Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture PDF AZW3 EPUB MOBI TXT Download

“A regenerative no-till pioneer.”―NBC News”We need to reintegrate livestock and crops on our farms and ranches, and Gabe Brown shows us how to do it well.”―Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation”Dirt to Soil is the [regenerative farming] movements’s holy text.”―The ObserverGabe 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 restoring the soil by laying out and explaining his “five principles of soil health,” which are:Limited DisturbanceArmorDiversityLiving RootsIntegrated Animals 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.”See Gabe Brown―author and farmer―in the Netflix documentary Kiss the Ground

Gabe Brown
October 11, 2018
240 pages

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“Dirt to Soil confirms my belief that animals are part of the natural land. We need to reintegrate livestock and crops on our farms and ranches, and Gabe Brown shows us how to do it well.”―Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation“Gabe Brown’s Dirt to Soil could not be more timely, as farmers are beginning to see an increase in costs of the fertilizers and many other inputs they rely on. Gabe provides us with his complete story of how he transitioned to a largely self-renewing and self-regulating (regenerative) farming system. Even though I have been an organic farmer for 40 years, I was amazed at how much I learned from reading Dirt to Soil. I highly recommend it to all farmers and food entrepreneurs, especially anyone interested in anticipating future changes and preparing for them in advance.”―Frederick Kirschenmann, distinguished fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; author of Cultivating an Ecological Conscience“Restoring the productivity of agricultural land is one of the most urgent imperatives of our time. In this landmark book, Gabe Brown explains, step by step, how farmers and ranchers can transform lifeless dirt to healthy topsoil, offering a profound yet elegantly simple blueprint for reversing land degradation across the globe.”―Dr. Christine Jones, soil ecologist; founder of amazingcarbon.com“Civilization was made possible by agriculture developed over the centuries by ordinary people domesticating plants and animals using the emerging biological sciences. Today mainstream agriculture―dominated by monoculture cropping and confined animal feeding―is the most destructive industry ever to evolve. Based on chemistry and marketing of technology, current agricultural practices produce twenty times more dead, eroding soil than food, year after year. In this dangerous time, Gabe Brown’s book comes as a breath of fresh air, showing by example what any farmer who cares enough about the future can do by following sound ecological principles and using common sense and imagination.”―Allan Savory, president, Savory Institute“This book is a must read for anybody who thinks that the ‘Green Revolution’ has been a success. Gabe Brown provides a heartfelt personal account of his journey and awakening to a new perspective on the importance of soil biology and the urgent need for a return to regenerative integrated organic farming methods, not just to feed the world but also to save the ecosystem from imminent disaster.”―Stephanie Seneff, senior research scientist, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory“Dirt to Soil skillfully describes the learning process and rich rewards of perseverance in the conversion from yield-driven farm practices that degrade soils to the regeneration processes that provide pride, productivity, nutrition, health, and sustainability to the basic infrastructure of society―agriculture. The core values of stewardship Gabe Brown describes for managing the agricultural ecology are reinforced by science that links diverse components so they function together to benefit everyone and everything in the dynamic rejuvenation of soils. The principles are exemplified through firsthand experiences that not only explain what, why, and how things need to change, but also provide the motivation to start doing them. The book provides hope that nutrition and health can be guiding principles in food production for successive generations to displace the ‘Band-Aid’ interventions adopted by the past two generations that have resulted in serious, unintended negative consequences.”―Don M. Huber, emeritus professor of plant pathology, Purdue University“Gabe Brown’s dirt-to-soil story is an inspiring example of how land can flourish when a farmer tunes out the textbooks and chemical purveyors and starts listening to nature. Brown has become a folk hero in regenerative agriculture circles, and this book delivers his trademark candor and ability to cut through myth, jargon, and generations of bad advice to reveal essential dynamics of how farm ecosystems work. By keeping it real, this practical, spirited, and timely book can help spark an agricultural shift from conventional wisdom to common sense.”