• For the Love of Soil

  • Strategies to Regenerate Our Food Production Systems
  • By: Nicole Masters
  • Narrated by: Nicole Masters
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (231 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Learn a road map to healthy soil and revitalized food systems for powerfully addressing these times of challenge. This audiobook equips producers with knowledge, skills, and insights to regenerate ecosystem health and grow farm/ranch profits. 

This audiobook will show you how to:

  • Triage soil health and act to fast-track soil and plant health
  • Build healthy resilient soil systems
  • Develop a deeper understanding of microbial and mineral synergies
  • Read what weeds and diseases are communicating about soil and plant health
  • Create healthy, productive and profitable landscapes

Globally recognized soil advocate and agroecologist Nicole Masters delivers the solution to rewind the clock on this increasingly critical soil crisis in her first book For the Love of Soil. She argues we can no longer treat soil like dirt. Instead, we must take a soil-first approach to regenerate landscapes, restore natural cycles, and bring vitality back to ecosystems. 

This book translates the often complex and technical know-how of soil into more digestible terms through case studies from regenerative farmers, growers, and ranchers in Australasia and North America. Along with sharing key soil health principles and restoration tools, For the Love of Soil provides land managers with an action plan to kick-start their soil resource’s well-being, no matter the scale.

Praise for the book:

“For years, many of us involved in regenerative agriculture have been touting the soil health - plant health - animal health - human health connection but no one has tied them all together like Nicole does in For the Love of Soil!" (Gabe Brown, Browns Ranch, Nourished by Nature) 

“William Gibson once said that "the future is here - it is just not evenly distributed. Nicole modestly claims that the information in the book is not new thinking, but her resynthesis of the lessons she has learned and refined in collaboration with regenerative land-managers is new, and it is powerful. She lucidly shares lessons learned from the deep topsoil futures she and her farming and ranching partners manage for and achieve. The case studies, science, and examples presented a compelling testament to the global, rapidly growing soil health movement." (Abe Collins, cofounder of LandStream and founder of Collins Grazing)

“Our global agricultural production systems are frequently at war with ecosystem health and Mother Nature. In this book, Nicole is declaring peace with nature and provides us with the science and guidelines to join the regenerative agriculture movement while increasing profits.” (Terry McCosker of Resource Consulting Services in Australia)

“These food producers are taking actions to imitate natural systems more closely,” says Masters. “[T]hey are rewarded with more efficient nutrient, carbon, and water cycles, improved plant and animal health, nutrient density, reduced stress, and ultimately, profitability.” 

In spite of the challenges food producers face, Masters’ book shows even incredibly degraded landscapes can be regenerated through mimicking natural systems and focusing on the soil first.

Buy this book today to take your farm or ranch to the next level!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Nicole Masters (P)2019 Nicole Masters

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More Narrative Than Prescriptive

The subtitle suggest the other was going to give specific recipea, designs or items to regenerate soils. And while there are some scattered within long narrative stories, its more of a direction to investigate and research or a advertisement for her and her friend's services.

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good 👍

Great overview and many practical case studies to orient oneself in the field of regenerative agriculture. uniquely self aware. great job Nicole! inspiring to listen to!

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The why and how of ending chemical agriculture

Amazing book on the healing power of healthy soil and regenerative agriculture to grow strong healthy plants and animals and make good money doing it.

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A must read for anyone interested in soil health

This is a deep dive into what constitutes soil health. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants a more than cursory understanding of soil health and how it can improve the production of ranches and farms.

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Valuable contribution to Regenerative library.

If you are at all skeptical of regen ag then you need to read this. Nicole is educated without the typical human arrogance that prevents further learning. A breath of fresh air & a pioneer of a movement that will help bring health to our planet & all its inhabitants. Listen to the end even if you are struggling to keep up with the detail. This book is illuminating beyond words. Time for a paradigm shift👍🏼

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Outstanding and Revolutionary.

if all the farmers in the world put into practice what's described in this book we could significantly mitigate climate change and feed the world healthy food. they must listen for all farmers whether you're on a quarter acre or 100,000.

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Wonderfully Engaging, Insightful and Informative. Should be mandatory in any soil or biology class and for every farmer and rancher

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Highly recommend this book

I love how she goes over all the aspects of soil health, how it starts their and the movement that has begun focusing on a better way of doing things. This book is for anyone that’s wanting to learn more about soil health and her journey learning from others and backing it up with science.

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Just what I was looking for!

This audio book was packed with information, and I will definitely be listening to it again.

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I highly recommend this book

Very interesting explanations and stories with a pleasant touch of humor. I think everyone interested in agriculture should listen to this book!

