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Corporate & Community Education

Food Farms & Gardens

local foods alliance monthly potluck and meeting

Enjoy great local food and great conversations about actions to support local farms and food producers.

Cost: Free -- No Reservations Required

2nd Wednesday of each month. Locations vary.


Lean Agriculture

Lean principles can be applied to almost every system. The focus is on making improvements every day and trying to eliminate waste. Over time, these principles have shown solid massive benefits to the product outcome of any business, including agriculture. Come and hear real-life current examples of lean agriculture from a local farmer. Trainings are led by Wendy Babcock, Serendipity Farms Owner and Lynn Turner, Corporate Educator and Business Owner.

These workshops are free and open to the public.  All are from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in Room 536 of the Student and Community Resource Center.

Introduction to Lean Agriculture on Monday, April 8, will focus on the benefits of "lean" and how using these business strategies can provide a real impact to a bottom line. This session looks at the strategy of 5S —How to improve ways individuals work and begin to change the view of work to constant improvement.  To register, click here.

The Waste in Farming and the Lean Approach on Wednesday, April 10 looks at "lean" waste. Learn about the eight specific types of waste during processes along with ideas to reduce them. This workshop helps people understand what creates waste in individual processes and begin to get rid of it. To register, click here.

The Lean Kaizen Approach on Friday, April 12 is all about making positive change and constant improvement. These skills provide an approach to discovery and a sharing of ideas and improvements. Participants can make their operations run more consistently (given all the variables of farming) and build their plan to improve the bottom line. To register, click here.


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North Central's Farm Workshops are presented in collaboration with Crosshatch and the USDA Risk Management Agency.

An Equal Opportunity Program/Service Provider.