The Lean Farm: How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work

The Lean Farm: How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency, and Maximize Value and Profits with Less Work Author Ben Hartman
ISBN-10 1603585923
ISBN-13 9781603585927
Year 2015-09-16
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing
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A practical systems based approach for a more sustainable farming operation To many people today using the words factory and farm in the same sentence is nothing short of sacrilege In many cases though the same sound business practices apply whether you are producing cars or carrots Author Ben Hartman and other young farmers are increasingly finding that incorporating the best new ideas from business into their farming can drastically cut their wastes and increase their profits making their farms more environmentally and economically sustainable By explaining the lean system for identifying and eliminating waste and introducing efficiency in every aspect of the farm operation The Lean Farm makes the case that small scale farming can be an attractive career option for young people who are interested in growing food for their community Working smarter not harder also prevents the kind of burnout that start up farmers often encounter in the face of long hard backbreaking labor Lean principles grew out of the Japanese automotive industry but they are now being followed on progressive farms around the world Using examples from his own familys one acre community supported farm in Indiana Hartman clearly instructs other small farmers in how to incorporate lean practices in each step of their production chain from starting a farm and harvesting crops to training employees and selling goods While the intended audience for this book is small scale farmers who are part of the growing local food movement Hartmans prescriptions for high value low cost production apply to farms and businesses of almost any size or scale that hope to harness the power of lean in their production processes

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