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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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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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I am a fifth generation farmer in New Mexico and I am going for it. Mainly a cattle operation with grazing. Can’t wait to go on this adventure

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Good knowledge

I think this book gives good knowledge from his experience. It is very motivating. It does NOT give you the formula for you to do it though, you need to research afterwards. That is why I gave it 4 stars.

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Must read if you grow food!

Dirt to Soil is a book every farmer, ranchers, grower, gardener, extension agent and NRCS employee should read. In fact if you eat food you should read this book. You will gain a better understanding of food and nutrition. Plus gain a much larger respect for agriculture and the soil microbes that you and your health is dependent upon if you eat food! I teach school and believe that the book should be getting read in middle school so all students can gain knowledge about the future of agriculture and our food production system.

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Everyone should know this information

This book can and will actually change your life if you take action with the practices described. I have been doing regenerative agriculture for 7 years and can see major changes in soil health.
I have been to the authors ranch and met him. The information is legitimate and the authenticity is real. What a great book!

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Happy to hear someone is doing something

The author is the narrator, he has and accent and unusual reading style. To be honest I almost stopped listening in the first few minutes. I'm glad that I didnt. If your interested in farming with the help of nature instead of against it, you need to listen to what this man has to teach you!

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Inspiring

If you’re looking for a different (better) way to do things this may be your saving grace. If someone is telling you there is only one way to do something and all the while they are profiting from you doing it that way, chances are they are either lying to you or are uninformed about alternatives. There is more than one way to skin a cat, and if you look hard enough you’ll find in most cases the “cat” didn’t need to be skinned in the first place.

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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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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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Great story and insight

If you’re a newbie like me though you’ll have to do a lots of supplemental reading in order to truly learn the lessons

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  • 06-05-19

Thought provoking and unexpectedly emotional

As a farmer I found this book challenging but inspirating and emotional as I reflect how the Gabe's early story reflects my early experiences of conventional farming.

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  • 05-23-19

A survival ESSENTIAL!

Gabe with his fresh eyes, fresh insight & razor sharp intellect & observations, shows the way not simply to “food” production, but way more important, nutrition production.
In doing so Gabe gives us back our sustainable world & balance of nature. This man & his family are modern day agricultural heroes. A must read & “digest” kinda book.

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  • 12-30-18

outstanding

A wonderful audio book, that could help to save the Earth and our species, truly nspirational and illuminating

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  • peter sordy
  • 03-31-22

Essential

For a new entry to agriculture, Essential ! Thanks Gabe.

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(cattle/sheep Farmer Northumberland England)

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  • HelenC
  • 03-07-22

Every farmer in every land should read this book

This book is beautiful, informative, inspirational, moving and educational. Simply wonderful book and I shall listen to it again to take notes. And probably again and again....

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  • glen wright
  • 02-13-22

Inspiring and extremely informative listen

I loved this book! Gabe's story is remarkable and I encourage anyone with an interest in growing or eating food to give this a read or a listen. (I listened and Gabe's narration was excellent). The documentary 'kiss the ground' on Netflix drew my attention to the need and urgency to drastically improve our soil health for so many reasons. This book continues with that theme, Gabe tells his story and give many practical tips on how to get started and make whatever you're doing profitable. If you are interested in regenerative agriculture this is a must read/listen.

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  • JennyS
  • 12-16-21

As good as I’d heard

I have been looking forward to reading this, and it lived up to all my expectations. So many regenerative agriculture topics covered, as well as being an enjoyable story. Thank you Gabe Brown. :-)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-21

should be on your must read list

opened my mind, enjoyable and rewarding read

if eating, food production, growing or the health of the worlds ecosystem is of interest to you, you'll get something out of this book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-21

Do something.

If you do one thing positive today listen or read this book. dirt to soil.

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  • Andrew Grose
  • 08-09-21

Mainly, tremendously useful.

An excellent starting point for finding your way into the world of regenerative farming. A book full of "whys" as well as, more usefully, "hows". I'm about to listen to every chapter again.

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  • 12-01-20

Great read

This city slicker from Sydney Australia, found your book Gabe, very entertaining and informative. I especially liked the fact that you are passionate enough about your book to narrate yourself.
Cheers
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  • Dan
  • 08-16-20

a must listen

for farmers who want to know how to see improved profit at the same time as environmental regeneration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-19

The Light Bulb Book for ALL farmers!!!!

This is not just a book, THIS IS A long awaited BIBLE FOR ALL AGRICULTURE PRACTICES!! whether you are a large scale agriculture industry or a small hobby/ plant enthusiast... this book is GOLD. I have searched long and hard for such a COMPREHENSIVE piece of literature, that is BACKED UP BY ACTUAL STATISTICS and EASY TO UNDERSTAND. A true testiment to the Author, Thank You, from Down Under.

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  • 09-25-21

What an intro to regenerative agriculture - wow!

I love it when the author narrates their own book, it's always read with the same passion as it was written! Thankyou Gabe!

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  • 06-01-21

Gabe is saving the world one mind at a time

As someone wanting to move the world in a better direction Gabe really put a lot of things into perspective. Soil is live!
Thank you for taking the time to write this Gabe!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-27-21

We need, not we should.

We as farmers need to apply this to our farms to keep our farms and soils alive along with our self's. I will be applying Gabe's systems and will we striving to get my farm to his level.

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  • Jayden
  • 02-08-21

One of the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened too!!

Gabe Brown comes across as one of the most authentic down to earth writers I’ve ever had the privilege to have heard. This book has reawakened a love for production agriculture and has opened my eyes to see both its beauty and its endless possibilities for creative methods of stacking enterprises. I’ve loved listening to this book and would definitely recommend to anyone who has been in agriculture there whole lives or just has an home garden.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-22

Brilliant!

What an inspiration Gabe is to the Regen community, this is a must-listen for anyone starting out on their own farming journey. To have Gabe himself read it was an absolute treat.

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  • Mat
  • 05-22-21

Pretty good

Worth listening to. Unfortunately the religious aspect put me off a few too many times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-21

Great book

Gabe is honest and straight forward. Love that he narrated his own book too! Recommend this if you want to hear about regen ag!