For The Love Of Soil: Strategies To Regenerate Our Food Production Systems
Nearly a third of arable land worldwide has been lost to degradation and erosion over the past 40 years. With decades of experience in regenerative soil systems and their management, agroecologist Nicole Masters delivers solutions to rewind the clock on this increasingly critical crisis.
To face the challenges of today, we must take a soil-first approach to our landscapes, restoring natural cycles, and bringing vitality back to ecosystems. All while putting the food back into food.
SKU 7583. Copyright 2019. 299 pages. Softcover.
Praise for For The Love of Soil
"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!
"She shows us through her own personal experiences and those of farmers, ranchers, researchers and medical professionals all over the world that the answers lie in the soil. A very thought-provoking read that is a call to action for all of us.
"I highly recommend For The Love of Soil for anyone interested in their health, their children's health and the health of our planet!"
– Gabe Brown, Brown's Ranch, author of Dirt to Soil
"A must-read for all farmers and land managers. Nicole uses a wonderful combination of personal experience, good case studies and evidence-based science to show how regenerative agriculture systems can improve farm productivity, reduce production costs, improve biodiversity, build resilience and how to substantially mitigate this existential crisis. It is truly a win, win, win soution to the multiple problems affecting today's agriculture."
About the Author
New Zealand born Nicole Masters is an independent agroecologist, systems thinker, author and educator. She has a formal background in ecology, soil science and organizational learning studies in New Zealand. Nicole is recognized as a knowledgeable and dynamic speaker on the topic of soil health.
Her team of soil coaches at Integrity Soils have a proven record working alongside food and fiber producers across the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Learn Soil Health Management from Nicole Masters
Nicole Masters is one of four expert speakers who will be presenting full-day Eco-Ag U workshops at the 2021 Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show! This annual conference will be held in person, Dec. 6-9, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Focused on eco-agriculture education, this event features two days of Eco-Ag U workshops plus three days of sessions on all kinds of eco-farming topics.
Farming Can Be Rewarding and Profitable
Nicole Masters relates many stories of farmers from New Zeeland and America. She outlines the problems and the solutions of many journeys. The bottom line is she documents each failure to success with personal stories and production numbers. This is not really a how to book as it is a mind and heart change book. It is very readable and very positive. Her main remedy is applications of high-quality compost and vermicast.
Well organized. Very thought provoking with a nice mix of story telling and research.
I learned a lot!
Great info, needs editing
This book is definitely worth the buy - full of stories from different farms, different situations. The appendixes at the end have lots of useful info. The author should have had someone edit the book, though. Some of the grammatical errors are so severe, her meaning is unclear.
A new way of looking at soil health
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much that I bought a copy for my sister. I love her writing and expertise in soil health, with practical suggestions and many accounts of her approach making an impact on rangelands. Would recommend reading anything Nicole writes!