Healthy soil is key to sustaining life on Earth. While more and more
people are starting to see the need for soil restoration, there is very
little understanding of just how it can be accomplished. There is a
rapidly emerging demand for a “how to” manual for soil restoration. Dale
Strickler is an expert on building healthy soil and restoring degraded
soil, and in The Complete Guide to Restoring Your Soil
he presents the science of soil, along with proven methods of restoring
depleted soil and agricultural practices from around the world that
continue to build soil, rather than cause it to deteriorate.
provides a solid foundation in the science of healthy soil, explaining
how soil has become so degraded over time and the dire consequences for
the human species, not just in terms of food scarcity but also the
social, health, and environmental consequences of growing food in poor
soil. He addresses the chemical, physical, and biological principles
behind soil function, and presents actual farming practices that can be
used to regenerate soil, techniques and strategies for remediating
contaminated soil, and agriculture systems both past and present that
functioned to build soil, such as the ancient chinampas systems of
Mexico and the permaculture systems of today.
“A comprehensive, clear, and practical guide for growers of every scale.
A must-read for anyone who cares for soil.”— Daniel Mays, manager of
Frith Farm and author of The No-Till Organic Vegetable Farm