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The Lean Farm: How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work

 
 
Author
Ben Hartman.
Publisher Chelsea Green  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 10 x 7 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 9781603585927
Pages/Publication Date 240/2015
Daedalus Item Code 69092
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"Lean" principles grew out of the Japanese automotive industry, but Ben Hartman of Clay Bottom Farm in Goshen, Indiana, has applied these principles to farming, where he has been able to drastically cut waste and increase profits, making his one-acre family farm more environmentally and economically sustainable. Hartman (who grew up on a corn and soybean farm before earning degrees in English and philosophy) clearly instructs other small farmers in how to incorporate lean practices in each step of their production chain, from starting a farm and harvesting crops to training employees and selling goods. His approach of working smarter, not harder, aims to prevent the kind of burnout that start-up farmers often encounter.

"Hartman adapted this lean philosophy to support a thriving business, growing and selling enough specialty produce to support himself and his wife by harvesting only a single acre of land. In this lucidly written, well-organized guidebook, Hartman lays out the fundamentals of lean farming for any grower hoping to follow his example, from limiting materials and transportation needs to more efficiently using staff member talents. Along with many useful charts and photos, Hartman includes 10 case studies from his own farm, illustrating how trimming away unneeded practices led to big production gains. Although Hartman's target audience here is organic, small-scale growers, anyone involved in a larger agribusiness owned operation will find his advice remarkably useful and ultimately very profitable."Booklist

 
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