Seven years ago, while studying machine learning and computer vision at Caltech, I set out on a mission to leverage cutting-edge technology to support farmers and protect earth’s resources. Today, as a global team of 50 scientists, engineers, agronomists, and operators, we celebrate the 7th anniversary of Boomitra. It’s an opportune moment to reflect on our remarkable journey, our values, and the exciting path that lies ahead.
Boomitra, formerly known as ConserWater, was born from an unwavering commitment to sustainability. My initial goal was simple yet ambitious: to create a free app that would empower farmers to optimize their irrigation practices. I believed that empowering farmers to conserve water was essential for both farmer livelihood and a resilient agriculture system.
As Boomitra grew, we fine-tuned our technology and offerings, transitioning into a subscription-based platform for growers. This evolution allowed us to provide cutting-edge tools aimed at maximizing crop yields while minimizing resource use. The feedback from our early users was invaluable, and it fueled our drive to innovate.
Soon after, our team realized the true potential of our platform extended beyond optimizing irrigation. We saw a unique opportunity to leverage our technology to transform agriculture into a climate solution, and thus, our journey into the world of soil-based carbon credit generation began. This defining moment catapulted Boomitra from a tech startup to a pioneering force in the carbon removal sector.
Today, we are honored to have been selected as a finalist for the prestigious 2023 Earthshot Prize. Our impact now extends to several million acres and engages hundreds of thousands of farmers and ranchers across multiple countries in soil carbon restoration projects. Our growth was made possible through our unwavering commitment to our core values: sustainability, innovation, passion, authenticity, and inclusivity.
Sustainability is at our core. We understand the urgency of addressing climate change, and we believe that sustainable agriculture is pivotal in achieving a greener future. Our journey has been guided by a deep commitment to making every acre count in the fight against carbon emissions.
Innovation is our driving force. We’ve consistently pushed boundaries, leveraging technology to create solutions that bridge the gap between agriculture and carbon removal. From optimizing irrigation to soil-based carbon credit generation, innovation is in our DNA.
Passion fuels our team. We’re passionate about what we do because we know it matters. Every seed planted, every acre conserved, and every ton of carbon removed brings us one step closer to a sustainable world.
Authenticity is our hallmark. We believe in transparency and authenticity in our relationships with farmers, partners, and stakeholders. We’ve built trust by delivering on our promises and staying true to our values.
Inclusivity is our commitment. We recognize that the battle against climate change is a collective effort. We work closely with communities, governments, NGOs, and businesses to ensure our solutions are accessible and equitable.
As we celebrate our 7th anniversary, we look ahead with a bold vision. With the support of our dedicated team and visionary partners, we aim to reach the next 100 million farmers and acres by 2030. Our technology will be the bridge connecting us to this ambitious goal.
Our vision extends beyond acreage. We aspire to achieve gigaton scale in carbon removal, contributing significantly to global carbon reduction targets. We envision a world where our solutions serve as a catalyst for farmers around the world, transforming carbon removal from an ecological necessity into a sustainable means of livelihood.
In the years to come, we will continue to live by our core values, guided by sustainability, innovation, passion, authenticity, and inclusivity. These values are not just words on paper; they are the foundation upon which we build a better, greener future for generations to come.
We’re immensely grateful to everyone who has been part of our journey – our team, our partners, our farmers, and our supporters. Together, we’ve achieved so much, and together, we will shape a brighter, more sustainable tomorrow.
Here’s to seven years of innovation, impact, and growth, and to the many more milestones we will celebrate on our journey to a carbon-neutral world.