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Urban Cultivator puts a farm in your kitchen

Grow your own herbs and other plants in dishwasher-size appliance

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Ned Bell, executive chef at the Yew Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, says the cultivator fits with the restaurant’s “from farm to table” philosophy. “I grew up on a farm, and my dad was the first hydroponic tomato farmer in the Okanagan,” Mr. Bell says. “That DIY attitude is in my blood.”

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At the Fairmont, greens are put on display. Chefs can use it, and it sends a message of freshness to hotel guests.

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Plants are on display at a flower shop.

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Tarren Wolfe shows a cultivator topped with a maple butcher block that sits next to one of the chefs’ stations at the Yew Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. Mr. Wolfe’s company is based in Surrey, B.C.

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Basil being grown in an Urban Cultivator.

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