2011 – 2015
April, 2011 — Rory had the idea for FarmBot while taking an organic agriculture class at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
June, 2013 — Rory graduated from Cal Poly with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and began writing The FarmBot Whitepaper in his spare time.
September, 2013 — Rory published The FarmBot Whitepaper online as a free and open-source idea and sent out a call for help to further develop the idea.
January, 2014 — Rory is awarded a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship in the amount of $125,000 to continue development of FarmBot for 1 year. Over the next year and half, the team develops several iterations of FarmBot hardware and software, bringing the idea from concept to reality.
July, 2014 — Rory shares his vision for the future of food at TEDxUCLA.
October, 2015 — FarmBot plants seeds for the first time.
April, 2016 — Rory, Rick, and Tim incorporate FarmBot Inc. as a California Benefit Corporation, cementing the project values into the company bylaws .
October, 2016 — The FarmBot hardware team travels to Shenzhen, China to meet with part suppliers and manufacturers. Production of 350 v1.2 FarmBot Genesis kits begins.
January, 2017 — Sold out of v1.2 pre-orders and began accepting v1.3 pre-orders.
April, 2017 — Began production of 300 v1.3 kits.
July, 2017 — Held our first company retreat at the NASA Kennedy Space Center for a brainstorming event on innovative open-source approaches to food production.
October, 2017 — Open-sourced the v1.3 documentation and began shipping v1.3 kits to customers.
December, 2017 — Debuted our second product: FarmBot Genesis XL, and began accepting pre-orders for v1.4 hardware. With the introduction of Genesis XL, monthly revenue is doubled, surpassing $100k.
February, 2018 – Opened our full online shop to offer partial kits and individual parts in addition to full FarmBot kits.
March, 2018 — Began manufacturing 500 v1.4 devices (300 standard size, 200 XL).
April, 2018 — Surpassed 100k Facebook followers.
July, 2018 — Moved into a 5,000 square foot warehouse and office space in San Luis Obispo.
January, 2019 — Rory spoke at Linux Conf Australia, evangelizing the need for great open-source documentation across hardware, software, community, and business .
January, 2019 — Surpassed 1,000 FarmBots sold.
February, 2019 — Augmented company messaging to convey our respect for user freedom .
February, 2019 — Began offering financing payment options with Affirm.
March, 2019 — Sold out of FarmBot Genesis XL v1.4 and began accepting pre-orders for v1.5.
May, 2019 — Began offering free shipping for all FarmBots sold to US customers.
June, 2019 — Surpassed 10k subscribers on YouTube.
July, 2019 — Launched a pre-order campaign for FarmBot Express and Express XL v1.0, our most affordable FarmBots ever.
July, 2019 — Announced the beta of FarmBot OS v8, bringing runtime variables to FarmBot.
July, 2019 — Transitioned from private to public software development to engage more 3rd party developers.
July, 2019 — Surpassed 10k followers on Instagram.
August, 2019 — Began our fourth and largest manufacturing run of 700 new kits (175 Express v1.0, 250 Express XL v1.0, 125 Genesis v1.5, and 150 Genesis XL v1.5).
September, 2019 — Sold out of FarmBot Genesis v1.4 and began accepting pre-orders for v1.5.
October, 2019 — Announced support for sequences that can perform operations on groups of plants, rather than just individual plants.
November, 2019 — Launched a pre-order campaign for Express MAX v1.0 and Genesis MAX v1.5, our largest FarmBots ever by a factor of three.
December, 2019 — Made the FarmBot Express v1.0 CAD models publicly available.
January, 2020 — Launched a new documentation hub for FarmBot Express.
January, 2020 — Rush shipped an early 20 FarmBot Express and Express XL v1.0 units to customers.
March, 2020 — Made the FarmBot Genesis v1.5 CAD models publicly available.
April, 2020 — Sold out of FarmBot Genesis v1.5 and began accepting pre-orders for a second production run.
April, 2020 — Released filter-based groups to the FarmBot web app and FarmBot OS.
May, 2020 — Cancelled the sale, production, and delivery of FarmBot Express MAX v1.0 and Genesis MAX v1.5 due to poor sales since launch.
May, 2020 — Began shipping FarmBot Express and Express XL v1.0 kits from inventory.