Well-known Soil Health Author Comes to Martin

By Anita Hicks

Gabe Brown is one of the pioneers of the current soil health movement which focuses on the regeneration of our resources and Gabe will be in Martin, S.D. to conduct a cover crop tour and hold a presentation on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

Gabe, along with his wife Shelly, and son Paul, own and operate Brown’s Ranch, a diversified 5,000 acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, North Dakota. The ranch consists of several thousand acres of native perennial rangeland along with perennial pastureland and cropland. Their ranch focuses on farming and ranching in nature’s image.

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. They also raise pastured laying hens, broilers and swine. This diversity and integration has regenerated the natural resources on the ranch without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides.

Gabe and Brown’s Ranch have received many forms of recognition for their work, including a Growing Green award from the Natural Resource Defense Council, an Environmental Stewardship Award from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and a Zero-Till Producer of the Year Award, to name a few. Gabe has also been named one of the twenty-five most influential agricultural leaders in the United States. 

Gabe recently authored the book, “Dirt to Soil, One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture.” Some copies of Gabe’s book will be available for purchase at the event.

He is a partner, along with Ray Archuleta, Shane New and Dr. Allen Williams, in Understanding Ag LLC.

He is also an instructor for Soil Health Academy, which focuses on teaching others the power and importance of healthy functioning ecosystems.

To learn more about the work that Gabe Brown is involved in, plan to attend the event that Badlands RC&D, NRCS and SDSU Extension, is sponsoring through their CCG “Growing Healthy” grant. Gabe will start the workshop with a Cover Crop Tour at 5:30 p.m. (MST) at Ireland Bros. Farm Field, 8 miles east of Martin, S.D., then north 3 miles on 226th Avenue (Mile Marker #157). Following the crop tour, we will return to the American Legion Dining Room, located at 210 East Bennett Avenue, Martin, S.D. for a presentation by Gabe Brown, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (MST). Refreshments will be served, and you may sign up to win a door prize. This event is free of charge. Everyone is welcome and those in surrounding areas are encouraged to attend.

Person’s requiring special accommodations should contact Anita Hicks, Coordinator at 605-685-4065, by September 25, 2020.

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