Lean Market Growing Masterclass

Starting a farm? Start here.

3 Monthly Payments

$243.75/month

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Regular price $325/month, on sale through October 31
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One-time Payment

$712.50

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Regular price $950, now 25% off through the end of October. Save money with one easy payment. Lifetime Masterclass access.

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25% off through October 31 

Annual fall sale! This is our largest discount offered - get ready for the growing season
with 25% off the Lean Market Growing Masterclass. 

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Totally Unique

The most comprehensive online course in market growing, combining the lean management system and Ben Hartman's cutting edge growing methods. 

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Smaller and Smarter Farming

A focus on efficient techniques and microfarm management so that you are profitable in year one.

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Practical

More than 100 video lessons, shot on the farm during the growing season, showing you all the details of our 1/2-acre farm. Great for urban and rural growers alike.

What's included

  • NEW in 2021-'22: Over a dozen new lessons, including a greenhouse construction series, updated information on tomato trellising techniques, packaging options for wholesale accounts, and more. 
  • More than 150 video lessons (40+ hours of instruction) showing how to earn a comfortable living on a 1/2 acre farm
  • Specifics on everything: site selection, low-till soil building, compost-making, weed-free farming, harvesting, and lean selling strategies
  • Direct access to Ben: he answers all questions posed through the course platform on a weekly basis
  • Invitation to exclusive live online training and Q&A events with Ben for Masterclass students
  • Lean methods for growing tomatoes, salad greens, kale, peppers, ginger, carrots, and a whole lot more
  • Downloadable content like chef contact sheets, production cheat sheets, and building plans for Ben's barn-house
  • Condensed quick-review summary slides of the course content for convenient learning
  • Cutting-edge information: Clay Bottom Farm is one of the most respected small farms in the nation and the course is updated every season
  • Ad-free: no distractions or promotions, just the lean growing information you want
  • Lifetime access: you get access to all of the lessons for as long as the course is online
 

A small farm can  be sustainable and highly productive

This course shows how.

 
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Farming for everyone

Small farms, local (direct to consumer) farms, and organic farms are on the rise. So are urban farms, specialty crop farms, and women-owned farms. Across the world one in three people are now engaged in agriculture to earn part of all of their living--and most farms globally are less than 3 acres in size. When you set up a smart, small, and locally-focused farm, you join a giant movement. (Pictured: Clay Bottom Farm crew and friends, 2014.)

What's in the course

Take a dive into the course. Here's a preview.

 

What You'll Learn in the Masterclass

Click below for a list of all the topics covered in Masterclass lessons

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3 Monthly Payments

$243.75/month

No hassle - automatic payments. On sale through October 31.

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One-time Payment

$712.50

Save money with one payment. 25% off through October 31.

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No-waste Inspirations

Here are just a few people that have shaped our farming and methods, and that inspire us:

  • Industrial engineer Taicchi Ohno (b. 1912, Japan), transformed Toyota and codified seven types of waste--we use his system on our farm
  • Biologist George Washington Carver's work (more on our homepage) continues to inspire market growers
  • Rose Avenue refugee incubation farm (Ft. Wayne, Indiana) is an example of farmers connecting with their roots and farming lean (farmers pictured here)
  • The creation stories from the Potawatomi people, pre-settlement and current inhabitants of the Great Lakes region where our farm is located, show nature and humans in sustainable relationship. An excellent resource is Robin Wall Kimmerer's book Braiding Sweetgrass
  • Mennonite immigrants and refugees (like our ancestors) brought seeds in their trunks as they traveled from Russia and Europe, and many Mennonites continue to practice simpler living
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Jackson H.
Phoenix Farm
McLeansville, North Carolina
 

Ben's lean farming course has been of tremendous value and influence on my farm and my life.  On the surface, "lean" may sound boring and unromantic, detracting from the heart of farming, but it does just the opposite.  It makes farming manageable and fun, allowing me to do the bulk of my farming in just 3 days a week so I can spend the rest of my time being a good husband and father, vacationing, and enjoying other pursuits for a well-rounded lifestyle!

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Peter H.
Sweet Pete's Market Garden 
Bedfordshire, UK 

Ben's Masterclass is my one stop shop for definitive knowledge on all aspects of modern market gardening. It is extremely clear and I heartily recommend it to all my fellow growers.

 

 

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Jim and Katie H.
Wild Canary Farm
Duvall, Washington
 

We raise pastured livestock, we grow cut flowers, not veg, and the lean philosophy I’ve studied in Ben’s books and through the Masterclass has universal value. We manage our business with an eye to lean thinking. The approach to systems and people resonates throughout our farm. It’s been a very fulfilling journey and gives our farm the ability, with only 3 employees, to punch well above our weight class.

 
 
 

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