―Judith D. Schwartz, author of Cows Save the Planet and Water in Plain Sight“After hearing a presentation by Gabe Brown, many people picture Brown’s Ranch in North Dakota as some sort of Xanadu where nothing goes wrong. This book provides a realistic perspective on Gabe’s struggles in a challenging environment. Gabe and his family didn’t let the challenges defeat them; they viewed them as opportunities to learn and innovate. This determination has made Gabe one of the leaders in the movement to regenerate soils. He has also helped to push, pull, and drag science toward finding solutions to solve our current farm and food crises. Farmers and ranchers like Gabe Brown and the others whose stories are told in Dirt to Soil are addressing the critical need to develop resilient systems that provide abundant, nutrient-dense food on regenerated soils that efficiently cycle nutrients and water through diverse biological communities.”―Kris Nichols, PhD, soil microbiologist, KRIS Systems Education and Consultation“Gabe Brown’s story is a journey of hope and freedom for all those who care about food, health, and the earth. His passion to heal the land and serve others has shaken the foundations of the industrial agriculture model. The industrial agriculture complex is an insatiable furnace of consumption that devours soil, leaves farm families destitute, and impoverishes rural communities―ultimately destroying nations. Who would have thought that a North Dakota rancher would lead the regenerative agriculture revolution, a campaign that shows us a new way of growing nutritious food―food that is medicine and that nurtures and honors all of creation. Because of Gabe Brown, I have hope for the future of agriculture. Dirt to Soil is a must read!”―Ray Archuleta, “The Soil Guy,” retired USDA/NRCS soil health specialist“If you have interest in your health or saving the earth or eating food that tastes the way food should, you have heard a lot recently about regenerative farming. There are dozens (or hundreds) of self-proclaimed experts on the subject. Here is what I know: Gabe Brown is the Real Deal. He has done more than anyone to bridge the gap between research scientists and practicing farmers. His understanding of how to put the science of soil regeneration into practice is unsurpassed. Dirt to Soil should be required reading for every industrial farmer on the face of the earth.”―Will Harris, White Oak Pastures, Bluffton, Georgia“Dirt to Soil is the perfect title for this new book from Gabe Brown. It is an apt metaphor to describe the Brown family’s escape, through intelligence and determination, from their entrapment in an agricultural model that has failed economically, ecologically, and as a source of quality of life for the family. Their accomplishment stems from their realization that long-term success is possible only when all parts of the soil-plant-animal-wealth-human complex we call a farm/ranch are nurtured simultaneously. The Browns understand that agriculture must be about promoting life. It must be regenerative.”―Walt Davis, author of How to Not Go Broke Ranching“I can no longer drive by a farm without wanting to get out of the car and start planting cover crops. Dirt to Soil is an entertaining, illuminating read that will change the way people think about agriculture.”―Mark Schatzker, author of The Dorito Effect“There is growing awareness that industrialized agricultural methods are doing considerable damage to our soil, farms, and planet. The way we farm needs to change, and Dirt to Soil is about to transform the way agriculture is practiced around the world. This book is filled with excellent advice on how to farm by following Mother Nature’s guidance, seasoned with Gabe’s great sense of humor and humility.”―Colin Seis, agricultural management consultant; owner of Winona, New South Wales, Australia“Reading Dirt to Soil is like having a personal conversation with Gabe Brown about the changes he witnessed as he put regenerative practices into place on Brown’s Ranch. Most important is his clear message about capturing the value of his system by marketing directly to the consumer. In Gabe’s words, he ‘prefers to sign the back of the check, not the front.’”―Dwayne Beck, PhD, manager, Dakota Lakes Research Farm; professor of plant science, South Dakota State University“Civilization after civilization plowed itself out of prosperity by degrading the soil. Gabe Brown’s inspiring story shows why regenerative farming to rebuild healthy, fertile soil is not just an academic theory―it’s already been done on farms like his.”