Public Speaking

Ben Hartman offers presentations about using the lean system on small farms. He has presented for MOSES, PASA, The Oregon Small Farm Conference, Sierra Harvest, ACRES USA, the National Young Farmer’s Coalition, and Piedmont Grown, among many others. He offers an online-based Webinar as well as live presentations, all accompanied by Powerpoint photos and images that will engage your audience. Ben is down-to-earth and excited to share his message. He's happy to interact with your audience before and after the event. Presentations can range from keynotes to one- or two-hour workshops, and are always tailored to your specific audience.

Sample keynote title: Using the Lean System to Earn a Comfortable Living on a Small Farm

The message of this inspirational and visionary keynote is that with the lean system, you can pursue farming as a viable career, even on a small scale. Ben introduces the lean system in broad strokes, explains its ability to transform farms, and shows examples of lean in action on his own and on others' farms.

Sample workshop title #1 (for a general audience): Applying the Lean System on a Farm or Ranch: A Vegetable Farm Example

Designed for a general audience, this workshop will explain in detail the lean production systems Ben and his wife Rachel employ on their farm. While examples show lean applied to a small-scale vegetable farm, the workshop is full of practical advice that any farmer on any type of farm can use to cut out waste and become more profitable. 

Sample workshop title #2 (for market growers): The Lean Farm: Production Tips for Market Growers

This practical workshop is geared toward small-scale market growers. Ben will explain the innovative techniques—inspired by lean thinking—that he and his wife Rachel use at Clay Bottom Farm to eliminate weeds and pests, manage soil, and cut out waste in the production of tomatoes, greens, and many other crops. He will explain lean concepts—like heijunka, kanban, and muda—that any vegetable grower can use to increase their profits with less work.

To set up an author appearance contact Jenna Dimmick Stewart:
(802) 295-6300 x 120

Ben Hartman provided an engaging and jam packed presentation at the Piedmont Grown conference. In addition to Ben’s keynote, he offered a technical session (including gorgeous pictures) detailing specific tools and practices to help farmers be more efficient with their time and limited resources. Ben offered many labor saving recommendations that farmers, I am sure, took home to use this Spring. We would highly recommend Ben to speak in venues large and small.
— Laura Lauffer, Coordinator, Piedmont Grown 2016 Conference
Beginning farmers at the 2015 Young Farmers Conference at Stone Barns found Ben’s presentation on Lean Farming to be an exciting concept that shows valuable new ways to look at their production, including creative ways to cut waste, maximize yield and organize.
— Laurie Freyer, Coordinator, 2015 Young Farmers Conference
We were thrilled to host Ben as a speaker at our Fourth Annual Conference in 2016. He agreed to present and share his experience in several sessions, including a presentation to the full conference on Lean Farming. I found his words on using lean principles to find the right quality of life or balance between farm and family to be extremely important for the fairly young demographic of our conference. Thanks, Ben!
— Michael O'Donnell, Purdue Extension, Coordinator, 2015 Indiana Small Farm Conference

Ben's Bio:

     Ben Hartman is the author of The Lean Farm, a 2016 winner of the Shingo Institute’s Prestigious Research and Professional Publication Award. He and his wife, Rachel Hershberger, own and operate Clay Bottom Farm in Goshen, Indiana, where they make their living on less than one acre growing and selling specialty produce to restaurants, at a farmers’ market, and through their CSA. Hartman was appointed to the 2017 Grist 50, a list of emerging green leaders in the United States. He keynotes conferences, conducts workshops, and offers consulting services. To learn more, see