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Plug and play vertical farming. 

Setting up a vertical farm is complex: bespoke design, building retrofitting, authorizations and it ultimately takes a lot of time. Our “box within a box” approach changes the rules. You just need an indoor space like a warehouse. Our modular kit comes with all you need to build a self contained vertical farm and kick off your operations, at commercial scale, in few days. You just need to plug water, electricity and internet connection. it's made of modules which can be combined to get a variety of configurations. It's patent pending and we call it: 

ZERO architecture™.

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"Look deep into nature,
and then you will understand everything better. "

Albert Einstein
 

We love to think about our vertical farms as living organisms: we grow plants so it's natural taking inspiration from them: the leaves are the tools to fabricate, the stem is the structure, the roots are a diffuse brain. So we do.


3 Leaves. 
 

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Growing system: we grow out of soil, on stacked layers, via a bespoke aeroponic technique, with a continuously adjustment of the nutrient mix. Closed loop aeroponics allows better performances compared with hydroponics: higher yields, safer growing conditions, a more refined degree of control over the variables. On the other hand, it is delicate. This is why we handed over the control to ROOT. 

Climate system: temperature, humidity levels and CO2 are crucial parameters influencing the grow cycle: we have them under fine control and monitoring. We’re using a proprietary climate system which combines the use of electricity and renewal energies (i.e. solar, geothermal power, wind…) to reduce the overall electricity bill by up to 40%. 

Lighting system: as we grow indoor, the right amount and the right quality of light is probably the most important ingredient of a successful growing recipe. We have been selecting the most advanced leds and built our bespoke lighting system able to provide the correct amount to photosynthetic active radiation to crops, while minimizing electricity consumption and heat dissipation.


Stem.
 

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Controlled Environment Agriculture has many advantages: year round, weather independent production,  variables under fine control. The problem is that converting a building to make it a vertical farm isn’t that easy. STEM allows to build scalable, self contained, thermally insulated and protected growing environment within existing warehouses, without requiring retrofitting.

In our quest to sustainability, we have been investigating alternative materials: STEM is 100% built with durable, clean, recyclable materials and 75% is actually recycled.

STEM has been conceived with logistics in mind. Our vertical farms are shipped everywhere in few containers and assembled in few days, without hassles. 


Root.
 

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Growing optimally is a subtle equilibrium with many variables playing a role: on one hand the goal is the maximum yield, on the other hand you strive for perfect flavor and nutrient richness. This is something the farmer achieves through his experience and making mistakes. The farmer doesn’t just mix the ingredients to get the best combination of environmental conditions, nutrients, growing tricks. He’s naturally able to supervise the growing cycle and detect anomalies, putting in place the right counter measures.

We created ROOT, our cloud based artificial intelligence, to do the same. It's our 24/7 farmer. It hacks yield and flavor, controls the environment, sees the grow, gathers data and keeps learning to predict what’s going to happen: ultimately she breaks down the optimal grow formula in a recipe, then keeps on applying and improving it over time.

ROOT monitors continuously the crops and the environments through a network of sensors: she is supervised by a team of agronomists and engineers which validates its more critical decisions. 

Moreover, ROOT has eyes: a computer vision system monitors growth and health status of the crops in order to ensure the growing cycle is progressing as expected. She is capable of detecting anomalies due to external factors like hydric stress, pathogens or nutritional deficiencies.

And one last thing: taste is made by invisible things. As Italian, we’re pretty good in recognizing tasteful crops. We systematically get our crops analyzed in order to correlate taste with molecules and attach to it a scientific, quantitative description. When you hack flavor, you can tweak it too.