Glossary for Vertical Farming

The Association for Vertical Farming has created the first glossary for vertical farming and urban agriculture with the combined effort and feedback of its members and board. Click on any word in the glossary below to find out more about the terminology used within vertical farming and urban agriculture. If you have recommendations of things we should add to the list or feedback on the content please send us an email through the contact form titled “Glossary”.

A

aerobic
aerobic bacteria
aeroponics
Low Pressure Aeroponics (LPA)
High Pressure Aeroponics (HPA)
aeration
agricultural runoff
agriculture
agritecture
airlift pump
algaculture
algae
annual
aquaponics
artificial light

B

biostarters
blue light
bolt
bottle garden
building integrated agriculture (BIA)

C

calvin cycle
capillary action
carbon dioxide (CO2)
chlorophyll A
chlorophyll B
chlorosis
city farming
clay pebbles
coir/coco
cold frame
companion planting
concentration gradient
controlled-environment agriculture (CEA)
community supported agriculture (CSA)
compact fluorescent light (CFL)
crop rotation
crop zones
cultivate

D

daily light integral (DLI)
deep water culture (DWC)
dehumidifier
desiccant
drain to waste system
drip irrigation
drip lines
dutch bucket

E

ebb and flow technique
electrical conductivity
energy

F

facade farm(ing)
feed conversion ratio
fermentation
fertigation
fertilizer
fish farming
flowering adult phase
fogponics
food desert
food safety
food security

G

germination
germination rate
greenhouse
grow light
grow medium
grow tray

H

hardiness zones
harvest
high intensity discharge lamp
horticultural building system
horticulture
hothouse
humidifier
hydrocarbons
hydroponics
hydroponicum
hydroton
hypertonic
hypotonic

I

indoor farming
induction grow light
insoluble
integrated pest management (IPM)
interior agriculture
interveinal
isotonic

J

K

L

light emitting diode (LED)

M

metal halide lamps (MH)
microponics
mole (mol)

N

necrosis/necrotic
net pot
nutrient burn
nutrient film technique (NFT)
nutrient lockout
nutrient solution
nutrients

O

oasis cubes
organelles
organic
organoleptic properties
organoponicos
osmosis

P

passive hydroponics
pea gravel
peat
perennial
perlite
permaculture
pH
photon
photopigments
photosynthetically active radiation (PAR)
photosynthesis
photosynthetic photon flux (PPF)
photosynthetic reaction centers
photosynthetically active radiation
piliferous
plant desiccation
plant factory
plant hormones
plant protocol
plant recipe
productive urban landscapes
pythium

Q

R

recirculating system
red light
reservoir
rockwool
rooftop hydroponic greenhouse
root zone
rotary frame

S

seedling
semipermeable membrane
shallow water culture (SWC)
soil-less agriculture
soluble
solvent
spectrum
starter plugs
stomata
stonewool
substrate
sulphur plasma light

T

taxonomy
timer
total dissolved solids (TDS)
transpiration

U

underground farm
urban agriculture
urban agricultural architecture (UAA)
urban farm(ing)

V

vegetative adult phase
vegetative propagation
vermiculite
vertical farm(ing)
vermicompost

W

warehouse farm(ing)
wavicle
wick system
xy lem

Y

z