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Edward Harwood - Aero Farm Systems, LLC. Ithaca, NY, US

Edward Harwood Edward Harwood

CEO and Founder | Aero Farm Systems, LLC


Experienced speaker/panelist for farm to food issues especially using protected agriculture.



Ed Harwood, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, has over 30 years of agricultural and engineering experience. Ed founded AeroFarms in 2004 as GreatVeggies® LLC before commercializing further in 2009 with cleantech investment from 21 Ventures and The Quercus Trust. A proven leader in technology and the environment, Ed has been recognized with the following awards:
• 2011 World Technology Awards Finalist for the Environment
• 2011 Clean Equity Monaco Runner Up for Technology Research
• 2010 Red Herring Top 100 North America Winner
Ed is also a noted agricultural author with articles in leading trade publications like Planetizen, Renewable Energy World, Maximum Yield, Green Tech Media, and The Growing Edge. A former Associate Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension for Agriculture, Ed was responsible for identifying cutting-edge technologies. Ed also has senior management experience as the former CEO of Topline Waikato, Inc. a New Zealand milking equipment supplier. Ed has his B.S. in Microbiology and B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from Colorado State University and Ph.D. in Dairy Science minoring in Artificial Intelligence from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Industry Expertise (3)

Agriculture and Farming


Food Production

Areas of Expertise (2)


Led Lighting as It Relates to Plants

Education (4)

University of Wisconsin - Madison: Ph.D., Dairy Science 1990

Minor in Artificial Intelligence

Colorado State University: B.S., Animal Science 1976

Colorado State University: M.S., Animal Science 1979

Colorado State University: B.S., Microbiology 1974

Sample Talks (1)

How plants see light

Plants use light directly for growth. Light also impacts chemical properties of plants. Finally current lighting options for plants are fraught with poor characterization and design.



  • Keynote
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  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader


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