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You are trying to start a new farm but the tasks look daunting, the costs seem high, and the risks just seem overwhelming. After taking these courses you will have the information you need to skip years of waste and start market farming for a career. Our courses are unique because they are practical and focused on efficiency. Our model is small and doable.

The widest-ranging selection of market growing courses available online today. Ben Hartman is widely recognized as the nation's leading expert in efficient production techniques using the lean system on a farm.

You are trying to start a new farm but the tasks look daunting, the costs seem high, and the risks just seem overwhelming. After taking these courses you will have the information you need to skip years of waste and start market farming for a career. Our courses are unique because they are practical and focused on efficiency. Our model is small and doable.

In The Lean Farm School courses, Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables, shows in detail how Clay Bottom Farm uses the lean system to earn a comfortable living on a 1/3 acre--working fewer than 35 hours per week.

The Lean Farm School offers 12 mini-courses. Buy the whole bundle or choose a mini-course.

To read more about Clay Bottom Farm, visit www.claybottomfarm.com.
In The Lean Farm School courses, Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables, shows in detail how Clay Bottom Farm uses the lean system to earn a comfortable living on a 1/3 acre--working fewer than 35 hours per week.

Reviews about Ben Hartman's teaching

I appreciate the fact that Ben goes into great technical detail about his farming practices and offers a lot of practical advice for farmers that are starting their operation on a new property. Focused, specific, and practical.

--Heidi Ochsenreither

I look forward to implementing all of what we learned. I was not disappointed.

--Dan

Nice flow, great content. Wonderful to see these lean principles being put into practice from the start. Everything on this farm has intention.

--Youssef Darwich

Ben gives me hope for being able to farm on a small scale and still have a life. Can't recommend enough.

--Zach Spencer

The amount of information I received from this course is amazing. Ben is a wonderful teacher, sharing all his knowledge from his years of farming. This course has shaved 10 years off my new farm startup.

--Jeremy Callahan

Very practical, down-to-earth information on farm start up and utilizing lean management practices to become more efficient and profitable.

--Nick Shimp

Seeing the lean principles in action is helpful to see how it is possible to farm and not be overworking all the time.

--Elana Dix

Ben has set a bar in lean farming that is both impressive and inspiring. Ben is very knowledgable and his approach to teaching is informative and fun, making the lessons easy to listen and learn for anyone, beginner to experienced.

--Brie, Mike, Ellie


Sign up and you receive with each course...

Comprehensive online farming education

  • Access to Ben Hartman. Ask him your questions with in-course question-and-answer discussion forums.

  • Video lessons and condensed quick-review summary slides of the course content.

  • Cutting-edge information. Clay Bottom Farm is one of the most respected farms in the nation, and Ben is the nation's leading expert on lean systems thinking applied to the farm.

  • A community of learners. Discuss the course with fellow learners with built-in forums.

FAQ

  • Is there a time limit on the courses?

    No. When you sign up, you get full access to the course(s) for life.

  • When will all of the courses be available?

    Courses roll out between now and Dec. 15, 2018. If you sign up now, you get access as soon as each course is ready to roll out.

  • Do I have to pay with a credit card.

    Credit card is the simplest, but there are other ways to pay. Use the contact page at www.claybottomfarm.com to inquire.

  • What type of farms are the courses geared toward?

    The course Lean Farm Foundations is geared toward any size and type of farmer, from goat herder to microgreens grower. It teaches the basics of the lean system in an agricultural context. The rest of the courses are specifically for small scale direct-market vegetable growers.

  • Do the lessons assume a tractor-based system?

    No. Ours is a compact farm, though we use technology--like compact tractors--to remove drudgery from our work to increase our efficiency. The courses show our tractor system in depth. However, the courses also teach how to use walk-behind equipment and lots of hand tools. We have respect for growers like our Amish neighbors who choose to farm within technological limits and eschew tractors.

  • Is this course for explorers, beginners, or experienced growers?

    All of the above. However, because the content is technical and comprehensive, serious beginners and experienced growers will benefit the most. If you are at the very beginning stages of exploring farming as a career, a better investment might be Ben's books, The Lean Farm and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables.

  • Do these courses replicate the books The Lean Farm and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables?

    No. They go beyond the books with hours and hours of video footage that add flesh to the concepts and practices mentioned in the books. The books are not prerequisite to the course, but you will benefit by reading them alongside the course.

  • Are the videos primarily lectures or demonstrations?

    They are a mix, though they focus heavily on in-the-field, real-time demonstrations. We filmed the videos DURING the growing season, not after, so you see us work and APPLY the ideas we talk about. Some concepts covered in the course--like heikunka (load-leveling) and kaizen (continuous improvement) are covered in lecture-style presentations, though always with plenty of accompanying photos and videos to show how we put the concepts to work on our farm.

Additional courses that roll out by Dec. 15

Available for purchase now, with content rolling out soon.