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Dirt to Soil

One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture
De : Gabe Brown
Lu par : Gabe Brown
Durée : 7 h et 44 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 notations)

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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 doing so, 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 20 years of experimentation and refinement, focuses on regenerating resources by continuously enhancing the living biology in the soil. 

Using regenerative agricultural principles, Brown’s 5,000-acre ranch has grown several inches of new topsoil in only 20 years! The key is how we think, Brown says. In the industrial agricultural model, all thoughts are focused on killing things. But that mind-set 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."

©2018 Gabe Brown (P)2018 Chelsea Green Publishing

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Practical and most insightful

Gabe is passionate pragmatic and factual and knowledgeable. In this book, he is lays the foundation for a viable alternative to chemistry-based agriculture. A model he experienced and lived with successfully. Another agricultural model is possible at scale; a more viable alternative is not only desirable it is essential and urgently need. Please read, challenge, apply and promote this book and teachings. We will all be better off.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29/01/2019

loved it.

I hope every farmer, gardener and lawmaker reads it. I think it should probably be required reading in every conservation and agricultural course.
I am almost done listening to it for the 4th time. Gabe Brown should be nominated for Person of the Year on Time Magazine!

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  • 30/01/2019

informative and to-the-point!

I enjoyed listening to this book and my version is full of bookmarks. Thanks Gabe Bown!

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  • 12/05/2019

Everyone would benefit from taking in this book.

This is by far one of the best books I've read so far on soil health.

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  • Ron
  • 11/05/2019

Amazingly Timely

This book changed my perspective on farming! I am hooked on Soil Life!!!! Please read, Study and share!!!

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  • Tamlin Chamberlain
  • 01/05/2019

A must read for anyone interested in regenerative agriculture.

Gabe it does a wonderful job telling his life story while teaching us the fundamentals of regenerative agriculture. Very engaging and entertaining while extremely educational at the same time. He uses his own as well as many others stories illustrate the importance of integrating livestock into agricultural production methods for growing food crops. Gabe’s passion comes through and his “can-do“ attitude is refreshing in today’s climate of negativity and pessimism.

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  • 01/05/2019

Essential

This book is a must read for anyone looking to start a journey into regenerative agriculture. So good.

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  • Mae Ellexson
  • 01/05/2019

Wow!

Very insightful and entertaining! Informative of philosophy and their processes to regenerative farming and pasture to plate marketing.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26/04/2019

A must Read

If you are at all interested in agricultural or our food chain, this book is essential in making an ecological and cultural difference in how we grow food. Rejenurarive farming is the only solution to sustainability and saving our planet.

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  • Phillip
  • 22/04/2019

Great Book

Words of wisdom from a steward of the soil, read by a farmer. Thank you for your work Gabe!

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  • Baz 12345
  • 05/04/2019

Fascinating book on a fascinating topic

I am blown away by how well Gabe Brown captures so many plain truths of regenerative agriculture and more nutritious food in such a short space and in such a fascinating a way. I have read a half dozen books on this topic, and Dirt to Soil is by far the best. It's thrilling to learn so much with one short book, and also to know that so much is in one spot. READ IT!

Chances are, you're already familiar with the topic, if you're reading this review. Even if you're not, read this book! Brown combines his deep life/career experience in farming and improving his soils and products, with knowledge from the hundreds of people he meets, along with academic and field-based literature. He describes how he has built up his farm's soil richness, water retention abilities, extraordinary resilience to drought, resilience to pests, and ultimately the reliability and nutrient density of what he grows. He also describes how he does it VERY PROFITABLY, which means others should adopt his techniques.

Gabe Brown also shows how vital it is to shift toward these these characteristics more broadly. We are still paying a heavy toll for destructive industrial "agriculture," which not only destroys soils and the planet but adds arrays of chemicals to people's bodies. Regenerating the soil -- Gabe Brown explains how he and others are doing it-- restores health to the soil and nutrients to the food as a result.