Recommended Reading


Albrecht, William A. (2011). Albrecht on Pastures. Acres USA.

Albrecht, William A. and Charles Walters, ed. (2005). Soil Fertility & Animal Health (The Albrecht Papers, Vol II). Acres USA; 2nd edition.

Bible, King James or any Modern English version: Containing the Old and New Testaments. For context!

Brown, Gabe (2018) Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey Into Regenerative Agriculture

Brunetti, Jerry (2014). The Farm as Ecosystem. Acres USA; 2nd edition.

Davis, Walt (2011). How to Not go Broke Ranching: Things I Learned the Hard Way in Fifty Years of Ranching. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 9/25/11 edition.

Diamond, Jared (2011). Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Penguin Books; Revised edition.

Fukuoka, Masanobu (2009). The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming. NYRB Classics.

Hazard, Gordon, DVM (2002). Thoughts and advice from an old cattleman. Hazard Cattle Co; First edition. Out of print/limited availability.

Hines, Chip (2012). Time To Change: Grazing – Genetics – Management. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Howard, Albert (2007). The Soil and Health: A Study of Organic Agriculture. University Press of Kentucky.

Lowenfels, Jeff (2013). Teaming with Nutrients: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition. Timber Press.

Lowenfels, Jeff (2017). Teaming with Fungi: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to Mycorrhizae. Timber Press.

Lowenfels, Jeff and Wayne Lewis (2010). Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web. Timber Press; Revised edition.

Mann, Charles C. (2006). 1491: New Revelation of the Americas Before Columbus. Vintage Books; 1st edition.

Mollison, Bill (1988). Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual. Tagari Publications.

Montgomery, David R. (2012). Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations. University of California Press; 2nd edition.

Montgomery, David R. (2017). Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life. W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition.

Montgomery, David R. and Anne Biklé (2016). The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health. W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition.

Niman, Nicolette Hahn (2014). Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production. Chelsea Green Publishing.

Salatin, Joel (2017). The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs: Respecting and Caring for All God’s Creation. FiathWords; Reprint edition.

SARE Outreach and Andy Clark, ed. (2007). Managing Cover Crops Profitably. SARE Outreach; 3rd edition.

Savory, Allan and Jody Butterfield (2016). Holistic Management: A Commonsense Revolution to Restore Our Environment. Island Press; 3rd edition.

Schatzker, Mark (2011). Steak: One Man’s Search for the World’s Tastiest Piece of Beef. Penguin Books.

Schatzker, Mark (2016). The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor. Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition.

Schwartz, Judith D. (2016). Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World. St. Martin’s Press.

Schwartz, Judith D. and Laura Jorstad, ed. (2013). Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth. Chelsea Green Publishing.

Stika, Jon (2016). A Soil Owner’s Manual: How to Restore and Maintain Soil Health. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition.

Stout, Ruth (2013). Gardening Without Work: For the Aging, the Busy, and the Indolent. Echo Point Books & Media.

Weil, Ray R. and Nyle C. Brady (2016). The Nature and Properties of Soils. Pearson; 15th edition.

Williams, Allen, Ph.D. and Teddy Gentry (2014). Before You Have a Cow.

Websites and Online Resources

Conservation & Sustainability

Sustainable Farming Association;

Xerces Society;

Cover Crops

Agroecology in Action;

Agroecology website of the University of Wisconsin – Madison;

ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture website;

College of Natural Resources at the University of California – Berkeley;


Dakota Lakes Research Farm;

Green Cover Seed;; see SmartMix calculator

Herbicides Persistence and Rotation to Cover Crops; 

Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition; free download at -3rd-Edition

Midwest Cover Crops Council;

SARE Learning Center;


The Land Institute website;


U.S. Energy Information Administration;

Holistic Management and Thinking


Holistic Management International;