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Lean Leader Course Launches in February

Registration is now open for the 2023 Lean Leader Course, a program to equip individuals to help lead a nursery/greenhouse transformation. The series begins in-person February 9.

The Lean Leader Course consists of four dynamic in-person workshops, on-site tours, and hands-on assignments to develop Lean and Leadership skills. Graduates improve their communication, get better results from their team, and adopt powerful tools to reduce waste in their organizations. 

“I was blown away with everything I learned,” said Stacia Lynde, Propagation Manager with Bailey Nurseries’ Dayton site. “And what a great group of people to network with! The future is bright in our industry knowing they are a part of it. Thank you for everything you taught us. What an experience. I’m a much better manager because of this course!”

Participants will join other business leaders on hosted tours of companies well into their Lean transformation. Students will see Lean concepts in action, such as standard work, visual controls, one-piece flow, and more, then participate in discussions immediately afterward for insight and application.

“This course gave me the best framework to make effective improvements,” said Elizabeth Brentano, Robinson Nursery Potting Line Manager. “I learned a thorough approach to change and gained the tools to communicate effectively with others in the company.”

In-class sessions begin on Thursday, February 9 and will be held at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, 29751 SW Town Center Loop West in Wilsonville, Oregon.

For more information and to register, contact Elizabeth Peters, 503-250-2235 or epeters@petersco.net. Details are available online here, or click here to download the brochure.

Lean Presentations from 2022 Farwest Show

Several nursery-industry Lean practitioners shared their knowledge at the Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon August 25, 2022. We’re sharing their presentations as a courtesy to attendees, and those unable to participate.

(PANEL) Simple Improvement Projects Every Business Should Take On This Year

Case Study: Applying Lean Principles to Pulling Orders at JLPN (Spanish Only)

Aplicando Los Principios de Lean enExtracion de Ordenes

Lean Practitioners Share Their Knowledge at the 2022 Farwest Show

Don’t miss your chance to learn about Lean directly from top nursery growers and practitioners in horticulture! Farwest 2022, the “biggest green industry show in the Western U.S.” is August 24 – 26 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

Here are three opportunities to learn how Lean can have a big impact on your business (click on each title for details):

(PANEL) Simple Improvement Projects Every Business Should Take On This Year

Lean has transformed green industry companies here in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve assembled a group of Oregon’s most effective nursery, greenhouse and garden center leaders who have applied Lean thinking to their businesses. They will share Lean-based, simple improvement projects that you can apply to your organization. Come and glean wisdom from these outstanding leaders, and bring your questions for the Q&A session afterward. Moderated by Elizabeth Peters, Vice President, The Peters Company.

Mark Bigej, Chief of Operations, Al’s Garden & Home
John Lewis, Owner, JLPN
Chris Robinson, Nursery Manager, Robinson Nursery
Ben Verhoeven, President, Peoria Gardens

Measuring for Change—the Lean Way!

“In God we trust. All others must bring data.” This quote by W. Edwards Deming refers to the significance of data measurement in doing business. This seminar answers questions like: How do we choose what to measure? Which metrics give us the best prospect of achieving our goals? How can we use data to manage and motivate labor effectively — and how do we use all this information to improve our business? This seminar looks at measures for different levels of a company. It offers an approach to implementing metrics and common pitfalls to avoid. Measurements drive behavior. What is driving your business? Presented by Rick and Elizabeth Peters, The Peters Company. 

SPANISH ONLY – Case Study: Applying Lean Principles to Pulling Orders at JLPN

In February 2022, JLPN hosted a rapid improvement event focused on its process of pulling customer orders. Learn how the team applied Lean principles to reduce motion and defects and increase productivity while improving communication and teamwork in their order pulling process. Presented by Carlos Vergara, Lean Manager, JLPN.

Visit https://farwestshow.com for complete information. Hope to see you there!

Click here to register now

Is Going Lean the Antidote for Your Labor Shortage?

These days, labor shortages top the list of daily challenges for just about every green business in the U.S. and Canada. But Chris Robinson says his company has not only won the struggle but is becoming an industry leader by centering its efforts on creating both lean production processes and a lean working culture.

In this story by Greenhouse Grower magazine, business leaders share why Lean is “a big advantage to growers who are having trouble finding labor.”