The Lean Farm

(Reprint from my LinkedIn Post Oct. 6, 2019)

First off, this is a must read for both lean practitioners and anyone in agriculture and farming. I would venture to say that any of you who find the time to read this well written book would suffice it to say that it was a page turner and I finished it in a day. Like a favorite movie (mine was The Godfather), I would read it again.

The author and farmer, Ben Hartman may well be the Taiichi Ohno of Lean Farming, and a great student. I have to admit that I was intrigued by the concept of merging lean principles into farming, in Hartman’s case, micro farming in the New England area. After thinking about it, it made 100% sense to incorporate lean manufacturing into various industries, but to introduce it into farming?And when I bought the book, I said to myself, “alright, make me a believer.”