Join us for a workshop with the legendary Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm, on preventing burnout and increasing farm profits with less waste and work. Ben has inspired thousands to increase efficiency and profitability on their farms, and now he’s coming to BC to share his knowledge! Ben and his wife earn a comfortable living from 1/2 acre of cultivated land working less than 35 hours per week. All kinds of farms can benefit from these lean principles, not just market gardens!
WHEN: Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 1:00-6:00 PM
WHERE: Coast Salish Territory – Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street, Victoria, BC
COST: Sliding scale $35-70. All funds raised go to covering the cost of the event. Thank you for your support! Coffee and tea will be available for purchase at the event.
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Workshop with Ben Hartman – Market Gardening with Lean: How to Earn a Comfortable Living with Less Waste and Work
In this workshop, Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables, will explain powerful concepts from the Japanese lean system that prevent burnout and increase profits with less waste and work. The workshop is geared toward market gardeners, covering lots of production techniques and tips. However, the lean system is universal and the workshop will also explain efficiency techniques that farmers of any size and type can take home and immediately employ. Ben will provide examples of lean at work on Clay Bottom Farm, in northern Indiana, where he and his wife earn a comfortable living from 1/2 acre of cultivated land working less than 35 hours per week.
All kinds of farms can benefit from these lean principles, not just market gardens!
Topics covered include:
- Organizing workspaces with 5S
- Genchi gembutsu (close observation) to precisely identify value
- The 7 types of farm muda (waste)
- Kaizen (continuous improvement) on a farm
- How to set prices with lean
- The lean system and worker management
- Lean business management
- Lean production of tomatoes, salad green, carrots, and more
This event is made possible by Vancity and Victoria Event Centre.