In 2011, one of our CSA customers approached us with the idea of applying the lean methods that he uses in his trailer factory to our farm. We were skeptical at first. We wanted to farm, not run a factory. But we liked to idea of getting rid of waste, so we gave it a try. The result: we've cut our growing area from three acres to one, gotten rid of half the tools we used to own, and work far fewer hours. Every year that we've gotten "smaller," we've grown more profitable. The Lean Farm describes the lean system in plain terms for any size and type of farm. The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables is a field guide companion for small-scale vegetable growing, showing in detail how we grow our crops with lean thinking. Together the books make the case that small scale farming can still be a viable career for young people wanting to farm.
The Lean Farm and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables are available anywhere books are sold, including through the following links: