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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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A very important book!

This is an amazing book: yes you CAN make great money farming WITHOUT chemicals and expensive fertilizers. Stop tilling your fields, use cover crops and diversify. The biology in the soil is critical; that's what creates great soil. Stop nuking your soils with poisons.

Farm like Gabe Brown and forget about Monsanto (now Bayer) poisons. Concentrate on profits, not yields.

Too bad this book is too late for Argentinian farmer Fabian Tomasi who died after crop dusting for years with Monsanto's chemicals. I dedicate this review to his memory. There was a better way, Fabian. Gabe Brown proves it.

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Full of real and practical ideas.

Beyond a doubt the best book I have read/listened to. Real ideas that are of great help no matter where you live. It is not a technical scrib, it lays it all out in simple terms. Several changes I am going to make spring 2019, buy a soil temperature meter, mix a more diverse cover crop get soil tests that include carbon amounts in soil.

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Well done

A great deal of information, all of which is presented in a genuine, believable story.

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Inspirational, educational and timely

Whether your a Gardner, hobby farmer, small or large scale producer, or a consumer, this book is a must read. I listened to Gabe tell his story during my daily commute to work. I also purchased the book to be sure to extract, learn and apply his approach to holistic regenerative farming on my 54.5 acres on top of a hill in the lake region in of NH. Thank you Gabe for your transparent and insight into this critically and timely topic.

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If you are into soil, you'll love it.

I have a thing for soil so this was a great listen and l like hearing the story of people who are also on a journey of learning how to regenerate the soil. I learned a lot.

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A great story, and an even more important message. This book is a testament to how amazing and profitable regenerative agriculture is, as well as how much consumers seek nutrient dense foods and transparent means of production.