To participate in ONfungi’s citizen science project and help save the planet please go to our “fundrazr” page and get your kit on! ONfungi fundrazr page, hop to it here!
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). Experiment instructions from Emma. And its all mailed to you no worries!
The latest Fall Experiment cycle arrives November 1. Order now to join in. We’ll have garden prep, lawn support and a farm field experiments.
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!
The hope is that beneficial fungi will grow and 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!
Did you know that the fungi / plant relationship is the product of 450 million years of coevolution?
Are you ready to get started?
Go to our Fundrazr campaign to order your $30 2021 Fall Experiment kit for yourself, your family or neighbor. Donate to get kits to more kids. We have 500 kits to start.
PLUS, free shipping for the first 500 kits.
Your kit is mailed directly to you. Volunteers Louise and Tim are standing by!
What other benefits are there?
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
Joining in 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?
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.
More about how it works
Step One: Collect your kit
ONfungi Fall 2021 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 Fall Harvest Plans.
Pick a plan (we suggest one per kit):
Experiment 1: Lawn and/or Garden — $30
The first experiments are “easy” and look at root growth and plant performance using the fungi starter. OR; using ONfungi to study 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.
Use the ONfungi FDC to try a soil inoculation and sequestration experiment. Here you make a liquid extract and apply to your lawn. A fungal to bacteria and carbon measurement may be required. Its a bit expensive so we’re working on how exactly to measure.
These experiments are suitable for a wide range of ages; from 8 to 88. Emma is doing an easy to follow set up guide we will release in the first week of November. Study results will be gathered spring 2022.
Experiment 2: Farm Field $150
This experiment works more closely with Emma and may require additional shipping and labour on the experimenters part. More for the high school/farmer and up experimenter.
Cost is $150. You receive Emma’s support as well as the required ONfungi starter and illustrated guide.
Report on results
The experiments all rely on reporting periods. You’ll go online to onfungi.net/report; fill in your data; and become the goblin scientist!
We’ve tried to keep it straight forward. Its the many gathered reports that are important. And the community we build together.
The reports from you are timed 2 to 4 weeks after planting or in spring 2022.
To support ONfungi, get your fungi kit or just donate: The planet thanks you!
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 work.