We saw problems with agricultural waste management, growth methods, and global warming. We wanted to make a difference and thus our journey began.



In 2017, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), we pitched the idea of Earnest Earth with the vision of creating a greener and cleaner world. We won the UIUC Cozad New Venture Challenge and the Agricultural Innovation Award. We continued on to be accepted to the iVenture Accelerator, an educational accelerator for top student startup. With the startup funding we have been able to push forward and are excited to continue our mission of

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Helping farmers make money, while saving time, and space

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Creating a cleaner, and greener world
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Creating better agriculture technology

We are currently looking for additional funding in order to expand our bioreactor network to be able to collect the data we need to change the agricultural industry and the world. To support us and our mission please consider purchasing our fertilizer or investing.

Gabe Price
Founder + Chief Science Officer

Gabe is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying Microbial Ecology (aka the soil dr). He grew up in rural Illinois, south of the Quad Cities. When he is not working on Earnest Earth or in the lab, he loves hanging out with his wife, Suzanne.

Eddy Mejia
Cofounder + Chief Growth Officer

Eddy served 6 years in the military with tours to Afghanistan and Iraq. He did his undergraduate in Computer Engineering and is currently an MBA candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his free time he loves to play with his dog Bear and workout.
Roberto Machado
Chief Machine Officer
Roberto is a post PhD candidate at Rutger University. He has done research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his PhD in Mathematics. Roberto is an avid biker, loves to cook, and play rock music on his guitar.
Mack Hernandez
Chief Manufacturing Officer
 Mack has been in the welding industry for the past 15 years. He is an artist and a master turning steel into the Earnest Earth bioreactors that will change the world. Mack loves to hang out with his 2 children, especially when he gets to take them to the park.
Chief Animal Intermediary Officer

Bear Chief Animal Intermediary Officer Bear has a masters in bones and playing fetch. He loves to go on long walks and chase all the squirrels. There is no field big enough to tame his energy. Bear is fluent in cattle, goat, horse, and pig.

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Get in Touch

Earnest Earth is developing solutions to the animal  science industry. If you want to learn more about our product and research, or have any type of question, feel free to reach out to us.

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+1 (217) 766-4401

Champaign, IL

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Created by University of Illinois’ EnterpriseWorks interns

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Earnest Fertilizer
5lb. Bag

We use composting and earthworms to break down cattle manure to create Earnest Fertilizer. This is great for flowering or vegetating plants. This product is not effective for cacti or orchids. A portion of the profits goes to local farmers and the rest helps us continue to build upon our existing developed technology.

Earnest Potting Soil

We use composting and earthworms to break down cattle manure creating compost that is the base for our all natural potting soil. Our soil is great for starting plants and for growing flowers, herbs, and vegetables to their fullest potential.

NextGen Fertilizer

We are currently building our technology in order to create microbially-engineered fertilizers that can reliably provide valuable benefits to applied plants such as drought and pathogen resistance, improved yield, and accelerated flowering time.