For the Love of Soil: Strategies to Regenerate Our Food Production Systems

For the Love of Soil: Strategies to Regenerate Our Food Production Systems

by Nicole Masters


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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578536729
Publisher: Integrity Soils Limited
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 914,128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Nicole Masters is an independent agroecologist, systems thinker, author and educator. She has a formal background in ecology, soil science and organizational learning. She has been providing agricultural consulting and extension services since 2003. Nicole is recognized as a knowledgeable and dynamic speaker on the topic of soil health.

Her team of soil coaches at Integrity Soils work alongside producers in the U.S., Canada and across Australasia. Supporting producers who work with over 1.1 million acres to take their operations to the next level in nutrient density, profitability and environmental outcomes.
She is one of a growing number of people who are facilitating a rapidly expanding world of quality food production and biological economies.

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Stick-Shark 8 months ago
A wonderful book that should be on everyone reading list that does anything with horticulture or agriculture. It isn't written in a typically style of a prescriptive to do list. This is because every situation is different. So prescriptions would not work. It is more a story about folk, with key information embedded into the stories. So read this with a highlighter / pencil in hand, and use it to mark out the key materials that relate to your situation. Found it very practical, and has encouraged me to record more, to do the tests that are outlined, and how I should be using things like measuring brix (it is not the fruit, but he leaves) and what a good baseline for the number of worms should be. I plan to create a 1-2 page summary of key points for my ease of reference, since there is enough information in the book, that I could easily overlook or loose material. So condensing the material will be very helpful. I strongly suspect it will be one of those books that upon re-reading in a few years, the contents will have entirely changed. Obviously it is not the book, but me that will have changed. Lastly I was surprised by how engaged I was while reading this book. Many story type books I don't particularly enjoy, being a science and data person. However due to the wealth of new and relevant information in the book, it was both highly enjoyably and highly informative. Would definitely be on the list of top books that are essential reading for understanding soil, plants and animals.