Ben Hartman offers presentations about Clay Bottom Farm and their unique application of the lean system. 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. Presentations can range from keynotes to one- or two-hour workshops, or all-day trainings, and are always tailored to your specific audience.
Sample keynote title: What's Wrong With Working 35 Hours (or Less) Per Week? Using Lean Ideas to Cut Out Waste, Increase Value, and Find Balance on Your Farm.
Description: Thousands of farmers burn out from overwork after just a few seasons. While hard work is a virtue, so too is finding a healthy life-work balance. In this session, Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables, will explain powerful concepts from the lean system (whose origins date back to ancient Japanese rice farms) that food producers of any size and type--from ranchers to grain farmers to home gardeners--can use to produce more value with less waste and work. He will provide examples from Clay Bottom Farm, in northern Indiana, where he and his wife earn a living from 1/2 acre of cultivated land working less than 35 hours per week.
Sample workshop title #1 (for a general audience): Using the Lean System to Earn a Comfortable Living on a Farm
Sample workshop title #2: The Lean Farm: Production Tips for Market Growers
Sample workshop title #3: Lean Business Management for the Small Farm
Sample workshop title #4: Cutting-Edge Tools and Infrastructure for Starting a Lean Market Farm
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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 www.claybottomfarm.com.