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19 Mar, 2015 11:16 AM


This is Ben Hartman at Clay Bottom Farm. I would like to sign up a returning member from 2014--Bill and Vicki Morton--for the new 2015 season by entering their info manually. The reason is that they would like 3 vacation holds for the coming season and I would like to enter those myself. Can you guide me on the process here. Thank you!


  1. 1 Posted by qroth on 19 Mar, 2015 12:47 PM

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    Hi Ben:

    Easiest way to do this is to just look up their membership in the control panel. If you are administering the new season, when you get to their membership there will be a yellow alert box on that page saying something like "This member is not signed up for this current season, would you like to add them?" From that box you can then just sign them up for the proper types and pickup location.

    Once they are all signed up, you can then go in and add their vacation days. Remember - if you haven't switched over your Holds&Changes season in the control panel yet, you should do this before entering these vacations. Go to - Member Assembler --> Holds&Changes --> Holds Settings and make sure all the settings are up to date.

    Then if they wish to pay by credit card, you can just send them a link to the make a payment page: http://claybottomfarm.csasignup.com/members/pay

    Let us know if you have any questions.

    Q Roth
    Farmer Support

  2. qroth closed this discussion on 19 Mar, 2015 12:47 PM.

  3. Ben Hartman re-opened this discussion on 19 Mar, 2015 01:34 PM

  4. 2 Posted by Ben Hartman on 19 Mar, 2015 01:34 PM

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    Thanks Q, got it!

  5. qroth closed this discussion on 19 Mar, 2015 04:06 PM.

  6. Clay Bottom Farm re-opened this discussion on 05 Aug, 2015 12:23 AM

  7. 3 Posted by Clay Bottom Far... on 05 Aug, 2015 12:23 AM

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    Hello friends,

    I wrote a book last year! It’s called *The Lean Farm* and I’m writing to
    let you know so you can buy it and/or spread the word. The book will be out
    in early September. The book tells stories from our farm, explains our
    farming system, and includes dozens of hand-drawn illustrations and
    full-color photos.

    *I would appreciate your help to get this literary enterprise off the
    ground. According to my publisher, Chelsea Green, pre-orders on Amazon—and
    reader reviews—help a lot. To get to the book’s Amazon page, click on this
    link: **The Lean Farm on Amazon*
    <http://www.amazon.com/The-Lean-Farm-Minimize-Efficiency/dp/1603585923>*. *You
    can also pre-order through Barnes and Noble
    , Chelsea Green <http://www.chelseagreen.com/the-lean-farm>, Indie Bound
    <http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781603585927>, or Better World Books (in
    Goshen) <https://www.facebook.com/betterworldbooksgoshen>.

    Another way you could help is to share about the book with friends and
    colleagues you think might be interested. One simple way would be to copy
    and paste the Amazon link above into a Facebook post.

    Thank you!

    Ben Hartman

    Clay Bottom Farm
    11434 County Rd 34
    Goshen, IN 46528


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  9. claybottomfarm re-opened this discussion on 06 Jun, 2018 02:58 PM

  10. 4 Posted by claybottomfarm on 06 Jun, 2018 02:58 PM

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    3 Upcoming Learning Opportunities


    In 2011, a CSA customer of ours emailed my wife Rachel and I and offered to introduce us to the lean system, a Japanese invention to cut out waste and boost profits with less work.

    We weren't so sure. Does a factory system belong on a farm?

    Our farm, admittedly, was a bit chaotic—we were finding markets, trying new crops, and we’d bought way too many tools. So we decided to give lean a try--and the result is that we quickly increased our profits and our workload became sane.

    I told this story in my books, The Lean Farm and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables. Now I am fleshing out the books, and going beyond them, through new teaching venues coming up this year.

    1. Online courses. On October 15, I’ll release a video- and webinar-based online course, many months in the making, for any type of farmer, not just veg growers. There is a special promo through July for early sign ups. Rachel is filming and helping with production, and we’re also partnering with Diego Footer at Permaculture Voices (https://www.permaculturevoices.com/) . The courses are unique because they focus on lean thinking while also being comprehensive, offering cutting edge info on growing techniques. For more information, click here. (http://www.claybottomfarm.com)

    2. A lean farm start-up workshop on our farm, Sept. 7-8, 2018. If you are starting a farm you are entering a risky career and putting a lot on the line. This workshop will help you start right and minimize risk. I’ll show you how we designed our new farm and barn-house from the ground up on our brand new farm in Goshen, Indiana. Click here for info. (http://www.claybottomfarm.com)

    3. A week-long "Market Farming 101" training with Ray Tyler in Selmer Tennessee, Oct. 22-26, 2018. I’ll return to Rose Creek Farms (http://rosecreekfarms.net/) this year for the most in-depth training I’ve ever offered. Enjoy southern culture, a beautiful farm, a relaxing time, and intensive learning, all wrapped up in one. More info here. (http://www.claybottomfarm.com)

    I trust you are well and as excited as I am to get back to the garden.

    All the beets :)

    Ben Hartman

    A photo I took of our farm this morning....

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  12. claybottomfarm re-opened this discussion on 12 Jul, 2018 10:04 AM

  13. 5 Posted by claybottomfarm on 12 Jul, 2018 10:04 AM

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    Sign up this week and receive 50% off online course

    Special offer for Sept 7-8 workshop


    Construction on our new farm is nearly finished, and Rachel and I are excited to see our vision turned into three-dimensional reality. The journey has not been perfectly smooth. The weather this winter and spring (including a rare flood here in Goshen) made it difficult and sometimes impossible make progress, and contractors are invariably busy and behind schedule. But still, we are already seeing how lean design from the ground up is making our work smoother.

    Here are three principles we used in our design:

    1. Minimize moves. In fresh market farming, handling and transportation is everything. We’ve set up our new farm with short lines of work so that we spend more time growing food and less time walking around. The greenhouse and field plots are less than 100 feet from the processing area. Our propagation house is attached to our house. By moving to town, we are now within 1.5 miles of all of our customers. All these changes are already paying off.

    2. Simplify. Our old farm featured 11 buildings, among them 4 greenhouses, a gas house, and an outhouse. That meant 11 roofs to worry about, 11 structures in constant need of repair, and lot of walls losing heat in the winter.
    On our new farm, we wondered, could we pair down to just 3—a well-insulated barnhouse, one large greenhouse, and a storage shed? Most of our spaces now share walls, heaters, hot water heaters, pumps, etc., and the farm is much simpler.

    3. Set up for quickly changing what we do. The local food scene is quickly changing, with new customer tastes and shifts in the amount of service with need to provide. We wanted a farm that can change, too. So we designed our greenhouse so that it can support a wide range of crops, we switched to using a Korean seeder that is more flexible, and we redesigned our packing station to be more flexible, too.

    We invite you join us this Sept. 7-8 for a two-day workshop about lean farm design. While geared to farmers, really anyone designing workspaces could benefit. We will go into detail on the principles behind our design, and on our irrigation system, propagation house, ventilation systems, barnhouse design, solar system, tool selection, and more. For new farmers, this is a chance to see a model of a quick, lean start-up. For experienced growers, you’ll come away with inspiration and ideas for your existing farm. And we plan to learn from all of you, too!

    Here’s a special offer. Sign up by Aug. 1 for the Sept. 7-8 lean farm design workshop and we will give you a half-price coupon for our online-course, available October 15--a value of up to $500. Here’s a link to learn more. (http://claybottomfarm.com/buy/lean-farm-design)

    Hope to see you soon!

    Ben Hartman

    Here's a recent picture from the kale patch with our barn-house in the background:

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