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Dirt to Soil

Author : Gabe Brown
Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
Page : 240 pages
File Size : 42,6 Mb
Release : 2018-10-11
Category : Technology & Engineering
ISBN : 9781603587648

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"A regenerative no-till pioneer."—NBC News "We need to reintegrate livestock and crops on our farms and ranches, and Gabe Brown shows us how to do it well."—Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation See Gabe Brown—author and farmer—in the Netflix documentary Kiss the Ground 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 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 tells the story of that amazing journey and offers a wealth of innovative solutions to restoring the soil by laying out and explaining his "five principles of soil health," which are: Limited Disturbance Armor Diversity Living Roots Integrated Animals 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.”


Author : David R. Montgomery
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Page : 299 pages
File Size : 53,6 Mb
Release : 2007-05-14
Category : Nature
ISBN : 9780520933163

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Dirt, soil, call it what you want—it's everywhere we go. It is the root of our existence, supporting our feet, our farms, our cities. This fascinating yet disquieting book finds, however, that we are running out of dirt, and it's no laughing matter. An engaging natural and cultural history of soil that sweeps from ancient civilizations to modern times, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations explores the compelling idea that we are—and have long been—using up Earth's soil. Once bare of protective vegetation and exposed to wind and rain, cultivated soils erode bit by bit, slowly enough to be ignored in a single lifetime but fast enough over centuries to limit the lifespan of civilizations. A rich mix of history, archaeology and geology, Dirt traces the role of soil use and abuse in the history of Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, China, European colonialism, Central America, and the American push westward. We see how soil has shaped us and we have shaped soil—as society after society has risen, prospered, and plowed through a natural endowment of fertile dirt. David R. Montgomery sees in the recent rise of organic and no-till farming the hope for a new agricultural revolution that might help us avoid the fate of previous civilizations.


Author : Natalie M. Rosinsky
Publisher : Compass Point Books
Page : 25 pages
File Size : 53,8 Mb
Release : 2002-09
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 9781404803312

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Engage young readers in real science with these informative, fun, fact-filled books.

Dirt Or Soil

Author : Ellen Lawrence
Publisher : Down & Dirty
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 41,6 Mb
Release : 2015-08
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 1627248331

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Dirt Or Soil by Ellen Lawrence Pdf

Soil can be brown, black, crumbly, dry, wet--but so can dirt. So what's the difference? People often use the words "soil" and "dirt" to mean the same thing, but in science they are not the same at all. Soil is a material that plants can grow in, while dirt is the muddy footprints you leave on the floor on a wet day. Inside this book, readers will get down and dirty as they investigate what makes soil special and why dirt is something we need to wipe, sweep, or vacuum away. What ingredients are in soil? Why is soil said to be living, whereas dirt is dead? And when it's under your fingernails, is it dirt or soil? Filled with information perfectly suited to the abilities and interests of an early elementary audience, this colorful, fact-filled volume gives readers a chance not only to learn, but also to develop their powers of observation and critical thinking. With its stunning photographs and surprising, high-interest facts about a material that most of us take for granted, the book makes learning about soil a lively, engaging experience.

Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

Author : David R. Montgomery
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
Page : 320 pages
File Size : 46,9 Mb
Release : 2017-05-09
Category : Science
ISBN : 9780393608335

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Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life by David R. Montgomery Pdf

Finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award “A call to action that underscores a common goal: to change the world from the ground up.”—Dan Barber, author of The Third Plate For centuries, agricultural practices have eroded the soil that farming depends on, stripping it of the organic matter vital to its productivity. Now conventional agriculture is threatening disaster for the world’s growing population. In Growing a Revolution, geologist David R. Montgomery travels the world, meeting farmers at the forefront of an agricultural movement to restore soil health. From Kansas to Ghana, he sees why adopting the three tenets of conservation agriculture—ditching the plow, planting cover crops, and growing a diversity of crops—is the solution. When farmers restore fertility to the land, this helps feed the world, cool the planet, reduce pollution, and return profitability to family farms.

Mycorrhizal Planet

Author : Michael Phillips
Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing
Page : 257 pages
File Size : 53,5 Mb
Release : 2017
Category : Mycorrhizal fungi
ISBN : 9781603586580

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In Mycorrhizal Planet, Michael Phillips offers new insights into the invisible world beneath our feet, explaining the crucial, symbiotic role that fungi play in everything from healthy plants to healthy soils to a healthy planet.--COVER.

For the Love of Soil

Author : Nicole Masters
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 300 pages
File Size : 43,9 Mb
Release : 2019-10-15
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 0578536722

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Learn a roadmap to healthy soil and revitalised food systems to powerfully address these times of challenge. This book equips producers with knowledge, skills and insights to regenerate ecosystem health and grow farm/ranch profits. Learn 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 recognised 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 kickstart their soil resource's well-being, no matter the scale."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." Says Abe Collins, cofounder of LandStream and founder of Collins Grazing. "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. "These food producers are taking actions to imitate natural systems more closely," says Masters. "... they 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. "Our global agricultural production systems are frequently at war with ecosystem health and Mother Nature," notes Terry McCosker of Resource Consulting Services in Australia. "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."Buy this book today to take your farm or ranch to the next level!


