Goshen’s Growers are Green

Published April 2022

Ben Hartman and Rachel Hershberger • Clay Bottom Farm • The Good of Goshen

Ben Hartman, co-owner of Clay Bottom Farm with wife, Rachel, and author of The Lean Farm

Green farming practices are nothing new in Goshen, but their application couldn’t feel forward-looking. Our independent growers innovate in the field to increase yield while reducing their impact on the environment. Their efforts are a combination of closely-held family traditions and a deep understanding of the benefits of sustainable food cultivation.

Clay Bottom Farm’s Ben and Rachel Hartman are among Goshen’s community of growers whose work now extends to educating the wider community regionally and around the world – promoting sustainable farming practices through education and micro-growing initiatives. Hartman’s book, The Lean Farm: How to Minimize Waste, Increase Efficiency and Maximize Value and Profits With Less Work, has helped revolutionize small growing practices around the world.

You can read more about Goshen’s community of green growers and their ongoing commitment to sustainable farming in our Small Farms and Urban Gardens of Goshen series.

Written and edited by Wendy Wilson