Vertical farming is a distinct profession. We know it inside and out, from gutter to track. Our products and our system are designed with care and research – a science that requires a common vocabulary like any other professional field. If you ever wonder about a term we use on our site, take a look here to see what we’re talking about.
Utilizing physical elements of system infrastructure components to form a Root Zone Environment™.
Per Wikipedia – In physics, a fluid is a substance that continually deforms (flows) under an applied shear stress. Fluids are a subset of the phases of matter and include, liquids, gases, plasmas and to some extent, plastic solids. Fluids can be defined as substances that have zero shear modulus or in simpler terms a fluid is a substance which cannot resist any shear force applied to it.
A seamless water return that forms the bottom physical containment barrier of the Root Zone Environment™.
Layers equate to enclosed air, root grow zones, and field construction. Engineered apertures, perforations, and channels allow root mass to grow between or at the intersection of physical layers. This allows for easy root mass removal and preserving the integrity of the field material for repeated use. Plant and roots grow between and functionally parallel to layers.
The area where soil and oxygen mix. All plants require a root zone. This term is generally recognized in terrestrial farming as the zone in which the soil, worms and bugs, biom, amendments, atmospheric gases, and roots all interact.
This area is an open-air mix zone, meaning that it is not a defined, controllable, interior space. A terrestrial farm field is a root zone. A flower pot with media is a root zone. Hanging baskets are another example. Hydroponics are the same.
With the AutoCrop system, root zones can be designed for a specific crop, and contained within the Root Zone Environment™.
Root Zone Anchorage
At AutoCrop, we define crop classes by root anchorage requirements. Generally speaking, the larger the canopy, the thicker the root zone anchorage layer. The AutoCrop system can grow any crop class.
Root Zone Environment™
A Root Zone Environment (RZE) is a proprietary field interior work space that can be environmentally and fluidically manipulated. RZEs can be defined as a separate and independent grow zone between the field supporting film, the bottom gutter, and the top rail. In simpler terms, RZEs are distinct, controlled grow spaces.
A top rail utilized to suspend and allow linear advancement of a vertical field and forms the upper physical containment barrier of the Root Zone Environment™.
We define vertical farming as a true and functional 90 degree turn from traditional, horizontal grow systems.
A true and functional 90 degree turn from horizontal grow systems. Our Vertical Fields are ultralight with a scalable system architecture built for continual, repeated grow cycles that offer both root anchorage and a contained root zone-fluidic interaction zone. This forms a Root Zone Environment with the ability to grow from seed, seedling, or clones, while being hostile to pests or pathogens.