Dirt to Soil With Gabe Brown
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Date: January 21, 2019
“Regenerating Landscapes for a Sustainable Future.”
In an effort to save his own farm, Gabe Brown discovered a movement in farming that gave him hope. From a farm that was broken, he and his family nourished their soil back to health. His book “Dirt to Soil” is bringing this movement to life that instead of being sustainable, is an effort to be regenerative.
Gabe is one of the pioneers of the current soil health movement which focuses on the regeneration of our resources.
Gabe, along with his wife Shelly, and son Paul, own and operate a diversified 5,000 acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, ND. Their ranch focuses on farming and ranching in nature’s image.
The Browns holistically integrate their grazing and no-till cropping systems, which include a wide variety of cash crops, multi-species cover crops along with all natural grass finished beef and lamb. They also raise pastured laying hens, broilers and swine. This diversity and integration has regenerated the natural resources on the ranch without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides.
The Browns are part owners of a state inspected abattoir which allows them to direct market their products. They believe that healthy soil leads to clean air, clean water, healthy plants, animals and people.
This has led the ranch to be highlighted in many documentaries and videos including Kiss the Ground and Soil Carbon Cowboys. The Brown’s have been the recipients of numerous awards including; National No-Till’s Twenty-Five most influential people, NCBA’s Environmental Stewardship Award, USA Zero-Till Farmer of the Year, NRDC’s Growing Green Award and others.
Over 2,000 people visit the Brown’s Ranch annually to see this unique operation. They have had visitors from all 50 states and 22 foreign countries. Gabe recently authored the book, “Dirt to Soil, One Family’s Journey Into Regenerative Agriculture.”
Gabe is a partner along with Ray Archuleta, and Dr. Allen Williams in Understanding Ag LLC. He is also one of the instructors for the Soil Health Academy.