Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies has secured a second sale of its Root Zone Temperature Optimisation heating and cooling system in America to independent cannabis producer Ivo Lopez of Mendocino Natural Farms in Northern California. A holder of several cultivation licenses, Mendocino Natural Farms is a cannabis producer, processor and a member of the Round Valley Cooperative in ‘The Emerald Triangle’.
"The A$42,300/ US$30,000 sale involves Roots installing its proprietary RZTO cooling and heating technology in multiple 1,000 square foot hoop houses at Mendocino Natural Farms’ property in Round Valley, California. RZTO will be installed in two stages, with the first stage dedicated to the installation of a heat pump for root zone heating. During the second stage, coils will be inserted at depth for root zone cooling using the principles of Ground Source Heat Exchange", the team with the company explains.
"It is Roots’ second sale within North America’s lucrative cannabis sector in less than a month, following an initial sale to Tim Blake in late March. Both sales are the result of Roots’ Technology Showcase in North America in February and a successful open field RZTO heating pilot on cannabis in Washington State during challenging autumn growing conditions of heavy frosts and temperatures below zero degrees."
Roots CEO, Dr. Sharon Devir says, “Roots continues to target the North American cannabis market with our sustainable ag-tech heating and cooling solutions, which cater to the industry-wide shift towards outdoor cannabis production."
“Operators are increasingly looking to adopt environmentally-friendly technologies that support healthy plant growth without the use of harmful chemicals."
“Our root zone technology enables growers to minimise the impact of external weather conditions while significantly reducing capital and operational outlays. Yield and crop performance results from our successful open field heating pilot in Washington State demonstrates the ability of RZTO to facilitate year-round growing.
Mendocino Natural Farms’ Managing Director Ivo Lopez says ,“Roots’ root zone heating and cooling technology supports our commitment to low-impact farming. Roots’ technology will allow us to sustainably increase the plant quality and yield as well as extend our growing season and continue through the winter months.”