The Lean Farm Start-up: 2-Day Intensive Course June 22-23, 2019, at Clay Bottom Farm, Goshen, IN

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The Lean Farm Start-up: 2-Day Intensive Course June 22-23, 2019, at Clay Bottom Farm, Goshen, IN

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The LEAN FARM START-UP June 2019 workshop is SOLD OUT. Please sign up for our mailing list (see form on this page) to be the first to learn about our next 2-day intensive workshop.


2nd annual event! An exclusive two-day intensive with Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm, at Clay Bottom Farm. Price is $400-600: Pay what you can afford. Sign up for this workshop and receive

—2 days of training in efficient growing techniques and lean farm set-up, especially for start-up market growers or anyone wanting to lean up their farm

“The amount of information I received from this course is amazing. Ben is a wonderful teacher, sharing all his knowledge from his years of farming. This course has shaved 10 years off my new farm startup.” —Jeremy Callahan, 2018 Lean Farm Start-up student

“If you are looking to make a good living as a small scale farmer while still maintaining a balanced lifestyle, look no further. Ben does an amazing job of laying out how to make that possible by using lean techniques.”—Ian Beger, 2019 Lean Farm Start-up student

When: June 22-23, 2019, 8:30 am - 4 pm both days

Location: Clay Bottom Farm, Goshen, Indiana

Description: In 2017 we bought a large urban lot, sold our rural farm of 10 years, and started building a brand new farm, including a barn-house and a state of the art greenhouse. Our inspirations were the "connected" farms of new England, Japanese market farms, and the "Hof" that Ben's German ancestors used as a house and an animal barn.

In this course you will receive a deep dive tour of our new farm, learn about the five lean design principles we used, and learn smooth flow principles to lean up your existing farm or build a new one. I will cover how to build lean greenhouses, processing rooms, propagation houses, wash-pack rooms, and more.

Better design = happier farmers and more profitable farms! Course includes catered lunch on both days, and you will receive a set of plans for our barn-house, propagation house, and greenhouse. Meet your production and sales goals and still have time for family and friends. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

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See lean systems in working operation on our farm. Get inspired to start your new farm right, so you hit the ground running—or learn how to lean up your existing farm. Specifically, in this course you will learn about:

  • how to set up essential infrastructure for lean growing

  • cutting-edge greenhouse design

  • lean flow design in processing rooms

  • efficient techniques for starting new plots

  • lean market vegetable production techniques

  • the lean method for acquiring and retaining your first customers

Cost includes catered lunches using Clay Bottom Farm food.

Housing, breakfast, and supper are up to students to arrange on their own. There are many quality bed and breakfast establishments and hotels in the Goshen area, including:

Red Bridge Retreat

Inn on South 5th

Roselane Farm Bed and Breakfast

On-farm camping is available for $10 per night Friday and Saturday nights. Indoor shower and bath are available. Inquire with the form below.

Some of our favorite places to eat include Kelly Jae’s Cafe, Venturi, Maple City Market, Goshen Brewing Co., Constant Spring, and the Olympia Candy Kitchen.


“Ben has set a bar in lean farming that is both impressive and inspiring. Ben is very knowledgable and his approach to teaching is informative and fun, making the lessons easy to listen and learn for anyone, beginner to experienced.” —Brie

“Ben gives me hope for being able to farm on a small scale and still have a life. Can't recommend enough.” —Zach

“Nice flow, great content. Wonderful to see these lean principles being put into practice from the start. Everything on this farm has intention.” —Youssef

“I look forward to implementing all of what we learned. I was not disappointed.” —Dan

“I appreciate the fact that Ben goes into great technical detail about his farming practices and offers a lot of practical advice for farmers that are starting their operation on a new property. Focused, specific, and practical.” —Heidi

For questions, email Ben using this contact form.