Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals & happiness.

— Thomas Jefferson

Our Story

Inspiration

We saw opportunities for improvement in agricultural waste management and gardening practices affecting our climate.

In 2017, we planted the vision of making the world a cleaner and greener place. With the help of friends, family, and our community, we have been able to help farms, promote sustainability, and mitigate climate change.

It is the hard work and perseverance of our team that has made many difficult problems, not so hard anymore.  There is still a lot to accomplish To create break through technology that will bring a lot of benefits for our world and people. 

We Believe in a cleaner and greener world.

We Exist to make a positive change in the way we live.

The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.

— Masanobu Fukuoka

Our Vision

Purpose and Direction

To cultivate a sustainable world through regenerative agriculture - beyond sustainable

Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful and most noble employment of man.

— George Washington

Our Mission

Approach

To create opportunity, growth, and impact in every community through innovative, renewable, and authentic practices, processes, and technology.

The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.

— John F. Kennedy

Our Values

Collective Beliefs

GRIIT

Passion and perseverance to achieve our vision, letting no obstacle stop us from continuing our mission.

Growth

Improving ourselves to allow us to help others.

Resilience

Never letting adversity change our direction.

Innovation

Pushing the normals to prove better methods.

Impact

Influence change that has a positive far reaching impact.

Transparency

Honesty with people, our processes, and products.

No race can prosper until it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.

— Booker T. Washington

Our Team

Diverse, Educated, Experienced

Eddy Mejia

Chief Growth Officer

Eddy served 6 years in the military with tours to Afghanistan and Iraq. Has worked for 4 fortune 500 companies, and holds a BS in Computer Engineering, and a MBA. During his free time he loves to play with his dog Oso, workout, and learn.

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Gabe Price

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.

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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 machines that will change the world. Mack loves to hang out with his 2 children, especially when he gets to take them to the park.

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Ignacio Arretche

Chief Mechanical Officer

Ignacio looks at mechanical problems through a different lense. A creative MS in Mechanical Engineering, Ignacio is working on automating and scaling our processes. Igancio loves to...

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Community members with a positive impact

Rachelle Martinez

Marketing/Product Development

Rachelle grew up in Chicago, studied environmental policy and enjoys exploring, volunteering and watching documentaries.

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James
Tran

Designer

James feel in love with how things looked.  Studied Graphic Design at the University of Illinois and has created Earnest’s look

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Roberto Machado

Machine Learning

Roberto is a post PhD researcher studying machine learning and holds a Doctorate in Mathematics. Roberto is an avid biker, loves to cook (for his wife Juliana), and plays rock music on his guitar.

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Carlos Caicedo

Chief Electrical Officer

Carlos is a Doctor in Electrical Engineering with a special focus in motors. He is an inventor and tinkerer and loves to go magnet fishing, hang out with his girlfriend Ivonna and play with his dog Ivon.​

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Advisor Team

Mentoring Us Forward

Manu Edakara

Forbes 30 under 30, Educator, and Mentor. Helping Earnest from ideation to implementation.

An Earnest Advocate

Eduardo Mejia

Serial entrepreneur and operations guru, Eduardo has had various successful exits.

An Earnest Advocate

Alonso Mejia

12 Year Chase Executive, experience in helping open various Chase locations, managing and leading people.

An Earnest Advocate

Daniel Gambrell

As a Venture Capital Senior Associate Daniel has vast experience in helping Startups Grow.

An Earnest Mentor

Partners

Supporting Us Ahead

Distributor

Farm

Investment

Strategic

Animal Team

In-Tune with Nature

Oso

Chief Animal Intermediary Officer

Oso 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.

Grace

Chief Cattle Officer

Grace has been in charge of her herd since turning 18. She always eats last and makes sure everyone is always taken care of. She has jokes but most days they are spotty. Grace loves to eat grass, jump around, and moo.

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.

— President Dwight D. Eisenhower