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Dirt to Soil: One Family's Journey into Regenerative Agriculture

Dirt to Soil: One Family's Journey into Regenerative Agriculture (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Brown, Gabe
By White, Courtney

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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 c...hanges 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 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.
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ISBN 9781603587631
Released NZ 11 Oct 2018
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing Co
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
60 Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days

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ISBN-13 9781603587631
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing Co
Imprint Chelsea Green Publishing Co
Released 11 Oct 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Brown, Gabe
By White, Courtney
Category Sustainability
Agriculture & Farming
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 20mm
Dewey Code 631.58409784
Weight 386g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Organic farming - North Dakota, Integrated agricultural systems - North Dakota
NBS Text Environment & Ecology: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade