Location: Boulder, CO


About Rooted Robotics

Rooted Robotics is a technology company based in Boulder, Colorado, dedicated to advancing indoor farming through innovative robotics and automation solutions. The company focuses on developing automation technologies that enhance the efficiency, productivity, and sustainability of controlled environment agriculture (CEA).

McKinsey Global Institute on Greenhouse Automation

The McKinsey Global Institute highlights the significant impact that robotics and automation can have on all forms of agriculture. It notes that it can enhance productivity, efficiency, and sustainability. According to McKinsey, the integration of advanced robotics in agricultural practices can help reduce errors, so improving the quality of produce, and accelerating farming operations. For example, automated systems can handle tasks such as planting, monitoring, and harvesting with greater precision and speed. In turn, this increases crop yields and reduces labor costs.

McKinsey estimates that the implementation of connectivity and automation technologies in agriculture overall could unlock more than $500 billion in additional GDP globally by 2030. This value comes from various improvements, such as optimized input use, higher yields, and better resource management.

Robotics in agriculture also addresses labor shortages, a critical issue in many regions. It automates repetitive and labor-intensive tasks, so allowing human workers to focus on more complex and strategic activities. This shift enhances overall productivity and supports more sustainable farming practices so reducing the environmental impact of traditional farming methods.

Rooted Robotics’ Products and Services

Rooted Robotics offers a range of products and services designed to address the unique challenges of indoor farming. Their solutions include automated systems for planting, and harvesting crops as well as cleaning grow trays and NFT channels , which help reduce labor costs and increase operational efficiency. 

The Company says that their systems are designed to provide small and medium sized CEA farms with affordable automation options by having low cost entry level models that can be easily upgraded, and fast ROIs based on the labor savings, increased consistency and yields as well as reduced staff training needed. By leveraging robotics and artificial intelligence, Rooted Robotics says that it aims to lower the barrier for farmers using sustainable farming practices and do so in a way that can be scaled to meet global food demands.

The team at Rooted Robotics has diverse backgrounds in engineering, robotics, and agriculture. Co-founder and COO Eric Roth previously worked in integrated pest management and production management at vertical farm Kalera, for instance.

The company’s mission is to accelerate humanity’s transition to Controlled Environment Agriculture by providing affordable automation solutions.. Rooted Robotics says it continues to innovate and expand its product offerings, providing farmers with the tools they need to optimize their operations and achieve better outcomes.


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