to bacteria ratio. In contrast, the control measures 0.6:1. For a comparison, a high quality forest soil typically boasts a 3:1 fungi to bacteria ratio. Grasslands are typically 1:1. Plus, when we look at soil carbon levels, we see that in 8 weeks this treated soil went from poor in carbon to superior. Fabiotic!

Follow Emma’s experiment cycle here.

ONfungi says “find joy”

To restore the planet, let’s play in the mud

ONfungi is a group of volunteers and one biologist who organize citizen science experiments where you help explore soil restoration and carbon storage.

It works as you apply our “mud” or Fungal Dominant Compost (FDC) to your lawn, garden or farm field. When you report the results using Emma Roy’s (our lonely biologist) experiment fields; you become the planets soil hero!

Your time, money and hard work are then 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.

Yes, you are a climate science hero. Get your ONfungi experiment Kit and play.

Learn more about our experiments and how to use them here

Feel the mud. Turn your lawn, garden or farm into a soil regenerating joy.
Discover joy for all ages using your lawn or garden. Its about gathering data and having fun. Rural? special consideration for farmers doing no-till. Urban? your support also supports farmers.

To support ONfungi, get your ONfungi FDC kit or just donate: The planet thanks you.
Rewards! Participants are eligible for Green bar recognition of their contribution to science and ONfungi pin. Price to be determined.

Your kit includes 100g of FDC. Experiment instructions. Access to the reporting feature and more … secret surprises? Maybe. Well. Yes, but we’re trying to be mysterious.
Newsletter signup: Periodically we’ll send out a newsletter on our latest activities.

Thanks to Fundrazr. These folks are a blessing to us. They are providing their platform and assistance at no cost to ONfungi. They believe in what we are doing too.

We are also deeply grateful to Sustainable Eastern Ontario for their Intern Support Program.

And give thanks to GreenDavid.ca for their help developing and publishing this exciting work.

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