GA 129 | How to Apply Lean to Agriculture with Jeff Duarte

By Jessica Bush Updated on September 21st, 2016

Today’s guest is Jeff Duarte, of Duarte Nursery. Located in Hughson, California, Ron and Jeff discussed Duarte Nursery’s lean journey and what they’ve learned so far. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Jeff’s background (3:40)
  • The quote that inspires Jeff (4:58)
  • About the nursery business (6:37)
  • How Jeff first heard about lean (8:27)
  • What Jeff and his team did first (10:26)
  • How else Duarte Nursery has applied lean (13:47)
  • The advice Jeff would give his past self (16:58)
  • What Jeff is most proud of regarding his lean journey (18:54)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Jeff (22:02)
  • The best advice Jeff has ever received (23:45)
  • Jeff’s personal productivity habit (26:02)
  • What has surprised Jeff in the last year (26:59)
  • How Jeff recharges and refocuses (28:37)
  • The skill or knowledge area Jeff feels he needs to improve (29:46)

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