Carrots to Cattle – Growing from the Ground Up
Coordinated by the Smithers Farmers Institute in partnership with Young Agrarians
Keynote Address From Ben Hartman on Lean Farming
What’s Wrong with Working 35 Hours Per Week? Using the Lean System to Increase Profits with Less Waste on Your Farm
In this keynote, Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables, will share stories of waste cutting from Japanese and Scandinavian farmers and from his own small-scale vegetable farm. Along the way, he will explain powerful concepts from the lean system that any farmer can use to prevent burnout and increase profits with less waste and work.
When: Saturday, March 2, 2019. Ben Hartman’s Keynote Address: 9-10:30am
Where: Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge, 3251 East Highway 16, Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
Ben Hartman grew up on a corn and soybean farm in Indiana and graduated college with degrees in English and philosophy. Ben and his wife, Rachel Hershberger, own and operate Clay Bottom Farm in Goshen, Indiana, where they make their living growing and selling specialty crops on less than one acre. Their food is sold locally to restaurants and cafeterias, at a farmers market, and through a community-supported-agriculture (CSA) program. The farm has twice won Edible Michiana’s Reader’s Choice award. The Lean Farm, Ben’s first book, won the Shingo Institute’s prestigious Research and Professional Publication Award. In 2017, Ben was named one of fifty emerging green leaders in the United States by Grist, and published a companion guide to The Lean Farm titled The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables. Clay Bottom Farm has developed an online course in lean farming, which can be found at theleanfarmschool.com.
Carrots to Cattle Conference
The conference also includes experts in their field who are coming to speak on topics such as soil fertility, water conservation, land design, pollinators & increasing pollination efficiency. It is going to be a very interesting day, with lots of information that will hopefully help people make their farms more efficient, profitable, and resilient.
There will also be a Tradeshow going on throughout the day for conference attendees to peruse and get more information.
This keynote address is coordinated by Young Agrarians.
FUNDING FOR THIS EVENT AND OTHERS IN CENTRAL AND NORTHERN B.C. IS PROVIDED BY THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AS PART OF THE B.C. LAND MATCHING PROGRAM.