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

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OUR STORY

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.
MEET THE TEAM

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.

Gabe Price
CoFounder + 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.
Roberto Machado
Chief Machine Officer

Roberto is a post PhD researcher studying machine learning and holds a Doctorate 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.

Rachelle Martinez
Chief Marketing Officer

Rachelle is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Political Science with a concentration in environmental policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She grew up in Chicago and enjoys visiting the city at least once a month. During her free time, she likes to volunteer and watch documentaries. 

Jenny Lee

Social Media and Marketing Intern

Jenny is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Advertising and Economics with a minor in business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is from the northwest suburb of Chicago. She is bilingual in English and Korean. She loves making coffee after her long part-time job experience of being a barista.

Candice Xie
Social Media and Marketing Intern

Candice is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She grew up in Nanjing, China. She enjoys watching Game of Thrones during her free time.

Rosa Lin

Social Media and Marketing Intern

Rosa is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Statistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She grew up in Taiwan. During her free time, she enjoys watching the NBA and taking care of her succulents. 

Jacob Milo

Social Media and Marketing Intern

Jacob is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is from the southwest suburbs of Chicago. He enjoys watching movies and Illini basketball with his friends in his spare time. 

Bear
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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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.