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
“This is a Sand County Almanac of agriculture, a Walden Pond of loam and tilth, a paradigm-bending journey into the principles that guide the life beneath our feet and thus the life that nourishes us.”
— Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism
A rich 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
"[T]ransformative read...Both the lining of our colons and the ground beneath our feet...are 'biological bazaars where plants and people trade nutritional wares and form alliances..."
—Mother Jones magazine, Nov. 13, 2015
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. Montgomery explores the compelling idea that we are—and have long been—using up Earth's soil.
In Dirt we come to see how soil has shaped us and we have shaped soil. Society after society has risen, prospered, and plowed through a natural endowment of fertile dirt. While we can't change history, we can choose to break the age-old pattern that brought down past civilizations.
“This dirt’s-eye-view of history provides an interesting perspective on a vast range of topic...”
“Tell(s) a story which we cannot afford to ignore. . . . Well and eloquently told.”
"A compelling study on soil: why we need it, how we have used and abused it, how we can protect it, and what happens when we let it slip through our fingers."