New experiments are here!
July 21, 2021 — Emma is almost ready with the new experiments. That’s right. We have two new experiments coming in late July for August testing. One will be very quick and easy. The second will be more demanding of your scientific abilities. Both have 4 week run times. Should be fun!
And the growth continues
July 01, 2021 — Hi everyone, ONfungi welcomes Emma Roy. Emma is a biology BSc who will be taking over the science side of ONfungi. She’s been joined by Luca LaFontaine. Luca will be bringing IT skills to our setup of an online community meeting space as well as helping Emma improve our science reporting.
Also welcoming new volunteers Mark MacKenzie, Louise Ennis (who’s helping us get organized) and Peter Baril.
Please come back often: we’re growing!
To restore the planet, go play in the mud
May 07, 2021 — How we got started — This is the story of Kelvin and Scott. Kelvin and Scott like to make green things. One green thing Scott makes is fungal dominant leaf compost. One green idea Kelvin had; use citizen science to get lots of little packages of the compost into many hands; have them use the techniques of soil rebalancing with this compost; and then join together to record what happens.
Now, they wonder, could this use of 1:1 balanced fungi help save the planet?
Why would we do this?
The problem with how we’ve treated our soils by digging them up constantly; and burning out or locking away the nutrients; is we need an excess of nutrient, ie. we fertilize. Excess nutrients lead to other troubles and now we need pesticides and herbicides and fungicides; and with all this we truly damage the soil. As our food comes from this soil, we’re not doing ourselves any favours. And the process burns off soil carbon releasing CO2; something we have rather too much of right now.
What’s the solution?
So how do we fix this? Well. There are lots of ways. But what many people today are finding out is: you can rebuild carbon in soil.
Stop turning over the soil, stop using probably deadly toxins. Put the fungi, bacteria, nematodes, protozoa, ants and soil critters, back into the soil and use the solution that arose over the 450 million years of plant-fungi coevolution.
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 1:1 fungal compost. 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!
Now the 1:1 balanced fungal mix Scott has produced using leaf compost looks ideal for grassland and garden growth. It happens to be the perfect blend for home use. We thought, let’s start here!
Plus, this is the starter dose. 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?
Go to our Fundrazr campaign to order a $30 compost kit for yourself, your family or neighbor. Donate to get kits to more kids. We have 500 kits to start.
If you buy all the kits; $15,000 will let us do some cool stuff; first package and mail you your kit; then hire a student for documentation, find a mycologist to organize and extend your research; and then grow the experiment into further years.
If you want to give more, YES. We have lots of areas to expand research and improve methods!
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!
How it works
Step One: Collect your kit
ONfungi 1:1 Balanced Kits start mailing out on April 15. 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
Start your experiment by following one of three plans or invent your own.
Pick a plan (we suggest one per kit):
- Easy level — Tree — insert the 1:1 around the drip edge and roots of a tree. Place material at 6″ deep. Minor shovel use involved. Photographic evidence used to document.
- Medium level — Grass — use the 1:1 blend with water and treat an area of grass. Document the area treated and a control area. Document the changes vs the control area (not inoculated) with photos taken on the same day and time. Submit photographic results. Some definition of area required; photography; questionnaire.
- Challenge level — Garden — create 3 divisions in a garden bed. Use one to distribute the 1:1 at seedling root level in the soil, plant seed; use the second to inoculate just the seeds by rubbing them in the 1:1, plant seed; create one control area with no inoculant, plant seed. Document with photos. Questionnaire. More photography and steps involved. But pretty easy?
Report on results
The experiments all rely on a three reporting periods. Three times you’ll go online to onfungi.net/report and go to your page and fill in your data. You are the scientist!
It’s not hard. In fact we’ve tried to keep it really easy to easy. Its the many gathered reports that are important. And the community we build together.
The three reports from you are timed.
- May/June 2021 – planting/starting
- July/Aug 2021 – growth period
- Sept/Oct 2021 – harvest
Each of the reports will include a) uploading a photo(s) of your project and b) answer a brief questionnaire. Our science team is working on the details here.
To support ONfungi, get your fungi kit or just donate: https://fundrazr.com/c1nGv2
Who we are
Wizard of Compost
Scott Hortop is a retired senior administrator who is now very happily crafting fungal dominant compost.
Kelvin Hodges is a retired communications guy who is happily growing companies that eliminate CO2 and support soil regeneration.
Timothy Booth is a retired musician who is happily orchestrating a song to the earth.
Emma Roy. Emma is a recent BSc Biology grad.
Mark MacKenzie, Peter Baril