Lean practitioners share their knowledge at the 2022 farwest show

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): Simple improvement projects every business should take on this year.

Lean has transformed green industry companies here in the Pacific Northwest. 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. 

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.

Click here to register. 

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