Ben Hartman specializes in applying the lean system on farms. He presents on farms, in corporate boardrooms, at small farm conferences, and everywhere in between. Recent events have included presentations for Oxford Real Farming Conference (UK), GE Aviation, Lean Enterprise Institute, The Oregon Small Farm Conference, LANTRA Wales (UK), The Landworkers Alliance (UK), Sierra Harvest, ACRES USA, and the National Young Farmer’s Coalition, among many others. Presentations can range from keynotes to one- or two-hour workshops, or all-day trainings, and are always tailored to the specific audience. He also consults directly with farmers and organizations in the U.S. and Canada.
In this keynote, Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm, will explain powerful concepts from the lean system that food producers of any size and type--from ranchers to grain farmers to home gardeners--can use to produce more value with less waste and work. He will provide examples from Clay Bottom Farm, in northern Indiana, where he and his wife earn a living from less than one acre of land working fewer than 35 hours per week.
In this workshop, Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm, will explain concepts from the the lean system that he and his wife Rachel use to earn a comfortable living on less than one acre of land. Specific topics covered will include: using 5S to organize a farm, how to precisely identify value, the 7 mudas (wastes), and kaizen (continuous improvement). Ben will offer concrete tips that farms of any size and type can start applying right away. Lean is a production system that originated in Japanese manufacturing and is now widely used in all types of industries.
In this workshop, geared toward market growers, Ben will show the lean growing systems Clay Bottom Farm uses to earn a living working 35 hours or less per week, using less than one acre of land. He will guide you through concrete examples of lean thinking applied to the following:
soil building and no-till bed preparation
paper pot transplanting
better greenhouse construction
growing greens, tomatoes, carrots, and more
There will be a special segment on lean CBD hemp production.
Ben Hartman is the author of The Lean Farm, a 2016 winner of the Shingo Institute’s Prestigious Research and Professional Publication Award. He and his wife, Rachel Hershberger, own Clay Bottom Farm in Goshen, Indiana, where they make their living on less than one acre growing and selling specialty produce to restaurants and at a farmers’ market. Hartman was appointed to the 2017 Grist 50, a list of emerging green leaders in the United States.
"It was a blast having Ben consult on-site at our farm this spring. Ben helped us remove self-imposed barriers and look at our farm with open eyes. During the consult, we were able to decide on vital infrastructure and layout issues. Now we have concrete plans to move our business forward."