— appropriate technology solutions for regeneration

Kristof Hayes
2 min readOct 21, 2022
Natural Peak District landscape — photo by hayeskg recently became a company and I wanted share some of the background story with early followers and supporters.

As it stands today, is the coming together of interests that have been maturing over the last few years. Work in engineering and technology startups and an increasing appetite for learning about all things climate, nature and agriculture has led me to focus my efforts on improving access to better soil health data.

The guiding vision is to boost soil biodiversity and that of natural environments supported by technology. My joint interests of learning how to measure soil health and building appropriate technology solutions converge in the exploration of solutions for regenerative agriculture. Exciting opportunities are emerging for people wanting to farm closer to nature, regenerate landscapes or build responsible businesses. I’m convinced that technical solutions can contribute to accelerating the transition towards agricultural systems that work for people, plants and the planet.

A brand of lightweight, flexible systems with intelligence is emerging in agricultural technology. Integrating the latest sensor technologies, interfacing them with small, automated systems, connecting them in networks, digging into data — this is what wants to enable. With open-source software, low-cost electronics, rapid prototyping tools and a bit of encouragement, farming businesses can start to build their own systems to solve everyday needs.

Some really old soil samples at Rothamsted Research — photo by hayeskg

The mission is to bring the potential of appropriate technology solutions onto farms and into fields. We want to work with people who produce food, build soil and care for landscapes in partnership with nature, instead of pushing these ecosystems past equilibrium. A supporting role, that of the on-farm CTO is emerging — experienced engineers leaving cosy labs for muddy fields, ready to shape appropriate technology for regeneration.

Time to get our hands dirty — photo by jesse orrico on Unsplash is just getting started — there’s a lot of hard work, experimentation, learning and iteration ahead, so we need all the support and encouragement we can get. But we’re keen to get stuck in.

If you’re interested in collaborating on projects, finding out more about our autonomous soil health platform or would just like a brief chat, do get in touch at

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Kristof Hayes

Engineer, technology and sustainability enthusiast. Writing about open source solutions, startups and the environment.