We created these FAQ dedicated to listing and succinctly answering Frequently Asked Questions from GROW Observatory users and visitors.
As you know, we are just at the beginning of the journey to create a Europe wide GROW Observatory of citizen scientists providing data on soil. We are still working on the optimum distribution pattern for sensors which we expect to become clearer once our community of citizen scientists starts to form, through growing communities, soil scientists and those learning about measuring soil through our courses. In the meantime the best way to get started is to sign up to join the GROW Observatoryour online community. It offers opportunities to exchange knowledge with other experts and for getting deeper insights into your soil through the use of easy science experiments and innovative technologies as well as interactive forums where you can share knowledge with other growers.
We will also have short courses which you can join at any time from anywhere. You will be able to access a space full of resources, toolkits and everything you will need to continue your journey with GROW, share knowledge with the rest of the GROW community and take part in citizen science projects.
The GROW Observatory is a new project, funded by the EU over the next 2.5 years. We are developing activities that will meet our funder requirements in Europe but at the same time, we are building a citizen observatory model that will work across the EU and across the world.
We really value your input and wherever you are in the world, this can be through participating in our online community, sharing your growing stories and helping us build support for a sustainable growing, soil conservation and ecological prosperity.
We hope to be as inclusive as we can possibly be, but there will be different ways to get involved in different places. Sadly not every activity will be available to everyone everywhere because of our current resource constraints. In some activities we have involved anyone from anywhere, such as this MOOC course. In other activities, only people from specific places will be able to take part. This is the case where we have to match scientific requirements with the locations of growing communities for the soil moisture measurements for example.
So while at the start, our funding is directly supporting work in Europe, we are aiming to crease a buzz across the world to enable us to roll out the GROW Observatory. You can learn more about our ambitions on our website and in our blog.
Please keep in touch with us through the GROW website as we develop and as we, between us, identify more opportunities to work with you and supporters across Europe and further afield.