Rory Aronson

Automating garden farming

So, what's the big idea?

Rory is spending his fellowship year developing FarmBot, a scalable, open source, automated precision farming machine with supporting software.

We support this work because food quality and security is one of the most pressing issues of the day. Having the ability to produce food efficiently on a local level creates freedom from corporate control.

Rory Aronson's flash grant nominations

Twice a year we award a number of small grants to a collection of social change agents, no strings attached, in support of their work. We call these Flash Grants and recipients are selected based on nominations from our Fellows. Each award is worth $5,000.

Philip Neustrom
Alex Alekseyenko

Spend breakdown

At the heart of our co-investment fellowship model is the principle that Fellows continue to invest in their own ideas. The Foundation amplifies the Fellow’s investment by matching it at least tenfold, along with covering the cost of their time for the year.

The figures you see here do not reflect each Fellow’s fellowship year funding, but rather the funds unlocked within our financial year, as the fellowship years start either March or September and Fellows are not required to spend the available funds proportionately throughout the year.


Fellow contribution: $1,481.48
Our contribution: $95,673.76
Total funds: $97,155.24


Fellow contribution: $1,789.28
Our contribution: $18,210.72
Total funds: $20,000.00
Office space
Total funding to date: