Our CTO, Thomas Palomares, is the grandson of French farmers. He spent his summers on the family farm, seeing the long hours and hard work of his grandparents. Meanwhile, our CEO Sebastien Boyer studied the issues affecting long-term environmental sustainability. After university, Thomas and Sebastien knew they wanted to provide farmers with a cost-effective alternative to pesticides for the health of the farmer, farm worker, consumer, and the environment.
To better understand how American farmers grew their vegetables and what their greatest concerns were, Thomas and Sebastien volunteered on small rural vegetable farms on the East Coast. It was on these farms that they learned weeding was one of the greatest and fastest growing expenses for farmers, and that ineffective or partial weeding reduced overall yields. Soon after, Thomas and Sebastien moved to the Bay Area to work with other top engineers and California growers to develop the best solution for not only weeding, but also for other issues impacting vegetable farmers and their crops.
The result is FarmWise.