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You’ve seen these little greens—formally known as microgreens—stylishly topping your meal as garnishes or dressed in vinaigrette as a salad. But what exactly are microgreens, other than the obvious fact that they are very small in size? Here is what you need to know about...

screen-shot-2015-07-27-at-2-12-47-pm-4133310 For the past two weeks, we've been collecting photos of mouth-watering dishes that feature Urban Cultivator-grown greens. What are these photos for, you ask? A contest that celebrates the opening of our online store! It's Urban Cultivator's very first official online store, where you can purchase seeds and accessories for your Urban Cultivator. Visit our store here: store.urbancultivator.net Those who sent us their photos had an opportunity to win $50 to our online store, and we've been keeping a close eye on what's been coming in. We're excited to announce the winners for our online store contest and to share their amazing dishes with you! Check out their submissions below.

photo-2015-06-17-09-54-08-8321781 Microsoft has been providing quality technology for 40 years now, constantly innovating and finding new ways to better the technological world. The corporation has offices all over the globe, including India, China, and Russia. For a company of its size and influence, it makes sense that Microsoft's true piece de resistance is their headquarters, located in Redmond, Washington.

mizuna-2921500 "Learn About..." is a recurring post where we'll look at lesser known herbs, greens, etc., and discuss their origin, health benefits, and everything in between! leaves-8572755 Sharp, spicy, bright, and gorgeous, mizuna, or Brassica rapa nipposinica, is a cook's dream. It holds a distinct flavor profile, and is one of the most interesting greens around.

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large_tarren_wolfe_ch25_2015_feature-7118673 “Our vision has always been to provide an option for everyone to grow their own food." Urban Cultivator's Founder and CEO Tarren Wolfe has been chasing this dream since the company started in 2010. Thanks to his vision, Tarren has been honored on Cool Hunting's very first The CH25, "showcase of creators and innovators from a broad range of disciplines who are currently working to drive the world forward."

flatimages_amaranth3-1027466 We've got some really exciting news for you. Urban Cultivator is announcing its very first online store, where you can buy seeds and other consumables for your Urban Cultivator appliances. You'll be able to get your seeds sooner, meaning you'll be able to eat fresh, nutritious greens sooner!