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The lean farm : how to minimize waste, increase efficiency, and maximize value and profits with less work

Author: Ben Hartman; Emma Gerigscott
Publisher: White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Hartman; Emma Gerigscott
ISBN: 9781603585927 1603585923
OCLC Number: 907011652
Description: xii, 240 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Lean Thinking on the Farm. Every tool in its place --
Farm for your customers : precisely identify value --
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 : establish pull, not push --
Continuous improvement (Kaizen) --
Respect for people : lean and farm staff --
Lean applied at Clay Bottom Farm : ten specific cases --
Lean in an Agricultural Context. The lean farm start-up --
The limits of lean in agriculture --
Lean for more than profit.
Other Titles: How to minimize waste, increase efficiency, and maximize value and profits with less work
Responsibility: Ben Hartman ; illustrations by Emma Gerigscott.

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"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.

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