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Dirt to Soil

One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture
Written by: Gabe Brown
Narrated by: Gabe Brown
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
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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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excellent!

loved it and had no trouble going through it. almost wished it was longer and had more chapters. thanks Gabe, this will change my farm

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The world needs more Gabe.

Mr Brown has learned through observation and trial and error how to rebuild soil and farm sustainably. The book is incredibly important and gives humanity a shot at redemption from our agricultural sins. Thank you Gabe for sharing this information.

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Amazing

This book gives hope to those who have been told they will never make a living farming. Well written, highly recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-29

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-30

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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  • Phillip
  • 2019-04-22

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
  • Chatham, NJ
  • 2019-04-05

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-29

an excellent book filled with useful information

very informative I bought the paperback version so that I could go through and highlight the portions that I want to reference later

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  • Paul
  • 2019-03-28

If you are into food or food production get this!

That means pretty much all of you. Gabe describes what is wrong with our food production system and how to fix it. It's about growing real food to create healthy people and healthy ecosystems, not about so-called cheap food, which has burdened us with huge costs for poor health and damaged soils.

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  • mark doctor
  • 2019-03-27

very eye-opening

book is very eye-opening thanks for sharing your knowledge it was very informative and educational for a novice

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  • derek Tyree
  • 2019-03-23

I am now a fan of Gabe

Impressive and gives me hope to turn this farm around we just purchased.
Thank you Gabe

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-22

Grate book

This book is for anyone interested regenerative architecture who are also concerned with the physical health of the human race, and the health of our planet.

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  • Kizzy
  • 2019-03-15

A must read!

I can't think of a better book to read for New and Old Farmers alike!