About Curtis GARNER
Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer
Curtis Garner, co-founder and CCO at Verdant Robotics, grew up in Central California’s agricultural community and has more than a decade of farming experience working across the Pacific Northwest, California, and Chile and with industry leaders in specialty crop processing.
Prior to cofounding Verdant, Curtis was the senior business analyst for Bowles Farming, an 12,000-acre family-owned and operated fresh market and specialty processing farm growing 21 different crops in organic and conventional production. At Bowles, Curtis oversaw an operations budget of over $50M and was Bowles’ primary point of contact with customers and suppliers. While at Bowles, Curtis implemented automation to improve farming operations, specifically to address increased labor challenges.
Previously, Curtis worked at The Morning Star Packing Company, the world’s largest tomato processing and packing company, where he managed a bimodal labor pool of more than 600 transplanting and 400 harvesting employees. Additionally, he oversaw more than 40,000-50,000 acres, identifying and managing seedlings, transplanting, harvesting and processing risks to maximize revenue for all stakeholders.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in finance and business from State East Bay College of Business and Economics.