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

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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 incorpo

Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published September 4th 2015 by Chelsea Green Publishing
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Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Lean Farm is more about philosophy of lean while the vegetable guide is more about the practical aspects. If you're already thinking like a minimalist you might dive straight into the vegetable guide, the important aspects and tenants of lean are covered there as well.
That being said the learn farm is still worth picking up at some point, and it's quite interesting to see the progress and change in some of the farming systems in the 2 years between the books.
Bill Guerrant
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Most of the book is a description of the "lean" system of production, developed in Japan and employed most famously at Toyota. The author has successfully adapted the lean principles to his farm and encourages other farmers to do so as well. While there are some helpful and persuasive recommendations (reduce the number of tools to the bare essentials, keep work areas organized and clean, minimize movement between gardens and processing areas, etc.), I had expected more concrete and specific exam ...more
Bob Wallner
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, lean
If you had told me at the beginning of 2018 that one of the best books I would read on applying lean principles would be a book called "Lean Farm", I would have said you were crazy. Lean Farm is an excellent audiobook on the adoption and application of true lean principles in a small local farm.

The author sets the groundwork by telling how, when he and his wife decided to get into farming, they faced many of the challenges faced by any startup and how a customer, who happened to be a lean sensei
Dayton Outar
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. The content is not just useful for farming but also for any business operation. The way that the author took principles of from the father of Toyota's Production System and integrated in his farm was refreshing and encouraging. Encouraging in that it prompted me to constant think about transferring ideas across disciplines.

This was really good. It wasn't a lousy read. The way it is written caused me to grasp the ideas quickly, which made it a quick read.
Ivy Sam
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s not for light reading, there are not very many pretty farm pictures. This really is for budding farmers or those who are currently farming to learn how to streamline their systems and farm without wasting energy, produce and profits in CSA farming.
Tori Ames
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent resource in how to create complete and comprehensive whole-farm structures to maximize efficiency. Essential reading for anyone starting a farm or transitioning into managing a long-standing farm business.
Could not recommend more.
D Jung
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
An inspiring read about farm efficiency.
Sean Curl
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not just the farm, every day life as well.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
While I appreciated this perspective, and the book is straightforward without being oversimplified or cursory, it read too much like propaganda.
Fadri Mokolintad
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: special-books
So, let's get to work.... ;)
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lean, farming
A great book. One of the most practical books at minimizing waste and optimizing your farm.
Garth Wolfenden
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
An amazing rethink of the farming business.

After working under a lean style in mining I never thought of applying it to my new endeavour.
A well written, easy reference book, with plenty of examples, the lean farm is a fun ride to a better life.
Do more with less, use what you need, get rid of the burden of gadgets and earn more while saving are just some of the ideas in this book. Worth twice the money on the first read and I tag it covert to cover twice in three days.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great ideas with practical application examples.
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really excellent! The whole time I was reading this I couldn't stop the flow of ideas and inspiration for how I want to tweak the operation of my farm. It's know time to sit back with a note book in hand and read it again much more slowly!
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“A farmer's work in many ways is like setting a stage. In theater, stage managers lay out furniture and props, set up lights, and clean to get a set ready for actors to take over and create a show. Farmers plow, fertilize, set up irrigation systems and fences, and otherwise prep the stage of their farms for the real actors -- the sun and the life within the seeds and animals -- to create the show.” 0 likes
“The dominant business model in the United States assumes a successful business will grow in size every year. But can one also find one’s right size and be satisfied with it? Lean principles—which focus on creating more value over simply more quantity—opened up the possibility for us of not growing bigger, of thriving even within the constraint of size.” 0 likes
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