Author : Matthew Evans
Publisher : Allen & Unwin
Page : 280 pages
File Size : 43,6 Mb
Release : 2021-07-02
Category : Science
ISBN : 9781761062254

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Soil by Matthew Evans Pdf

What we do to the soil, we do to ourselves. Soil is the unlikely story of our most maligned resource as swashbuckling hero. A saga of bombs, ice ages and civilisations falling. Of ancient hunger, modern sicknesses and gastronomic delight. It features poison gas, climate collapse and a mind-blowing explanation of how rain is formed. For too long, we've not only neglected the land beneath us, we've squandered and debased it, by over-clearing, over-grazing and over-ploughing. But if we want our food to nourish us, and to ensure our planet's long-term health, we need to understand how soil works - how it's made, how it's lost, and how it can be repaired. In this ode to the thin veneer of Earth that gifts us life, commentator and farmer Matthew Evans shows us that what we do in our backyards, on our farms, and what we put on our dinner tables really matters, and can be a source of hope. Isn't it time we stopped treating the ground beneath our feet like dirt?

Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth

Author : William Bryant Logan
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
Page : 224 pages
File Size : 50,7 Mb
Release : 2007-01-17
Category : Nature
ISBN : 9780393351606

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"A gleeful, poetic book…Like the best natural histories, Dirt is a kind of prayer." —Los Angeles Times Book Review "You are about to read a lot about dirt, which no one knows very much about." So begins the cult classic that brings mystery and magic to "that stuff that won't come off your collar." John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Saint Phocas, Darwin, and Virgil parade through this thought-provoking work, taking their place next to the dung beetle, the compost heap, dowsing, historical farming, and the microscopic biota that till the soil. Whether William Bryant Logan is traversing the far reaches of the cosmos or plowing through our planet’s crust, his delightful, elegant, and surprisingly soulful meditations greatly enrich our concept of "dirt," that substance from which we all arise and to which we all must return.

The Soil Will Save Us

Author : Kristin Ohlson
Publisher : Rodale Books
Page : 256 pages
File Size : 46,6 Mb
Release : 2014-03-18
Category : Nature
ISBN : 9781609615550

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Journalist and bestselling author Kristin Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for "our great green hope"—a way in which we can not only heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon—and potentially reverse global warming. Thousands of years of poor farming and ranching practices—and, especially, modern industrial agriculture—have led to the loss of up to 80 percent of carbon from the world's soils. That carbon is now floating in the atmosphere, and even if we stopped using fossil fuels today, it would continue warming the planet. As the granddaughter of farmers and the daughter of avid gardeners, Ohlson has long had an appreciation for the soil. A chance conversation with a local chef led her to the crossroads of science, farming, food, and environmentalism and the discovery of the only significant way to remove carbon dioxide from the air—an ecological approach that tends not only to plants and animals but also to the vast population of underground microorganisms that fix carbon in the soil. Ohlson introduces the visionaries—scientists, farmers, ranchers, and landscapers—who are figuring out in the lab and on the ground how to build healthy soil, which solves myriad problems: drought, erosion, air and water pollution, and food quality, as well as climate change. Her discoveries and vivid storytelling will revolutionize the way we think about our food, our landscapes, our plants, and our relationship to Earth.

Dig In! Learn about Dirt

Author : Pamela Hall
Publisher : Child's World
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 49,9 Mb
Release : 2011
Category : Soils
ISBN : 1602535078

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Discusses the science of dirt, discussing where it is found, what it is made from, how it forms, and how it is used.

Exploring Soils

Author : Samantha Grover
Page : 35 pages
File Size : 44,5 Mb
Release : 2017-06
Category : Science
ISBN : 9781486305018

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Exploring Soils by Samantha Grover Pdf

Have you ever wondered what happens in the earth underneath us? James has, and he wants to learn more about soil. In Exploring Soils: A Hidden World Underground, James discovers that soil is not just dirt for digging in. He explores how plants and animals live in soil, how soils are formed, how they differ, and the ways that soil is essential in our lives. Written by Samantha Grover, a soil scientist and parent, and with engaging illustrations by artist Camille Heisler, Exploring Soils will take you to an underground world filled with activity and discoveries. Perfect for ages 6 – 9.


Author : Ellen Lawrence
Publisher : Bearport Publishing
Page : 28 pages
File Size : 49,9 Mb
Release : 2013-01-01
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 9781617727375

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Introduces soil and what is in it, discusses different types of soil, and explores which type of soil holds water best, is best for plants, and how worms help.

Grow Your Soil!

Author : Diane Miessler
Publisher : Storey Publishing, LLC
Page : 176 pages
File Size : 48,5 Mb
Release : 2020-02-18
Category : Gardening
ISBN : 9781635862089

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The key to success for every gardening venture is rich soil. Achieving that basic building block is easy with this accessible soil improvement guide, which offers a broad understanding of the science of soil’s microbial life in an engaging, entertaining style.

Deserts, Dams and Dirt/Soil

Author : Dr Delwyn G Fredlund,Elsie Loewen
Publisher : Elsie Loewen
Page : 128 pages
File Size : 42,8 Mb
Release : 2017-12-11
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 0991924215

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Deserts, Dams and Dirt/Soil by Dr Delwyn G Fredlund,Elsie Loewen Pdf

For Del Fredlund, digging in dirt as a farm boy in rural Saskatchewan led to a career in Civil Engineering. His ground breaking research opened doors with governments and universities all over the world, sometimes with drama and danger beyond anything he'd ever imagined. But in looking for the fulfillment of a childhood promise to God, was he wasting his time and expertise concerned about the poor and the masses in need? The challenge was overwhelming - until he would learn the impact of changing one life at a time. Read the captivating narrative of a poor but tenacious Saskatchewan farm boy.