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Gabe Brown, author of “Dirt to Soil” presents at Jan. 11, 2023 Speakers Series

Gabe Brown of the family-owned Brown’s Ranch and author of “Dirt to Soil”. Courtesy photo

You’re invited to join Gabe Brown, one of the twenty-five most influential agricultural leaders in the United States, together with the SOIL Sangre de Cristo community for an interesting and informative virtual evening.

Gabe Brown and his family own Brown’s Ranch, a holistic, diversified 5,000-acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, North Dakota.

While farming is a year-round passion, Brown takes the time each winter to visit other farms, write, consult, and speak with local nonprofits like SOIL Sangre de Cristo.

Attendees can learn how this one family has converted thousands of acres of old-school farmland to native perennial rangeland, perennial pastureland, and productive, yet healthy cropland. Their efforts have resulted in farming and ranching “in nature’s image” instead of serving the “big ag” petrochemical fertilizer producers who continue to rob our soils.

Mark your calendar now for this free, public event from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on January 11, 2023  You are asked to RSVP on the SOIL Sangre de Cristo website home page/ Upcoming Events to receive the Zoom link in your email box.

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Brown’s book “Dirt To Soil, One Family’s Journey Into Regenerative Agriculture” is the focus of the presentation and Brown will also answer questions from participants.

“This book is a must-read for anybody who thinks that the ‘Green Revolution’ has been a success,” says Senior Research Scientist at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Stephanie Seneff.

It speaks to the ”urgent need to a return to regenerative and integrated organic farming methods, not just to feed the world but also to save the ecosystem from imminent disaster,” added Seneff.

The Status Quo is Not The Way Forward

“The industrial agriculture complex is an insatiable furnace of consumption that devours soil, leaving farm families destitute, and impoverishes rural communities — ultimately destroying nations,” said Ray Archuleta, “The Soil Guy” and retired USDA/NRCS soil health specialist.

Naturally rich soil holds deep roots at Brown’s Ranch. Courtesy photo

Brown has important experiences to share with the farmers and ranchers of Central Colorado – lessons that can be adapted for our own foodshed. He is an instructor with the nonprofit Soil Health Academy, which focuses on teaching others the power and importance of healthy functioning ecosystems.

According to “Dirt To Soil”, Brown is a pioneer of the soil health movement which focuses on the regeneration of our natural resources.

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, and laying chickens.

Since converting from traditional “industrial” farming and ranching methods to no-till methods, and now to a complete system of “biological, regenerative” farming, their land has seen a dramatic turnaround resulting in not only a successful business but also a benefit to future generations.

Healthy produce grown from healthy soil at Brown’s Ranch. Courtesy photo

His diversity and integration have regenerated the natural resources on the ranch without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides. Brown says he believes that “healthy soil leads to clean air, clean water, healthy plants, animals, and people”.

Challenges Arise, Yet Brown Persists

“After hearing a presentation by Gabe Brown, many people picture Brown’s Ranch in North Dakota as some sort of Xanadu where nothing goes wrong, “ said Kris Nichols, PhD and soil microbiologist.

Rather, by learning and innovating, “He has helped to push, pull, and drag science towards finding solutions to solve our current farm and food crises.”

You are asked to RSVP on the SOIL Sangre de Cristo website home page/ Upcoming Events to receive the Zoom link in your email box.

SOIL Sangre de Cristo’s mission is to unite the communities of South-Central Colorado through direct support of local farmers, ranchers and food producers, improving food security and resilience, and improving soil carbon and health for all residents. SOIL Sangre de Cristo provides this support by granting zero percent interest loans. Investing with SOIL Sangre de Cristo gives Investor Members a mindful and positive channel to generate resilience in regional, nourishing food.

SOIL Sangre de Cristo has opened its fourth round of zero percent interest loan awards. All applications must be submitted by Jan 31,2023 and awards will be announced March 5, 2023.

Featured image: Brown’s Ranch, 5,000 acres of integrated crop, ranch and pastureland using regenerative soil practices near Bismarck ND. Courtesy photo