This month, our focus turns to the health of our soil – how to understand it, improve it, manage and maintain it.
Here is a list of resources related to whatever you need to learn most about soil health, from free articles to our most recent issue of Acres U.S.A. magazine.
Best Books on Soil Health
The good news is – there are hundreds of titles on soil health! Each region’s soil is different, but there are some basic elements that will be the same everywhere. Here’s a list of bestselling healthy soil books from our Soils Collection at the Acres U.S.A. Bookstore:
- Growing Life: Regenerating Ranching and Farming by André Leu
- The Biological Farmer by Gary Zimmer
- Dirt to Soil by Gabe Brown
- Albrecht on Soil Balancing, Vol. IV by William A. Albrecht
- For the Love of Soil by Nicole Masters
Great news this month! The August “Healthy Soil” Book Sale features deep discounts on items throughout the Acres U.S.A. Bookstore. That means:
- Books starting at 30% off
- Select DVD Collection items at 75% off
- Past issues of Acres U.S.A. magazine issues at 50% off
Take some time to browse the Acres U.S.A. Bookstore this month and find the right titles on soil health – as well as farm management, livestock, healthy food, and more!
Free Articles on Soil Health
Our EcoFarmingDaily.com website is a free resource for all kinds of in-depth articles, interviews and how-to’s on regenerative agriculture. Here are a few popular articles focused on healthy soils:
- Soil Restoration: 5 Core Principles by Dr. Christine Jones
- Humic Acid: The Science of Humus and How it Benefits Soil by Michael Martin Meléndrez
- Soil Fertility : 16 Methods to Understand by Hugh Lovel
- How to Produce Compost on a Large Scale by Malcolm Beck
- Find hundreds more articles in the Build Soil section of the Eco-Farming Daily website
Learn in Person
What better way to learn about soil health than to walk through a regenerative farmer’s fields? That’s exactly what attendees of the 2022 On-Farm Intensive event will be doing this Aug. 22-23. Gary Zimmer and his daughter Leilani Zimmer Durand will share their decades of experience growing regeneratively and biologically while walking attendees through their fields at Otter Creek Organic Farm in Lone Rock, Wisconsin.
From fertilizer bays to in-field compost mixing to carbon storage to soil testing, they will demonstrate the parts of their growing system that have made their farm a showpiece for how to adapt in today’s rapidly changing agriculture industry. Plus, attendees will walk a new 180-acre property they are just starting to transition to regenerative practices, and learn from special guests they bring in every year.
On-Farm Intensive with Zimmer Ag
Aug. 22-23, 2022
Lone Rock, Wisconsin
Learn more at OnFarm.AcresUSA.com.
If your August is already booked, then be sure to save the date for the 2022 Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show! This is Acres U.S.A.’s biggest event of the year, and has been running for over four decades. Every year, we set a new standard for innovative and practical learning in modern agriculture.
Attend the event to learn from top-notch speakers about tactics that build soil biology, balance chemistry, improve structure and integrate biodiversity like livestock, companion crops and cover crops.
2022 Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show
Dec. 5-8, 2022
Covington, KY (near Cincinnati, OH)
Learn more at EcoAg.AcresUSA.com.
Read the August 2022 issue
The August 2022 issue of Acres U.S.A. magazine deals with the theme of healthy soils, with a number of in-depth and educational articles, including:
Regenerating Soil with Betsy Ross
BY DENNIS PERZ
How we learned to grow pecans together.
Soil Conditioning for Vegetable Production
BY AARON WEAVER
How to recreate an old pasture field… without cattle or horses.
An Introduction to Humus Compost
BY EDWIN BLOSSER
Humus compost is a tool for profitable farming.
…. AND MORE!
Buy the print version of August 2022 here, the digital version here, or subscribe here to get the magazine delivered to you monthly.
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