―David R. Montgomery, author of Dirt and Growing a Revolution“Dirt to Soil is an inspiration! Gabe Brown offers a proven model that will help other farmers improve their soils and our planet. More and more growers are starting to realize that they must be soil farmers first and foremost. Gabe helps us imagine what the health of our planet would look like and how the profitability of farms, both large and small, would improve if all of us shift the way we practice agriculture. His message to mimic nature rather than trying to fight against her resonates with everyone who cares about the quality of our food and our future.”―Todd Colehour, founder, Williams and Graham and Tribe Market About the Author Gabe Brown is a pioneer of the soil-health movement and has been named one of the twenty-five most influential agricultural leaders in the United States. Brown, his wife, Shelly, and son, Paul, own Brown’s Ranch, a holistic, diversified 5,000-acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, North Dakota. The Browns integrate their grazing and no-till cropping systems, which include cash crops and multi-species cover crops along with all-natural, grass-finished beef and lamb, pastured pork, and laying hens. The Brown family has received a Growing Green Award from the Natural Resources Defense Council, an Environmental Stewardship Award from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and the USA Zero-Till Farmer of the Year Award. <div id="

  • I was familiar with Gabe Brown already and was excited that he finally got a book deal. I had watched many of his presentations on YouTube, but you can only get so much of his story out of that.The first half of the book gives a detailed background of his farm story and why he changed his farming management strategy.The second half of the book discusses his 5 principles of soil health with plenty of references to experts in the field and other farmers in the soil health realm.
  • This is an easy-to-read story and guide for anyone wanting to know more about organic gardening, both for consumers wanting to understand the benefit of buying organic fruits and vegetables at the grocer’s, and for farmers interested in learning how to make a profit. Author Gabe Brown willingly shares his knowledge and tells the story of how he and his family weathered hard times before starting down the path to both healthy and sustainable crops, i.e., regenerative agriculture. But, as he likes to point out, his initial four years of financial disaster were what ultimately helped him to see the overall picture and start learning what would and would not work on a farm for him, his family, and his son who inherited his dad’s love of farming.Brown learned from other farmers who were also experimenting and, like him, had ‘learned the hard way’. He consulted scientists and specialists. He read voraciously. He didn’t have any trouble raising cattle, but the dirt on his farm was unhealthy, had few worms, and there were plenty of other indicators that he needed to make a change from traditional farming methods. He ultimately learned to plant cover crops, saw that tilling dried out the soil, became adept at pasture management, realized the value of planting multiple species of forage crops similar to the varied plants living in harmony on the plains, and that fertilizing naturally instead of using synthetic was the way to go. Over time he stopped using herbicides and insecticides and found his fields were producing more and healthier foods. With his son, they expanded to additional animals, such as chickens and pigs, and to more diverse cultivation, such as fruit trees and bees. He explains, in layman’s terms, holistic management, bale grazing, and the value and roles of carbon and mycorrhizae. The color pictures in the center of the book tell the story as well.Ironically, when Brown’s son attended college, he was surprised to see that his professors were still espousing traditional methods. Brown has realized he can play an active role in educating farmers interested in learning about a healthy ecosystem for a farm. He travels and gives presentations and his farm hosts internships yearly.
  • Allan nation once said most people only read one book after high school. That was me than 15 years ago I got into organic grass fed dairying. Now I read 12 to15 books per year. Gabe Brown wrote the best book I have ever read. He mentioned every person I follow and several of the books I have read. I have had a problem with mob grazing, especially with dairy farming. He convinces me it is a must do next Summer. I always thought he was a Joel Salatin copy cat maybe so but he is very good and he has convinced me I must own a no till drill and never, never till again. The neighbors think I am different now wait til they start drooling over rich black soil with nutrient dense crops.
