Regenerative Soil - 2nd Edition: The Science and Solutions - HARDCOVER Book

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UPDATED 2nd Edition - New Citations, New Images, New Information, New Microbes, & Newly Edited

Regenerative Soil - The Science & Solutions covers soil management, remediation, generation, and the science from the biological, chemistry, and biochemistry perspectives and all connected to the natural farming methods, so we can see and calculate those methods for and at scale in all climates and situations from gardening to farming to large-scale remediation. You'll be able to see the cycles for each nutrient/element and why/how/when of their cycles - it builds a principle-based understanding that allows for improvisation and comprehension across disciplines, methods, and techniques.

Soil is so complex, diverse, mysterious and fundamental to plant, animal, human and planetary health. It can be daunting for everyone from those dabbling with food growing for the first time, to experienced gardeners and farmers finding things not working like they used to. To find and recommend a reference that integrates and clearly explains the diversity of soil fertility building practices with the latest scientific understandings is difficult to say the least.

Matt Powers’ Regenerative Soil is the reference I will be using and recommending for those working from the backyard to the back paddock.”

— Dr David Holmgren, Permaculture co-originator

and Author of RetroSuburbia; the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future


“Matt has birthed a very comprehensive book on the most important aspect of gardening. This is the most thorough review of the topic I’ve read. You need to read this to fully understand how to make your food forest or garden thrive. The book offers a bounty of information for a bounty of food.

— Robert Kourik, author of Understanding Roots and Roots Demystified

Just when you think there can be nothing new under the sun, Matt Powers proves there’s everything new under the ground—new approaches, fresh methodology and an utterly original take on subsurface dynamics. “Regenerative Soil” is a soil science revelation. Innovative, informative and effortlessly readable. A go-to guide for the generations, Matt’s book is destined to become the most dog-eared dialectic on the subject of living soil.”

— Michael Wittman,

What’s In This Book?

  • A Micro-to-Macro Understanding of Soil & its Relationship to Everything

  • In-Depth, Cutting-Edge Soil Science in Plain Language with Diverse & Well-Researched Citations

  • The Cycles of Soil, Nutrients, Minerals, and Different Climates

  • Regenerative Practices for Soil Management, Creation, & Remediation

  • Soil Chemistry, Biochemistry, Soil Biology, Ecology, Mycology, Permaculture, & Natural Farming

  • Peer-Reviewed & Field-Proven Information

Soil is the lynchpin to life as we know it. It’s where carbon is stored, where all life comes from and returns, and it’s also the living foundation for all life on land and sea. If we want to restore our environment, economy, and health FAST, we have to work with soil and not just in one area, but in ALL areas. We have to make SOIL a permanent part of our culture.

"Regenerative Soil is Matt Powers’ best book yet. Matt's unique gifts as a communicator and teacher have shone through in this jam-packed piece and Regrarians highly recommends this book to anyone who eats, buys or grows”

— Darren Doherty, author of The Regrarians Handbook

REGENERATIVE SOIL is about demystifying soil science and soil’s amazing array of solutions, spreading that knowledge and know-how out into the world, and in real-time, restoring contaminated soils and reducing our waste while building healthy living soil, growing amazing and nutrient-dense foods, and becoming healthier day by day, partnering with soil each step of the way.

...BUT Many of us have NO IDEA how to build, remediate, enrich, and manage healthy soils.


  • Turn All Your Waste That Can Decompose Into Amazing Soil

  • Reverse Erosion & Heal Degraded Soil

  • Turn Clay, Sand, & Silt Into Rich Chocolaty Loam

  • Absorb & Store Tons of Water = Water Less

  • Healthy Soils = Healthy Plants = Healthy Animals & People

  • Healthy Soils Have Natural Antidepressants In Them

  • Partner with Plants, Microbes, Animals, Machines, & More To Build Soil

  • Save Money, Time, Effort, Pain, & Suffering

“At a critical moment when we're oversaturated with unreliable and scattered information, Matt Powers has focused his unique ability as an educator once again to communicate complex topics to people of any skill or education level. Regenerative Soil makes essential connections between the soil food web, mycorrhizal fungi, soil chemistry and plant health while strengthening the text with illustrations that tie it all together. Most importantly, Matt has done an amazing job of outlining the specific actions that anyone can take to move their understanding of soil from the book out into the field with simple to follow instructions. This book has expanded my knowledge of soils more than anything I've read before.”

— Oliver M. Goshey, podcast host of Abundant Edge

There ARE reasons why that compost pile failed, and there ARE shortcuts, rich soil hacks, and serious money-making insights. There’s also real, radical clarity, micro to macro fluency, holistic soil skills for daily living and working, and even partnering with the unknown and mysterious edges of what we know in science… so if you want to dig deep into permaculture soil science and solutions, please join us, back this campaign, back the book, the course, and let’s leverage the greatest lynchpin in the Regenerative Soil Revolution.

I found 'Regenerative Soil' to be a thorough and encyclopedic coverage of the science and philosophy of the field of regenerative agriculture. It covers many critical aspects of soil and plant sciences. I found the coverage of soil microbiology to be especially interesting. The coverage of the relationship between endophytic microbes and healthy plants is cutting edge.

I will be recommending this book to my students at Rutgers University as necessary reading to acquire a better understanding of regenerative agriculture. The field of regenerative agriculture is advancing rapidly and this book is an important installment in that advancement.”

— Professor James White, Department of Plant Biology, Rutgers University

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