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Join me (Daniel Enking) as I uncover the secrets to growing your own nutrient dense, flavor rich food and medicinal plants that resist pests and diseases.

Dr. Elaine Ingham has become somewhat of a celebrity scientist in recent years. If you’ve read or heard anything about growing with living soil, it’s likely that you’ve heard Elaine Ingham’s name mentioned. As one of the first scientists in the United States to discover the importance of soil microlife for plant growth, she was tapped to write a good portion of the USDA’s “Soil Biology Primer” in 1999. This was one of the first times that a US government body acknowledged the importance of soil biology in plant growth. …


As World War I began, the allies had a steady supply of Nitrogen coming in from South America, but Germany was facing a shortage. This is partially what drove the German scientist Fritz Haber to discover a way to artificially extract nitrogen from the air and create nitrates (as they say, necessity is the mother of invention). In what became known as the Haber-Bosch process, industrial manufacturing of nitrates — and later nitrogen fertilizer — was born. …


A mono-cropped corn field shrouded in haze from nitrogen off-gassing

How did farmers fertilize and protect their crops 8,000 years ago without synthetic nutrients or chemical sprays? This is the question that the now famous regenerative farmer Gabe Brown, a midwestern rancher with over 3,000 acres, asked himself after he experienced four straight years of crop failure. Nearly broke, he learned how to first survive, and then thrive without paying a dime for fertilizers and pesticides. Today, he’s one of the most profitable farmers in his region. …


A nitrate factory, based on the Haber-Bosch process

There’s a 100 year old conspiracy that’s keeping you from reaching your full potential as a grower. No, I’m not talking about cannabis prohibition, although that certain hasn’t helped. I’m talking about the discovery of chemical fertilizers, and the resulting agrochemical-industrial complex that was born from it. Today, some of the biggest, most profitable and most powerful companies in the world are fertilizer companies. And they’ve pushed the Big Lie that in order to grow plants, you need to feed them nutrients. …


It may seem odd, but my journey to regenerative agriculture starts with snow.

I grew up in rural Maine, surrounded by forests and small, organic family farms. As a result, I developed a passion for the natural world. By middle school, my curiosity and fascination with science had made me somewhat of a loner. But when I joined the cross country ski team, I felt like I’d found somewhere that I fit in. I was very competitive, and so racing through the woods, with trees blanketed in fresh snow with my adrenaline pumping was an intense and beautiful experience at…


As I reached for the gate latch, I heard the sound of leaves crunching in the woods behind me. I whirled around, terrified that my parents had followed me here. But it was only a squirrel scurrying across the underbrush, clutching an acorn tightly in it’s mouth.

Letting my breath out, I turned back to the gate. Peering through the fence that stretched far above my ten-year-old head, I could see a virtual jungle of flowers, herbs and grasses, forming a thick canopy. Many of the plants I recognized, as I’d seen them in our garden, or growing wild in…

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