Spring sale - 25% off through March 31 

No code needed; discount applied at checkout

Lean Market Growing Masterclass

Starting a farm? Start here.

3 Monthly Payments - On Sale


Normally $550/month

Automatic monthly payments; lifetime access to the Masterclass.

25% off during the spring sale


One-time Payment - On Sale


Regularly priced at $1600

Save money with one easy payment. Lifetime Masterclass access.

25% off now through March 31


25% off through March 31 

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

No code needed; discount applied at checkout

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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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Earn a Living from Your Backyard

At Clay Bottom Farm, we earn our living on less than 1/3 acre in production. This course shows methods that you can apply in a large backyard. Farm smaller and smarter!

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More than 150 video lessons, shot on the farm during the growing season, showing you all the details of our 1/3-acre farm. Great for urban and rural growers alike, and part-time or full-time farmers.

What's included

  • NEW in 2022-'23: 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 on a tiny scale
  • Specifics on everything: site selection, no-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 wholesale price lists
  • 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
  • This is the only online course in market gardening specifically focus on tiny-scale market gardening on less than 1/3 acre
  • 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
  • Need a scholarship? We offer discounts for non-profits, students who live outside of the US, and those who truly can't afford the cost. We want to make the Lean Farm Masterclass available to anyone with a passion for tiny-scale market gardening. Use our contact form to inquire. 

A small farm can  be sustainable and highly productive

This course focuses on ways to maintain quality of life, to farm with your values while working reasonable hours to earn a living. 

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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


Normally $550/month

25% off through March 31

No hassle - automatic payments


One-time Payment


Usually $1600

25% off during the spring sale

Save money with one payment

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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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