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Dirt to soil : one family's journey into regenerative agriculture  Cover Image Book Book

Dirt to soil : one family's journey into regenerative agriculture / Gabe Brown.

Brown, Gabe, (author.).


"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 crop 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 and co-writer Courtney White tell the story of that amazing journey and offer a wealth of innovative solutions to our most pressing and complex contemporary agricultural challenge: restoring the soil. The Brown's Ranch model, developed over twenty years 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 twenty 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"--Publisher description.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781603587631
  • ISBN: 1603587632
  • Physical Description: xii, 223 pages, 16 pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, [2018]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Lessons learned the hard way -- Regenerating the ecosystem -- Regenerative revelations -- Rethinking our livestock focus -- The next generation, building for the future -- Nourished by nature -- The five principles of soil health -- Growing biological primers -- Will it work on your farm? -- Profit, not yield.
Subject: Organic farming > North Dakota.
Organic farming > Case studies.
Integrated agricultural systems > North Dakota.
Integrated agricultural systems > Case studies.
Agriculture biologique > Dakota du Nord.
Agriculture biologique > Études de cas.
Systèmes agricoles intégrés > Dakota du Nord.
Systèmes agricoles intégrés > Études de cas.
Integrated agricultural systems.
Organic farming.
North Dakota.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING > Agriculture > General.
Genre: Case studies.
Case studies.

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