  • Talk about leading by example. I saw one of Gabe Browns talks online and it really grabbed my attention that’s why I purchased the book. The book is a good read with a handful of good quality pictures. It’s divided into two parts, the journey and the big picture. I won’t give more info about the content of the book in hopes that anyone reading this will purchase it to find out for them selves but it really is a great read for anyone that is interested in agriculture. I would also recommend that anyone that is interested in live stock and agriculture without the use of synthetic chemicals look up Andre Marcel Voisin’s 4 laws of rational grazing which he developed in the 1950’s
  • So happy I pre-ordered this book. It was better than I expected. If you read this with an open mind and don’t immediately start rethinking the way you farm, ranch, garden, or buy groceries, you need to read it again. In fact, you’ll want to read it again anyway. It was that good!
  • This book seems to have become a must read for anyone wanting to practice no-till and improve their soil. Having practiced some occasional no-till drilling in the last 30 years in Autumn 2018 I started to practice the technique more widely across my farming. One part of the technique I know I need to expand my knowledge is the use of cover crops and there is a good chunk of text about cover crops. However the book is a much wider read about how the author came to farm the way he does today and how he has developed a diversified vertically integrated business he has today. There are lessons in that for all farmers. I particularly enjoyed the part about working with interns, or what we would call harvest students, and the things that they manage to do through lack of experience and perhaps some misunderstanding just like we get at home sometimes. Also some useful thoughts on succession planning. Overall an enjoyable read full of useful information, just got to work out how to apply it to my own situation.
  • I read a lot of books but review very fewThis is an absolutely cracking book about farming and opening your eyes to possibilities…Way too many farmers do exactly what their grandfathers did, without sitting back and saying “is this a good idea”?He’s turned the soil around but more importantly turned the business around too, there is little point in doing stuff that isn’t profitable …..It was depressing he could drive 650 miles and see only one farmer doing something different, and they were all following a failing pattern,
  • I bought this book after it was recommended by Charlie Burrell on one of the Knepp Rewilding YouTube videos. It didn’t let him down. What Gabe Brown has achieved by working with nature instead of against it is pretty remarkable. The oil/chemical companies would have us believe that the world will end without us pouring their products into the soil as fast as they can be made, when in fact the polar opposite is true!! Where have we heard this before? Anyone remember the suppressed Exxon report into Global Warming? If the governments of the world would make lobbying illegal, then maybe renewable agriculture would have a much higher chance of near total acceptance. However, at the moment the various politicians in the food chain stand to lose way to much “backing” if they were to ban or severely limit use of so many external inputs into farming.One of the most eye opening things to come out of this book is that a carrot is not the same as another carrot. That their nutritional content can be so vastly different depending upon how and where it is grown, even if it is the same variety. It makes sense when you think about it, but I would bet that 99% of people don’t realise this and are happily pumping their children full of tainted vegetables that are quite possibly doing more harm than good.One negative that I noticed in this book is right at the end, in the conclusion section. Gabe spends the entire book giving evidence and expertise as to why his methods work, what other people can do and to achieve similar outcomes. I am completely bought into his talent as a farmer, and as someone who understands what he is doing. Then he goes and says something totally ridiculous by saying that it’s god that did it and then he thanks an imaginary being. Barking mad. He’s just spent most of his adult life being a very inquisitive and experimental person, then explains that his invisible best friend is responsible. When will people simply accept that they are responsible for their own greatness. Not some ancient mythical nonsense.
  • Soil. It’s what it’s all about. Gabe Brown tells his story of leaving behind unprofitable conventional farming and then experimenting and succeeding with Regenerative ideas to improve soil health (building nutrients, microbes and fungi), cutting out artificial fertilisers, pesticides etc (saving big expense) to end up with a profitable resilient enterprise. Inspiring stuff for farmers struggling with the “same old same old” relying on Govt handouts to pay the bills: they just need to be willing to give it a try. Buy it now!!
  • The first half of the book is a dramatic tale about the struggle to change a destructive way of treating the soil – to a wonderful productive and in all ways enriching business. The second half is more informative in technical details.
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