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5 Lean Principles for Farming Through a Pandemic


A Virtual Workshop with Presenter
Ben Hartman of Clay Bottom Farm

MARCH 29, 2021
10:-00 – 11:30 PST



Ben Hartman Farming Lettuce

Join us for an engaging 90 minutes with Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables. In this workshop, Ben will explain how he and his wife use 5 principles from lean production to successfully steer their farm through the pandemic. He will also explain the origins of the lean system in Japan, and why lean ideas can give a powerful boost to food producers of any size and type during this time.  This workshop is especially relevant to market growers, but the concepts apply to any size and type of farm and all are welcome to attend.


Lean Farm Guide Front Cover of Book





Ben Hartman is the author of The Lean Farm (Chelsea Green, 2016), winner of the prestigious Shingo Institute Research and Professional Publication Award. In 2017, Ben was named one of fifty emerging green leaders in the United States by Grist, and published a companion guide to The Lean Farm titled The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables. Ben and his wife, Rachel Hershberger, own and operate Clay Bottom Farm in Goshen, Indiana, where they make their living growing specialty crops on less than one acre. Ben has developed an online course in lean farming, which can be found at claybottomfarm.com, and is a senior consultant for USAID on agricultural projects.


Ben Hartman is offering a 30-minute private consultation with 4 individuals on March 29, 2020, at no charge.

Consultation slot options: 12 pm, 12:30 pm, 1 pm, and 1:30 pm.

Consultation appointments will be booked on a first come first serve basis by emailing [email protected].








This virtual workshop is offered at no charge to the community due to two program grants under the USDA:  Agricultural Marketing Service and AgrAbility.