Public Speaking

Ben Hartman offers presentations aboutClay Bottom Farm and their unique application of the lean system. He has presented for MOSES, PASA, The Oregon Small Farm Conference, Sierra Harvest, ACRES USA, the National Young Farmer’s Coalition, and Piedmont Grown, among many others. Presentations can range from keynotes to one- or two-hour workshops, or all-day eventsand are always tailored to your specific audience.

 

Sample keynote title: Using the Lean System to Earn a Comfortable Living on a Small Farm

Sample workshop title #1 (for a general audience): Applying the Lean System on a Farm or Ranch: A Vegetable Farm Example

Sample workshop title #2 (for market growers): The Lean Farm: Production Tips for Market Growers

To set up an author appearance contact Jenna Dimmick Stewart: 
JStewart@chelseagreen.com
(802) 295-6300 x 120

Ben Hartman provided an engaging and jam packed presentation at the Piedmont Grown conference. In addition to Ben’s keynote, he offered a technical session (including gorgeous pictures) detailing specific tools and practices to help farmers be more efficient with their time and limited resources. Ben offered many labor saving recommendations that farmers, I am sure, took home to use this Spring. We would highly recommend Ben to speak in venues large and small.
— Laura Lauffer, Coordinator, Piedmont Grown 2016 Conference
Beginning farmers at the 2015 Young Farmers Conference at Stone Barns found Ben’s presentation on Lean Farming to be an exciting concept that shows valuable new ways to look at their production, including creative ways to cut waste, maximize yield and organize.
— Laurie Freyer, Coordinator, 2015 Young Farmers Conference
We were thrilled to host Ben as a speaker at our Fourth Annual Conference in 2016. He agreed to present and share his experience in several sessions, including a presentation to the full conference on Lean Farming. I found his words on using lean principles to find the right quality of life or balance between farm and family to be extremely important for the fairly young demographic of our conference. Thanks, Ben!
— Michael O'Donnell, Purdue Extension, Coordinator, 2015 Indiana Small Farm Conference

Ben's Bio:

     Ben Hartman is the author of The Lean Farm, a 2016 winner of the Shingo Institute’s Prestigious Research and Professional Publication Award. He and his wife, Rachel Hershberger, own and operate Clay Bottom Farm in Goshen, Indiana, where they make their living on less than one acre growing and selling specialty produce to restaurants, at a farmers’ market, and through their CSA. Hartman was appointed to the 2017 Grist 50, a list of emerging green leaders in the United States. He keynotes conferences, conducts workshops, and offers consulting services. To learn more, see www.claybottomfarm.com.