ONfungi is a happy conglomeration of active folks made up mostly of volunteers. Our goal is explore the use of Johnson-Su fungal dominant compost (FDC) in improving soil, storing carbon, and enhancing plant health and nutrition.
Alberto Suarez Esteban grew up helping his grandparents in their gardens and farms in NW Spain. His passion for nature led him to a PhD in Ecology. During his 10 years in academia, he realized how damaging industrial agriculture is to our planet. In 2019 he founded Nature’s Apprentice Farm in Pakenham to contribute to the regeneration of soil health, human health and biodiversity. Alberto loves learning and inspiring other people. He teaches biology courses at Carleton University and regularly shares his farming experiences in workshops, talks and farm tours.
Kelvin Hodges is a mostly retired communications director now happily growing ideas that eliminate and store CO2. Energy storage, solar power, electric water taxis, soil restoration, EcoFuel Renewable Energy Business Development grad (2020 cohort); a green thumb innovator.
For media enquiries contact Kelvin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wizard of Compost
Scott Hortop is a retired administrator who is now very happily crafting fungal dominant compost, which, as we seek to prove, may be an excellent fungal trigger accelerating soil restoration.
This year he is filling 8 new bioreactors for the 2023 season!
2021 biologist intern
Emma Roy is a recent BSc Biology grad. Her science training is guiding the next part of the project: proving the fungal dominant compost (FDC) actually works. So far the tests say Yes! And in the following years we’ll look at the why of how it works.
Timothy Booth and Louise Ennis are happily orchestrating a song to the earth. They are standing by to ship your experimental kit and contribute to the project fruitfully.
Mark MacKenzie generously lent us two plots of land for Emma’s first field experiment. Thanks Mark!
Mark is busy exploring green carbon storage on farms and in lawns. He has a wide variety of interests including Green Party Canada involvement and more.
Our logo was delightfully drawn by design diva Allie Probizanski. You can see more of her work on her Instagram page at Alliepro52.
Fall bioreactor crew
Pam Steele and Mike Pitcher.
Remember with ONfungi; all your money, time and work looks at actually storing CO2; building science knowledge; improving soils; and helping save the planet.
We believe actions speak louder than words and work accordingly. Thank you for taking this step with us.