January 28, 2014
Our Urban Cultivator Adventure Begins!
Last week Tarren Wolfe, of Urban Cultivator in Vancouver and Marco Tallarico, of Appliance Love in Toronto paid a visit to our New York City offices. The two men traveled all the way from Canada to show us how to set up and begin using our new Urban Cultivator unit. This amazing Cultivator will allow us to grow our own fresh and nutritious herbs and micro green 365 days per year! Jennifer Aaronson, our Editorial Food Director and Greg Lofts, our Senior Associate Food Editor, are thrilled to begin using these delicious ultra-local greens in our recipes. There is no need for the use of pesticides or chemicals of any kind. We’ll be growing only the highest quality plants. To get started, we decided to plant arugula, broccoli, radish, komatsuna, cilantro, kale, and peas. The seeds were sown according to directions and the seed trays were placed in the Cultivator. Now we just have to watch and wait patiently!
1 Tarren Wolfe of Urban Cultivator traveled all the way from Vancouver, Canada to assist me in the set-up of our very own cultivator at the MSLO offices.
2 Joining Tarren was Marco Tallarico of Appliance Love in Toronto, Canada.
3 Here I am chatting with Tarren and Marco about all the different features of the cultivator.
4 I was fascinated by this programming device.
5 We programmed the watering intervals to once every 4 days.
6 Jennifer Aaronson, our Editorial Food Director and Greg Lofts, our Senior Associate Food Editor, were introduced to the basics.
7 This is a sampling of the micro nutrients used in growing and the seeds that we planted.
8 Each tray is first lined with a filter mat to keep the growing medium contained.
9 Here I am sowing radish seeds in the growing medium.
10 Tarren sprinkled Komatsuna seeds, a Japanese mustard spinach that has a bit of a spicy flavor.
11 The seeds were covered over with soil and gently patted down.
12 We all had seeds to plant.
13 The seed flats were placed in the Cultivator.
14 Each tray receives 18 hours of nurturing light a day.
15 The Urban Cultivator's pre-programmed control center makes sure your greens get exactly the right amount of water and light, and the onboard fans control humidity and air circulation.
16 We also planted cilantro that day.
17 And Oregon Giant Peas
18 Humidity domes were positioned over the seed trays until germination begins.
19 We filled every shelf of the Urban Cultivator.
20 A big thanks to Tarren and Marco for all their help. I'll be checking every day to see what's sprouting!