You are trying to start a new farm but the tasks look daunting, the costs seem high, and the risk just seems overwhelming. After taking these courses you will have the information you need to skip years of waste, remove a lot of risk, and give you confidence to try market farming for a career. Our courses are unique because they are practical and based on our small scale, which is a doable and replicable model.

The most complete market growing masterclass available online today. Ben Hartman is widely recognized as the nation's leading expert in efficient production technique 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 risk just seems overwhelming. After taking these courses you will have the information you need to skip years of waste, remove a lot of risk, and give you confidence to try market farming for a career. Our courses are unique because they are practical and based on our small scale, which is a doable and replicable model.

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.

"Agricultural choices must be made by these inescapable standards: the ecological health of the farm and the economic health of the farmer." --Wendell Berry

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 for the course(s) for life.

  • When will all of the courses be available?

    Courses roll out between Oct. 1, 2018 and Dec. 15, 2018. Most courses will be available by Oct. 15. If you sign up now, you get access as soon as the 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 the Amish 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 exploring farming as 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 Oct. 15 - Dec. 15

Available for purchase now, with content rolling out soon.