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  • fredatheflea
  • 02-04-22

Much is lacking in this audiobook

I think Dr Masters knows a lot about soil, which is a Good Thing. But what a pity she chose to narrate the book herself because it destroys the transfer of knowledge completely. At the very start, there are long gaps between the title(s) and the start of the forward/chapter. And then the narration starts at top speed and there are no gaps in the torrent of words or recognition that mere mortals (those who know less about soil) might struggle with some of the technical language. I know a lot about soil (we are organic farmers); I know a lot of technical language (I have a veterinary PhD) but the words just flowed over me and down to the floor, where they stayed because there was no cadence or sense brought to the narrative.
I got to 3 hours in, and when the authors voice began to sound as though she had been asked to read a boring passage in a school classroom, I gave up. And indeed, the contents of the book are a little like a school textbook. It's a rare author that has the ability to read their own work (cf Isabella Tree 'Rewilding' was in contrast, superb). What a pity that Audible did not support the cost of a professional narrator. Because this indeed is an important topic with much-renewed interest in what lies under our feet. But this is not a book to entertain and enthuse in its current form.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-21

brilliant

I now want to own this book as a hard copy, great story, easy to follow with loads of dense indepth information.

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  • SteveN
  • 10-06-21

Nourishment for the Brain

What Nicole has piblished here is a brilliant fuse of knowledge and experience resulting in a well crafted and enjoyable roadmap for regenerative agriculture. If this sounds of interest to you, I doubt there are better books you could listen to on the subject.

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  • Mr Peter Knupffer
  • 09-20-21

Required for anyone geeking out on Regenerative Ag

Masters not only by name. Nicole Masters is truly a wealth of information and experience and she shares it in a way detailed enough for the geeks while still being entertaining.

I enjoyed listening but will also buy a hard copy to study and annotate. Lots of valuable information in these pages.

May this book inspire a generation of farmers to learn how to steward their land into health, rather than exploiting it into dust.

Authors doing their own narration is not always a great idea (Rob Moore) but nobody could have done this better than Nicole herself.

Loved this book.

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  • Laura Norman
  • 01-09-21

essential reading for food producers

clearly explained and not hard to follow whilst containing lots of technical info. highly recommended!

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  • 12-20-20

An Important Book

This book should be essential reading if you are a farmer. It is well put together and the author is hugely knowledgable and the work is well researched. Importantly she recognises that there is not one fix for every farm. However towards the end she did stray into slightly shaky territory making some claims that are not so well established. She seems anti gm, and focuses on profitability but doesn't seem to consider that to feed the world we probably need higher yielding crops. Although I'm sure she'll have a great comeback to that. I love that she pulled out corporates for greenwashing and suggested how they manage their flaky marketing claims.
This is the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-20

Funny & educational

Nicole's attitude and teachings really resonated with me. Loved the book. She gave a great presentation at Biofarm 2020, check it out 👍

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  • A Pearce
  • 11-14-20

Brilliant!

Nicole examines theory and practical applications of improving soil health with detailed examples from around the world. I will be listening a second time, this time with a note pad!

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  • 02-27-20

Loved the dulcet kiwi.accent

Great listening and loved the dulcet kiwi accent should be more of this on audible

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  • Jess
  • 05-23-21

Soil love stories

I really like this topic and so I have a lot of books about it. Nicole has a true passion for her work its clear, told with a loving tone and not a know it all attitude. I enjoy listen to her stories and how it has helped people

For some reason my alexa keeps playing the same few chapters over and over but it's okay I like to marinate in new knowledge

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  • Col Trengove
  • 02-28-21

Agtrend

I was a little sceptical listening to this book and downloaded it 1-2 months before starting. I thought what can I learn that I don’t already know about soils as a Livestick/pasture consultant and vet. I found the book flat in the first few chapters but persevered and thoroughly enjoyed it by the end. Nicole narrates it with passion, has an immense knowledge & experience of soil health beyond her years and has drawn on the expertise of many doyens in the field to produce an excellent soil expose. Every person who has an interest in soil or the wider ramifications of agriculture should read and absorb this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-13-20

For the love of soil amazing information

There is so much information in this book I would recommend it to anyone I could not praise it enough

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-31-20

Brilliant

One of the best books I have read on the subject. It needs to be read by all.
Thankyou Nicole.

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  • Wixy
  • 01-24-20

Mind blowing

Wow!
Now to get on with it. To test and nurture the natural soil environment and make our world better.
This has been an inspirational book to help me better understand and the insight to get the knowledge to monitor my soils

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-22

what an incredible book !

What an incredible book ! it's inspiring, entertaining, educational, simply put, my mind is blown if you are stewarding ANY land, actually no even if you aren't, this is a Must Read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-22

excellent

was very informative and educational . will be looking into how i can implement on my farm.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-22

Soil Science at its most interesting

I loved this book so much I bought the hard copy as it makes it easier to go back to the more technical parts when discussing with like minded people. Nicole is a very knowledgeable lady and it was lovely to hear small stories of parts of the country I am familiar with. Love her in depth knowledge and dedication to the subject.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-06-22

Inspiring and so interesting

brilliant book and so lovely to hear the dulcet tones of a fellow kiwi. so much detail in Nicole's words, I'll definitely be listening again at least once.