Urban Cultivator

Discussion in 'Professional Chefs' started by mdecklever, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. mdecklever

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    Hi all,

    I'm wondering if anyone has seen or uses the Urban Cultivator? In the interest of hyper-local, organic, sustainable, it seems like it would be a great product and a way to differentiate. But it does take a bit of space and seems like a bit of an investment.

    Would definitely be interested in the thoughts of the professionals here.

    Michael
     
  2. mikeswoods

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    Never heard of one--what is it exactly??
     
  3. chefedb

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    ??????????
     
  4. chefboyog

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    Looks pretty cool. Definately some wow factor. Very expensive from what I saw.

    Florescent lights are very cheap these days. I could put together a pretty nice grow op for 2k.
     
  5. rsi rich

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    I deal with a lot of corporate dining clients and this has always been a wish list item for every new buildout we design. To date, I have not been able to get a definitive answer from any of my local EHS departments if they will approve this or not.  It is obviously installed in some areas without problem, but check with your local inspector before dropping major coin for this.
     
  6. mdecklever

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    From what I've seen, the pricing for the commercial unit is about $6,600, but factoring in shipping and the like puts it over $8,000. Seems like a great marketing opportunity (hyper-local) and the company talks about cost savings, but I didn't know if anyone had actually used it.
     
  7. rsi rich

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    The nice thing about these units are that they are essentially glass door fresh produce merchandisers.  It is like an indoor herb or produce wall, but you can actually use the stuff that is grown because it is protected.
     
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    These cabs can be built for 1/3 of the price... Build your own!!! LED grow lamps are the new thing. Dont think youd get good results under fluorescent light.
     
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    "----hyper-local, organic, sustainable,----"

    I don't think so.

    1. Electricity is expensive and non-sustainable.

    2. fluorescent bulbs can't last that long and will need to be replace.

    3. Urban real estate is extremely expensive per square foot. This unit takes up floor space.

    4. It will have to use chemical fertilizers and insect sprays. Can't be organic.

    dcarch