Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life
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
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
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.
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
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
My dad is an influential leader of the Regenerative Agriculture movement, and I heard about this book through him. I expected it to be interesting but a bit dry, especially on audio, and I figured I’d be pushing my way through the ten hours of listening. That was most certainly not the case! David Montgomery weaves travel, science, research, and history into a fascinating look at how vital conservation agriculture is for our future.
Carbon emissions, th ...more
Soil health is such a fascinating, interconnected and broad topic and while the book falls into a popular science realm, I appreciate knowing the author's academic background. My main gripe is that the author introduces a lot of “cha ...more