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Title:
The lean farm : how to minimize waste, increase efficiency, and maximize value and profits with less work
Author:
Hartman, Ben, 1978- , author.
Publication Information:
White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, [2015]

©2015
Physical Description:
xii, 240 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Summary:
"Lean principles were originally developed by the Japanese automotive industry, but Hartman has applied them to farming. As a result, he's been able to drastically cut waste, increase profit, and make his family farm more environmentally and economically sustainable. With ample examples from his one-acre farm in Indiana, Hartman illustrates how to incorporate lean practices, on farms of any size or scale, at each step of the production chain, from starting a farming operation and harvesting crops to training employees and selling goods. Hartman's approach of working smarter, not harder, aims to prevent the kind of burnout that start-up farmers often encounter and enable a new generation of young people to choose farming as a viable career path"--back cover.
Language:
English
Contents:
Every tool in its place -- Farming for your customers -- Learning to see value -- Ten types of farm waste -- Flow I: tools to root out farm production waste -- Flow II: tools to root out farm management waste -- Lean farm sales: pull, not push -- Continuous improvement (Kaizen) -- Respect for people: lean and farm staff -- Lean applied at Clay Bottom Farm: ten specific cases -- The lean farm start-up -- The limits of lean in agriculture -- Lean for more than profit.
ISBN:
9781603585927
Format :
Book