I grew up in Canada, home to 1/6th of the world's fresh water, so I never appreciated how big an issue water scarcity is for most of the planet. In 2017, I bought a groundwater-fed property in a small farming community in Northern California and planted my first orchard. Within a year, I had run my well dry by accidentally over-irrigating. It was a disaster!
I looked everywhere for tools that could help me automate and track my water use, but walked away disappointed by the lack of modern technology in agriculture. We have smart devices for thermostats, door bells, our electric grids, and home security systems. Why has no one applied this caliber of tech to irrigation?
I met with dozens of growers around my community to find out if they had better methods, and was shocked to see the majority were still manually irrigating and tracking their water data by hand--wasting valuable time, relying on expensive labor, and still lacking certainty about how much water they were actually using. Couple that with droughts and unpredictable weather patterns, and irrigation turns out to be a real cause of stress for growers.
I created Lumo to support growers and tackle water challenges head on using the most advanced technology available today. Our smart valve allows growers to precisely control and measure how much water is applied to their crops at all times, reducing excess water usage and eliminating the irrigation guesswork that creates wasted water, time, and profits.
We’re proud of what we’ve built at Lumo and the prestigious growers who have become our friends and customers. Our team takes great pride in working to help growers conserve their most precious resources - time, money and water.
CEO & Founder