Lean Management as best practice for horticulture

29 October 2018 - Published by Hein Braaksma
Within the REFRAME-project a seminar was recently arranged that focused on Lean Management and the need to save time in order to find ways to grow in competence and as a business. Target group for sharing this best practice was small scale business in horticulture.

On October 2nd a group of enthusiastic farmers specialized in gardening products came to learn more about tools that makes your workday more efficient. The network of horticulturists had specifically pronounced need for extending their knowledge in productivity and efficiency.

Inspiration from the automotive industry 
There is a lot to gain in being more efficient without cutting costs, Emma Holtz from Research Institutes Sweden explains. Profits will instead of reduced costs be in time for engagement and motivation for you and your colleagues or partners at work. Lean Management is more of an approach than a rationalization tool. Structure helps you to more and more use common sense in daily work. It is of great importance to seek and describe your business core value and fundamental values, she continues. 
5S is a method developed by automotive industry in Japan and its objective is to create structure and remedy at work.

It should be fun to grow vegetables
Recently he launched the book with the title (free translation) “Grow for profit – how to make a living growing vegetables”. Jonas Ringqvist, the inspiratory speaker at the seminar, runs a business growing vegetables by using intensive cultivation. He tells us simple things you can change to save time: keep your utensils in the right places, plan ahead and define your different roles at work. 

To learn and exchange different experiences is a way of sharing best practices. Oskar Lorentzon from Lokalproducerat i Väst states that it’s easy not to see the simple things laying right in front of you. It is also hard to realize that the system I spent a lot of time to build up isn’t working. Visiting other horticulturists within a network is a way of sharing best practices that helps you to take the next step, changing your well-known routines and making new plans. Seeing others having the strength to make changes makes you feel more comfortable making your own. 

Ulrika Åkesson, Agroväst