Who we are

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.

New volunteer Alberto is a market gardener with a farm near Pakenham, Ontario.
Green thumb

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.

General Idea

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 admin@onfungi.net.

Kelvin measures twice.
Scott Hortop is our wizard of compost.
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!

FDC plot sunflowers rising.
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.

Sound support

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.
Arts Funding

Fungi facilitators

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.

Groovy design

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.

Volunteers sought!

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.

Interested in volunteering? We need help with science, reporting, web development; um, where does the list end?