Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life
I've been interested in gardening for a few years now. My dad gardened when I was young, but only recently have I owned land to garden.
I first heard of this book from an Urban Farming podcast, and I was intrigued. Soil science has been a new interest of mine, and I had never heard of most of the methods and practices in this book.
I'm not a true environmentalist, I don't fight for the whales, or boycott slaughtering animals, but anyone would want to be a good steward ...more
An important book about returning fertility back to our soils, without becoming dependent on artificial fertilizers.
Two aspects elevate this above the usual book about environmental concerns.
First it isn't written in apocalyptic overtones. It doesn't feel like somebody is yelling "WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!" in your face all the time. This is a refreshing change.
Second, while I don't believe all of the author's solutions are workable, at least the ...more
Well, I'm convinced. The health of our soil directly impacts how we all live and how we will continue to live in the future. Without soil full of organic matter, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides leach and run off fields, contaminating water and creating algal blooms far downstream. Soil stripped ...more
By avoiding plowing, using cover crops, and employing crop rotation, farmers are able to use much lower levels of fertilizers, pesticides and fuel and make higher profits, with less vulner ...more
If you're into agriculture - Read it.
This is basically a collection of tales and tricks by successful farmers. And not just tricks this often talks about their distilled path to success in depth. The magic for me happened when everyone they talk about uses slightly different techniques and this made me understand the range within which I can work with, what I really must do and what I can plan for future. ...more
Please keep in mind this book was written with the general public in mind. It may be “basic” for people with science or microbiology education but the point is to get the general public on board with thinking in these terms.
I am hooked on this topic now.
Instead this book argues that we don’t have to cut nature or soil out of the picture, that actually they are our most important resources in helping make sure we have good food and a good planet in the future. Instead of focusing on automation and technology, yields ...more
Wonderful book with a mixture of history, environmental science, agriculture, and memoir. Enjoyable narrative and facts. The author really captured no-till agriculture from various perspectives without sounding arrogant or condescending. Recommended reading for anybody interested in the sciences.
In its own way as damning as Dark Money. The agricultural business is in trouble because so many farmers are in debt to the companies like Koch Industries and Monsanto who supply farmers, who want to keep selling farmers chemical fertilizers even though we now know chemical fertilizers are bad for soil health.
What it all comes down to is this, conse ...more
Many people choose sides between conventional and organic methods of farming, assuming that you will have to settle for lower harvests and smaller produce if you don’t want your food to be poisoned by carcinogenic pesticides. Montgomery brings the reader’s attention to a third option: conservative agriculture. This means not tilling fields with a plow, planting cover crops year-round, and rotating crops regularly. The author repeatedly points out that all three factors are required to truly prac...more
2:23. Right about this point there’s a story of a man in Pakistan back in the 60s who went to agricultural school and graduated with high honors then went back to his village and they laughed at him because he had gone to school to be taught how to plow which of course they already knew how to do it. I find it interesting that the point of this book being n ...more
Unfortunately, university ag research and government programs depend almost solely on "products"...what to buy, ...more
He sold me on the need to restore soil health and fertility without excessive use of chemicals herbicide ...more
It could have benefited a little more with some graphics and charts showing some simple concepts like the monthly/yearly rotational planting cycle of some of the farms he visited, for instance.
While it clearly and concisely addresses the agricultural/biological/geological processes and the 3-fold system ...more