Support Use of Technology to Promote Sustainable Farming


Target: Jason Aramburu, Creator of Edyn

Goal: Thank Mr. Aramburu for his efforts to help farmers in developing nations grow food more sustainably

Ecologist and soil scientist Jason Aramburu seeks to help people grow food more sustainably by connecting them more closely to the land itself. Mr. Aramburu’s creation of the smart gardening system known as Edyn sprang from his studies in diverse ecosystems like Panama’s rainforests and rural Kenya. There he learned firsthand the challenges people face to conserve land while cultivating enough food to sustain themselves.

Operating via a soil sensor and valve, the Edyn system helps people enjoy their gardens with intentional, minimal upkeep. Conducting an initial soil analysis, the solar-powered soil sensor helps gardeners get started by recommending plants that would thrive in that particular soil environment. Using WiFi to communicate with the valve–or cell phone networks, in areas without internet access–the sensor can determine the day-to-day watering needs of the soil on plots of land up to 250 square feet. By supplying real-time information on when the soil needs nutrients mobile alerts also let gardeners know when to apply fertilizer, helping them manage their resources more efficiently. Discouraging overuse of fertilizers, too, stands to benefit the health of soil and surrounding watersheds.

As demand for the system increases and the technology is produced in larger quantities, Edyn is set to become more feasible for sale to developing nations. Even before expansion into global markets the system can benefit those growing food in the U.S., enabling conservation of water particularly important in drought-stricken regions.

Help raise awareness of Jason Aramburu’s remarkable efforts and thank him for supporting the desire of farmers everywhere to nourish themselves while treating the land responsibly.


Dear Mr. Aramburu,

I applaud your creation of the smart gardening system Edyn. By leveraging cell phone technology, you are helping bring food growers everywhere closer to the land that sustains them. You are empowering people to engage more with what they eat. And by expanding access to the technology for people in developing nations, you are helping them grow food more efficiently and sustainably in areas where resources are especially scarce.

Strain on food systems is already impacting people around the world. Thank you for demonstrating how a for-profit enterprise can benefit society and strengthen communities. I wish you the best of luck in achieving your worthy goals.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit:  Neil Palmer via Wikimedia Commons

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