An automated solution for growing greens and herbs all year along.
While in Vancouver for TED last month, we stumbled upon the just-opened "Living Produce Aisle," a space that makes salads and smoothies from microgreens, vegetables and herbs grown right inside the space. The immersive storefront was created by Surrey, BC-based Urban Cultivator to put their enclosed hydroponic systems in action. A home appliance (there are much larger commercial units available for chefs and restaurants too) roughly the size of a wine fridge, Urban Cultivator is a high-tech indoor garden for growing a wide range of greens—from basil and wheatgrass to tatsoi and swiss chard. It hooks up to water and electricity just like a dishwasher and its internal computer oversees the automated air circulation, watering and lighting for optimal growth of what you decide to grow.