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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.

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Ben Hartman

Ben Hartman (b. 1978) grew up in LaGrange County, Indiana, on a corn and soybean farm. After graduating from Goshen College (Goshen, IN) with degrees in English and Philosophy, he lived and grew vegetables on several farms before starting Clay Bottom Farm (Goshen) with his wife, Rachel Hershberger, in 2006. He contributes regularly to Growing for Market magazine. Clay Bottom Farm is recognized as a pioneer in employing the lean production system in a farm context. His first book, The Lean Farm, was published in 2015. The farm has twice won edible Michiana's Reader's Choice Award. When he is not farming or writing, Hartman enjoys camping along with coast of Michigan with his family.

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