Dirt to Soil

Gabe Brown

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As we know from his story, Gabe Brown didn’t set out to change the world when he first started working alongside his father-in-law on the family farm in North Dakota. But as a series of weather-related crop disasters put Brown and his wife, Shelly, in desperate financial straits, they started making bold changes to their farm. Brown―in an effort to simply survive―began experimenting with new practices he’d learned about from reading and talking with innovative researchers and ranchers. As he and his family struggled to keep the farm viable, they found themselves on an amazing journey into a new type of farming: regenerative agriculture.

Brown dropped the use of most of the herbicides, insecticides, and synthetic fertilizers that are a standard part of conventional agriculture. He switched to no-till planting, started planting diverse cover crops mixes, and changed his grazing practices. In so doing Brown transformed a degraded farm ecosystem into one full of life―starting with the soil and working his way up, one plant and one animal at a time.

In Dirt to Soil, Gabe Brown tells the story of that amazing journey and offers a wealth of innovative solutions to our most pressing and complex contemporary agricultural challenge―restoring the soil. The Brown’s Ranch model, developed over two decades of experimentation and refinement, focuses on regenerating resources by continuously enhancing the living biology in the soil. Using regenerative agricultural principles, Brown’s Ranch has grown several inches of new topsoil in only 20 years! The 5,000-acre ranch profitably produces a wide variety of cash crops and cover crops as well as grass-finished beef and lamb, pastured laying hens, broilers, and pastured pork, all marketed directly to consumers.

The key is how we think, Brown says. In the industrial agricultural model, all thoughts are focused on killing things. But that mindset was also killing diversity, soil, and profit, Brown realized. Now he channels his creative thinking toward how he can get more life on the land―more plants, animals, and beneficial insects. “The greatest roadblock to solving a problem,” Brown says, “is the human mind.”

Copyright 2018. Softcover. 224 pages.

 

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PH
10/06/2019
peter h.
Australia Australia

Dirt to Soil

haven't read it yet....but will. Just finished reading Elliots book on All Round Vegies......Cheers

RB
10/02/2019
Rosalie B.
United States United States

Dirt to Soil

It gives hope for the best way to build and save soil. Very pleased!!

SM
08/13/2019
Steve Mann

Dirt to Soil

The book was an entertaining and very informative. I have been farming in North Carolina for around 15 years. After listening to Gabe Brown speak and reading his excellent book I have decided to change to regenerative farming. I would recommend the book to anyone that is looking for a better way to farm.

MM
08/03/2019
Michael M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Dirt to Soil

One of the best books on farming to have been written in many years. Written by a farmer for farmers and a must read.

DZ
05/02/2019
David Z.
Canada

a great read and personal testimony

I have long been intrigued by Gabe Brown, especially the financial success of his transition ro regenerative ag. I want my whole family to read it as we try to follow a similar path but on a much smaller scale.

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