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Trusted, practical knowledge can be found in indigenous cultures, in modern universities, in long experience on a particular property, and in innovation by first-generation farmers.

Some people learn best by doing, some by reading, some by interacting with their peers, and some by listening to acknowledged experts. Because we find value in all paths to wisdom, here we offer an array of learning tools to explore, including these stories from around the country.

Regenerative Journeys

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Birdwell & Clark: A couple on a mission to regenerate

Birdwell and Clark Ranch, a stocker operation, is a 11,700-acre ranch of tall grass prairie, river bottoms and brushy draws located in north central Texas in Clay County. Emry Birdwell studied under Allan Savory in the 1980s learning the benefits…

Bamberger Ranch Preserve: A man fulfilling a personal dream

Bamberger Ranch Preserve, located in Blanco County, Texas, is a powerful story of love and conservation. J. David Bamberger sought to realize a dream of land conservation, and in 1969 went looking for the worst piece of ranch land in the Texas…
Hershey Ranch

Hershey Ranch: For the love of nature

Hershey Ranch located in Gillespie County in the Central Texas Hill Country has a fascinating history. It is composed of property from seven land grants and patents that date back to when Texas was a Colony of Spain.

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LISTEN: Understanding the Soil Microbiome with Nicole Masters

In this episode of Voices from the Field, Kara Kroeger, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, talks with Nicole Masters, a New Zealand agroecologist and director of Integrity Soils. Listen…
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LISTEN: A Talk with Fred Provenza, Part 2

This episode of Voices from the Field is the second of two featuring a conversation between Kara Kroeger, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable-agriculture program, and Fred Provenza. Fred is a well-known author…
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LISTEN: A Talk with Fred Provenza, Part 1

This episode of Voices from the Field is the first of two featuring a conversation between Kara Kroeger, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, and Fred Provenza. Fred is a well-known author…
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LISTEN: The PLFA Soil Test

In this episode of Voices from the Field, Kara Kroeger, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable-agriculture program, talks with soil specialist Lance Gunderson about the PLFA soil test. The conversation is the…
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LISTEN: The Haney Soil Test

In this episode of Voices from the Field, Kara Kroeger, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable-agriculture program, talks with soil specialist Lance Gunderson about the Haney soil test. They discuss the history…