The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables : In-Depth Techniques for Efficient Organic Production, from Seed to Market

The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables : In-Depth Techniques for Efficient Organic Production, from Seed to Market

Book Title: The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables : In-Depth Techniques for Efficient Organic Production, from Seed to Market

Author: Ben Hartman

Format: Paperback | 272 pages

Publication Date: 03 Nov 2017

ISBN-13: 9781603586993

At Clay Bottom Farm, author Ben Hartman and staff practice kaizen, or continuous improvement, cutting out more waste--of time, labor, space, money, and more--every year and aligning their organic production more tightly with customer demand. Applied alongside other lean principles originally developed by the Japanese auto industry, the end result has been increased profits and less work.

In this field-guide companion to his award-winning first book, The Lean Farm, Hartman shows market vegetable growers in even more detail how Clay Bottom Farm implements lean thinking in every area of their work, including using kanbans, or replacement signals, to maximize land use; germination chambers to reduce defect waste; and right-sized machinery to save money and labor and increase efficiency. From finding land and assessing infrastructure needs to selling perfect produce at the farmers market, The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables digs deeper into specific, tested methods for waste-free farming that not only help farmers become more successful but make the work more enjoyable. These methods include:








Using Japanese paper pot transplanters



Building your own germinating chambers



Leaning up your greenhouse



Making and applying simple composts



Using lean techniques for pest and weed control



Creating Heijunka, or load-leveling calendars for efficient planning




Farming is not static, and improvement requires constant change. The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables offers strategies for farmers to stay flexible and profitable even in the face of changing weather and markets. Much more than a simple exercise in cost-cutting, lean farming is about growing better, not cheaper, food--the food your customers want.