Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

CEA Lettuce Commercialization :transfer of CEA Technology to Commercial Enterpri (ST7256-1)

Westfield Produce Group, L.L.C


Cornell University, under previous NYSERDA projects, constructed and operated a 1,200 head per day commercial-scale, year-round, Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) lettuce production facility near Ithaca, NY. The facility has successfully demonstrated the technologies required for commercial lettuce production in New York State. Handing off this technology to a potential developer is the next stage in the development of CEA lettuce. Westfield Produce Group has put together a team to develop markets and lay the ground work for the eventual construction of a large-scale CEA lettuce production facility in Westfield, NY.

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Project Description

This project will: develop markets and gauge potential marker size by selling Cornell-produced lettuce as though it were grown in Westfield; develop and verify a business plan; develop a design for a large-scale facility; and a perform a financial analysis.


Cornell has demonstrated that its CEA production technology is an energy-efficient method for the production of produce such as lettuce. This project will hand off the technology from the world of academics to the business world. A new industry producing homegrown produce year-round would increase employment in New York State. Sales of produce will be the primary metric.

Project Results

The lettuce facility is now being successfully operated by a non-profit organization providing vocational services to the disabled.


Westfield Produce Group, L.L.C
P.O. Box 368 105 East Main Street
Westfield, NY 14787

Principle Investigator

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Universities Involved


Project Type:

Business Development

Technologies Types:

Industrial Products
Controlled Environment Agriculture

NYSERDA Contact Information

Edward Kear


R&D - Mfg Tech & On-Site Pwr

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST7256-1

Last Updated: 5/16/2014