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Learn a road map to healthy soil and revitalized food systems for powerfully addressing these times of challenge. This audiobook equips producers with knowledge, skills, and insights to regenerate ecosystem health and grow farm/ranch profits. 

This audiobook will show you how to:

  • Triage soil health and act to fast-track soil and plant health
  • Build healthy resilient soil systems
  • Develop a deeper understanding of microbial and mineral synergies
  • Read what weeds and diseases are communicating about soil and plant health
  • Create healthy, productive and profitable landscapes

Globally recognized soil advocate and agroecologist Nicole Masters delivers the solution to rewind the clock on this increasingly critical soil crisis in her first book For the Love of Soil. She argues we can no longer treat soil like dirt. Instead, we must take a soil-first approach to regenerate landscapes, restore natural cycles, and bring vitality back to ecosystems. 

This book translates the often complex and technical know-how of soil into more digestible terms through case studies from regenerative farmers, growers, and ranchers in Australasia and North America. Along with sharing key soil health principles and restoration tools, For the Love of Soil provides land managers with an action plan to kick-start their soil resource’s well-being, no matter the scale.

Praise for the book:

“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 in For the Love of Soil!" (Gabe Brown, Browns Ranch, Nourished by Nature) 

“William Gibson once said that "the future is here - it is just not evenly distributed. Nicole modestly claims that the information in the book is not new thinking, but her resynthesis of the lessons she has learned and refined in collaboration with regenerative land-managers is new, and it is powerful. She lucidly shares lessons learned from the deep topsoil futures she and her farming and ranching partners manage for and achieve. The case studies, science, and examples presented a compelling testament to the global, rapidly growing soil health movement." (Abe Collins, cofounder of LandStream and founder of Collins Grazing)

“Our global agricultural production systems are frequently at war with ecosystem health and Mother Nature. In this book, Nicole is declaring peace with nature and provides us with the science and guidelines to join the regenerative agriculture movement while increasing profits.” (Terry McCosker of Resource Consulting Services in Australia)

“These food producers are taking actions to imitate natural systems more closely,” says Masters. “[T]hey are rewarded with more efficient nutrient, carbon, and water cycles, improved plant and animal health, nutrient density, reduced stress, and ultimately, profitability.” 

In spite of the challenges food producers face, Masters’ book shows even incredibly degraded landscapes can be regenerated through mimicking natural systems and focusing on the soil first.

Buy this book today to take your farm or ranch to the next level!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Nicole Masters (P)2019 Nicole Masters

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Loved the dulcet kiwi.accent

Great listening and loved the dulcet kiwi accent should be more of this on audible

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For the love of soil amazing information

There is so much information in this book I would recommend it to anyone I could not praise it enough

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Brilliant

One of the best books I have read on the subject. It needs to be read by all. Thankyou Nicole.

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Mind blowing

Wow! Now to get on with it. To test and nurture the natural soil environment and make our world better. This has been an inspirational book to help me better understand and the insight to get the knowledge to monitor my soils

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A storytelling style

Nicole gives us case studies and (enough) science and we just think she's telling us a good yarn - which is quite an achievement. If she criss crosses back over the same material - it's because the point needs to be driven home - like the good educator that she is, repeating information in various ways and from various angles so all of the audience can comprehend it. She brings a masterful bredth to the topic of soil and weaves her many influences and modalities and pasion to deliver a diverse and full picture of what we can't see going on beneath our feet. A great narrative listen!

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Authentic, Captivating and Essential

Nicole has delivered one of the most articulate and wide ranging discourses on the essential future for life on our Blue planet. Whether you are a farmer or a food eater or anywhere else in the spectrum this is very important information for you to digest. Nicole’s way with words makes for easy listening and you will come away with a sense of excitement of what the future can hold for humanity

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fantastic and transformational read

i really loved this book. i found Nicole's NZ twang easy to listen to and her style of storytelling mixed with hard facts and research findings a great balance that allowed me, a novice composter and wormfarmer and gardener with no farming background to keep up and get almost all of it. a brilliant read and somethong we all need to apply to not just farms but backyard gardens and parks and greenspace too.

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Fantastic content, a world of information!

I absolutely love this book, so much so that I've purchased the paperback too. I have always known that there must be a better way, and at last have found a knowledge resource that provides strategies we can put into action immediately. I am so excited about implementing Nicole's advice on our property straight away. Thankyou, your book is a blessing and I highly recommend.

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deep and thorough and immensely listenable

a deep, thorough and immensely listenable book. I'll certainly be going back and listening again to hear again the bits I missed while pondering

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  • 10-08-2020

an excellent listen.

jam packed with inspiring stories and useful information, this book will hopefully leave you as it left me, with awe, motivation and a thirst to learn more and experiment more.

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  • Don Robbins
  • 03-09-2020

The why and how of ending chemical agriculture

Amazing book on the healing power of healthy soil and regenerative agriculture to grow strong healthy plants and animals and make good money doing it.

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  • Real David Art
  • 13-08-2020

More Narrative Than Prescriptive

The subtitle suggest the other was going to give specific recipea, designs or items to regenerate soils. And while there are some scattered within long narrative stories, its more of a direction to investigate and research or a advertisement for her and her friend's services.

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  • mrtie-dye
  • 13-07-2020

Just what I was looking for!

This audio book was packed with information, and I will definitely be listening to it again.

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  • 07-07-2020

I highly recommend this book

Very interesting explanations and stories with a pleasant touch of humor. I think everyone interested in agriculture should listen to this book!

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  • candice mizera
  • 21-05-2020

Wonderfully...

Wonderfully Engaging, Insightful and Informative. Should be mandatory in any soil or biology class and for every farmer and rancher

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  • Matthew
  • 02-04-2020

A must read for anyone interested in soil health

This is a deep dive into what constitutes soil health. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants a more than cursory understanding of soil health and how it can improve the production of ranches and farms.

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  • Kodie Cooper
  • 13-03-2020

Highly recommend this book

I love how she goes over all the aspects of soil health, how it starts their and the movement that has begun focusing on a better way of doing things. This book is for anyone that’s wanting to learn more about soil health and her journey learning from others and backing it up with science.

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  • Kevin Flammer
  • 22-11-2020

good 👍

Great overview and many practical case studies to orient oneself in the field of regenerative agriculture. uniquely self aware. great job Nicole! inspiring to listen to!

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  • Patti Armbrister
  • 18-11-2020

Want a healthier future and you grow food?

Nicole is a Master soil educator and ecologist that offers tremendous amount of knowledge for the agriculturalist and/or gardener. I have listen to "For the Love of Soil" 3 times already and still go back to different chapters as needed to re-enforce the things I have learned from the book. I love the New Zealand accent too. Great book that needs to be in all farmers, ranchers, and gardeners libraries and opened often!!!!! If you take action after you read (listen) to the book your land management practice should for ever be changed for the better.

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  • A Pearce
  • 14-11-2020

Brilliant!

Nicole examines theory and practical applications of improving soil health with detailed examples from around the world. I will be listening a second time, this time with a note pad!

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