newBookLeanFarmFrom Alicia and Bert Batson – Farming Friends, Bert’s nephew, Ben Hartman who operates Clay Bottom Farm along with his wife, Rachel, in Goshen, IN, has written a book on successful small, organic farming published by Chelsea Green, a sustainable living publisher.

Ben and Rachel started farming out of college, bought land and have had a successful go of it. It has been a joy watching them these past 10 years and we marvel at their operation when we visit. I haven’t read the book yet, but knowing them both and knowing how successful they have been, I believe it must have a lot of financial and growing wisdom in it.

“Clay Bottom Farm is a gem of a place in northern Indiana, where we are repeatedly told that you need a thousand acres to make a living as a farmer. Ben Hartman and his wife Rachel disprove this ‘conventional wisdom’ every day by managing a thriving farm business, not on a thousand acres, but on just one. In The Lean Farm, Ben explains how their elegant approach can be applied by anyone. His writing, like his farm, is clean, well organized, and easy to follow—but his ideas are revolutionary. The Lean Farm is one of the most original and innovative books on food and farming to come out in the last decade.” –Steve Hallett, Professor of Horticulture, Purdue University, and author of Life without Oil and The Efficiency Trap

You can pre-order a copy on Amazon HERE

Apparently, the more books which are pre-ordered, the better online publicity and SEO his book will have via Amazon’s magic wand…..

Feel free to share this email with anyone. There are a lot of growers out there now whom I don’t necessarily know. I think anyone who is really trying to “make it” in small farming could benefit from reading it.

Hope you all have a great growing season !!
Alicia and Bert