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I'm considering crowdfunding for some scientific experiments on permie type stuff . . .  RSS feed

 
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There are lots of experiments I would like to run; real controlled experiments that would move forward the state of the art and give us all a firm foundation to build on. But experiments, especially ones designed with controls and as many variables controlled as possible, are expensive and time consuming. And I am very busy and working on a shoestring.

So I'm wondering about trying to crowd fund my experiments. This would allow me to buy the right equipment and materials.

I'd like to know:

What you think about the whole idea;
Where you think I should try to crowd fund (there are lots of platforms, I'm not sure which is best);
And any things you would particularly like tested!

Among my top experiments planned;

Infiltration, dew collection, and water retention with different types of mulch;
The effects of saturating different types of soil with 85% calcium in the TCEC;
The effects of various commercial and home brewed microorganism teas or brews;
The nutritional profile of plants grown in different ways (monoculture vs. polyculture, different soil amendments, different varieties);
How many pound of potatoes can be grown per square foot, and what the most effective growing methods are for a Colorado climate;
Dew catching and other dryland farming devices.
 
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I had a positive experience with GoFundMe to finance some biographical research and start a website.  It has the advantage of not obligating you to provide anything to your benefactors.  Things like Kickstarter seem to require you to provide some kind of reward.  On the other hand, I think you're more likely to be able to obtain large amounts of funding if you offer some kind of premium.  All I needed was a few hundred dollars, not thousands.

 
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