Lean Management Principles for Farmers

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 9:00am to 1:30pm
Outlook Farm, 136 Main Road, Westhampton, MA

Can factory principles be applied to farming without compromising the values of sustainability? According to our presenter and lean business consultant Scott Morrison, they can. Join us for a half-day workshop on lean farming at Outlook Farm with owner Brad Morse. We will begin with an introduction to lean principles and apply them in a walkthrough of Outlook's post-harvest operations. We will discuss how to map out any process in your operation to identify opportunities to streamline and reduce costs, determine the capacity of production and how to create investment, and ownership from your workforce to make improvements to the farm.

Introduced to the farming community by the recent book “The Lean Farm” authored by Indiana small farmer, Ben Hartman, lean farming offers an approach to efficiency that focuses on increasing production capacity by changing your processes in all aspects of your operations while maintaining the values and mission of your farm.

Our presenter, Scott Morrison, has worked with other farms throughout the Northeast including Local Hero member, Red Fire Farm. We are excited to bring him back to the Valley to speak to more farmers on the value in lean farming principles.

This workshop is in collaboration with PVGrows, Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (MDAR) Agricultural Business Training Program, and Franklin County Community Development Corporation (FCCDC).

$15 for Local Hero members and non-members.

Part of the Fall CISA Workshop Series.