These two PDFs go beyond Ben's books, updating advice on new tools, and offering new no-till approaches for making and using compost. Here's what's included:
PDF #1: Cutting Edge Tools for Market Growers
This document lists the tools used on Clay Bottom Farm almost every day, with a focus on cutting-edge tools that are newer to the marketplace and that cut out a lot of burden from market-scale farming. It's essential when starting up your farm to choose the right tools, and not too many tools, and this guide offers Ben's best advice. Includes:
--parts for a lean irrigation setup
--seed starting equipment, including how to build a germination chamber
--the best seeders and transplanters on the market
--new LED lighting options for vibrant starts
--a low-cost DIY carrot washer
--essential hand tools
--Ben's advice on buying a tractor
PDF #2: Making and Using Compost: Lean Approaches for No-Till Growers.
This PDF is a deep dive into Clay Bottom Farm's compost-making system, including new small-farm approaches for:
--gathering raw materials
--turning compost with less work
--spreading compost efficiently
--planting into compost using a no-till method
This document should be used as a guide and starting place to get your first batch of compost up and going, and it offers essential start-up advice for no-till growing.
Remember that you can do this. Farmers have been growing food for centuries with similar methods. Ben's approach is no-till, leaving your mulch in place, and seeding directly into it. This method is lower-cost, less work, and virtually eliminates weeds. Happy composting!
Both PDFs are available in a bundle for $35. Not sold separately. 48 pages in length with dozens of pictures. Upon purchase, you can view the guides by logging in to claybottomfarm.com. Click "My Library" to access the Lean Farm Start-up Quick Guides. These PDFs are included free in the Lean Market Growing Masterclass.