Welcome to our website!
We are Dig2Grow, a husband & wife and a pair of writers. Dave is a broad-minded geologist and Anne is a free-range biologist with a bad case of plant lust. We chose "Dig2Grow" because that's what happens when you write, talk, and act on things that matter to the well-being of people and our one-and-only planet.
Somewhat to our surprise, we have an environmental trilogy on our hands. First there was Dirt—about the plight of soil and what we've done to it since the dawn of agriculture. Then came The Hidden Half of Nature, a revealing exploration of how microbial life underpins the health of soil and, even our own bodies. Now we have Growing a Revolution, a way to transform farming practices so that agriculture can help cure what ails the land.
Feel free to reach out to us via our contact page if would like to book us for an event, obtain autographed books, or have other questions.
Dave & Anne
Growing a Revolution reveals that it's possible to bring a farm's soil back to life. Montgomery introduces us to farmers around the world at the heart of a brewing soil health revolution. He cuts through standard debates about conventional and organic farming to show why regenerative agriculture can benefit farmers and the land.
Building on The Hidden Half of Nature, he finds that the combination of no-till planting, cover crops, and diverse crop rotations can sustain the soil microbiome, and thereby a farmer's crops and livelihood. Combining ancient wisdom with modern science, he makes the case for an inspiring vision where agriculture becomes the solution to environmental problems.
“An important masterpiece...one of the most practical and prescient descriptions of the food and agriculture transformation we must now accomplish.”
— Frederick Kirschenmann, author of Cultivating an Ecological Conscience
“...describes the environmental crossroads at which we stand, and shows us not only the devastation, but the potential solution, that exists right beneath our feet.”
— Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl
A blend of science, history, and personal narrative, The Hidden Half of Nature reveals why good health—for people and plants—depends on microbiomes, the communities of Earth’s smallest and least-loved creatures.
Montgomery and Biklé begin in their garden and move to the human body. Here, they uncover stunning similarities between the root of a plant and the human gut that could transform the practice of agriculture and medicine.
"This is a fascinating and timely book, and sure to become a game-changing guide to the future of good food and healthy landscapes.”
—Dan Barber, chef and author of The Third Plate
"I love this book! Using their personal story, historical fact and cutting edge science, Montgomery and Biklé have given us a great gift."
—Deborah Koons Garcia, Filmmaker, The Future of Food and Symphony of the Soil
The long, winding saga of the plight of soil on our planet, from ancient civilizations to Civil War plantations and the dust bowl era. For the past 10,000 years the iconic act of plowing the Earth has exacted a heavy toll that few realize.
In Dirt we come to see how soil has shaped us and we have shaped soil. While we can't change history, we can choose to break the age-old pattern that brought down past civilzations.
“Tell(s) a story which we cannot afford to ignore. . . . Well and eloquently told.”
“This dirt’s-eye-view of history provides an interesting perspective on a vast range of topics...”