Books, Films & Magazines

If you’re searching for deeper information on agricultural practices, hard-hitting documentaries, or in-depth knowledge of the regenerative movement, look no further. This list provides some of the key texts as starter-for-ones, so you can begin your regenerative journey. We’ve compiled some of our favourite resources, that we feel are helpful in providing a good, solid foundation to understand the how’s and the why’s of the regenerative movement.

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Books

A Soil Owner’s Manual – Jon Stika

This book is about restoring the capacity of your soil to perform all the functions it was intended to perform, and aims to set itself apart as “not another fanciful guide on how to continuously manipulate and amend your soil to try and keep it productive.”

The Fate of Food – Amanda Little

Climate models show that global crop production will decline every decade for the rest of this century due to drought, heat, and flooding. Water supplies are in jeopardy. Meanwhile, the world’s population is expected to grow another 30 percent by midcentury. So how, really, will we feed nine billion people sustainably in the coming decades? Amanda Little examines this question closely throughout by visiting and interviewing key players in the agriculture industry: from policy makers to farmers and inventors, this book will give you an insight into the challenges, and possible solutions, we are faced with in feeding a growing population in a hotter, bigger, more crowded world.

The Earth Knows My Name – Patricia Klindienst

Patricia Klindienst crossed the country to write this book, inspired by a torn and faded photograph that shed new light on the story of her Italian immigrant family’s struggle to adapt to America. She gathered the stories of urban, suburban, and rural gardens created by people rarely presented in books about American gardens: Native Americans, immigrants from across Asia and Europe, and ethnic peoples who were here long before our national boundaries were drawn—including Hispanics of the Southwest, whose ancestors followed the Conquistadors into the Rio Grande Valley, and Gullah gardeners of the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina, descendants of African slaves.

Miraculous Abundance – Charles & Perrine Hervé-Gruyer

When Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer set out to create their farm in an historic Normandy village, they had no idea just how much their lives would change. Neither one had ever farmed before. In this book, Charles and Perrine chronicle the birth of their farm, Le Ferme du Bec Hellouin, through their trials, tribulations, and strong belief in a new, self-reliant method of farming. More of a good story than a manual, it’s a great read for inspiration.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan

This James Beard Award Winning Book by Michael Pollan, is a revolutionary examination that has changed the way Americans think about food. Bringing wide attention to the little-known but vitally important dimensions of food and agriculture in America, Pollan launched a national conversation about what we eat and the profound consequences that even the simplest everyday food choices have on both ourselves and the natural world.

Folks, This Ain’t Normal – Joel Salatin

From farmer Joel Salatin’s point of view, life in the 21st century just ain’t normal. Here, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impacts.

Dirt to Soil – Gabe Brown

Gabe Brown didn’t set out to change the world when he first started working alongside his father-in-law on the family farm in North Dakota. But as a series of weather-related crop disasters put Brown and his wife, Shelly, in desperate financial straits, they started making bold changes to their farm. This book details their journey into regenerative farming, revolutionizing their outlook on crop and land management as agriculturalists.

Films

Growing Cities (2013)

Growing Cities is a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.

Polyfaces (2015)

This documentary, made by one Australian family that spent their life savings to travel to the USA for four years to document the Lunatic Farmer (Joel Salatin) at Polyfaces farm, set amidst the stunning Shenandoah Valley in northern Virginia.

Unbroken Ground (2016)

Produced by Patagonia Provisions, this film explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans. Most of our food is produced using methods that reduce biodiversity, decimate soil and contribute to climate change. This film tells the story of four groups that are pioneers in the fields of regenerative agriculture, regenerative grazing, diversified crop development and restorative fishing.

The Biggest Little Farm

A couple are followed through their successes and failures as they work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles. Over the years, the desolate they purchase begins to thrive and it’s transformed.

Permaculture

A best selling magazine full of practical ideas and inspiration for your home, garden and community.

Magazines

Sustainable Farming Magazine

Produced quarterly, this magazine is free and available online. Publicized by A Greener World, content includes a focus on sustainable livestock production and regenerative agriculture methods.

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