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Gabe Brown of Brown's Ranch and Nourished By Nature (Encore Episode)

Photo of Paul and Gabe Brown
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 10:00pm

In an encore of "The Business Beat," Steve D’Agostino interviews Gabe Brown, who, along with his wife, Shelly Brown, owns and operates Brown’s Ranch, located east of Bismarck, North Dakota. They talk about the business of healthy, sustainable soil regeneration. This episode aired originally on December 10, 2017.

Gabe (shown on the right) was the keynote speaker at the Northeast Organic Farmers Association – Massachusetts Chapter’s 2018 Winter Conference, on January 13 at Worcester State University. Gabe, a renowned farmer and rancher, has shifted toward continual plant cover, zero-tillage, inter-cropping, multi-species grazing, and high-diversity cover-crop cocktails. These changes have increased both soil health and farm profitability.

Gabe and Shelly purchased the ranch from Shelly’s parents in 1991, and have grown the operation to 5,000 acres of owned and leased land. Their son, Paul Brown (shown on the left), returned to the ranch after graduation from North Dakota State University, and became a partner in the operation. Their daughter, Kelly Brown, lives and works in Fargo, North Dakota, and returns home to help whenever possible.

The slogan of Brown’s Ranch is “Regenerating Landscapes for a Sustainable Future.”  As the Browns state, “We believe that faith, family and working with the natural resources that God has provided allows us a meaningful life.  We enjoy using these resources to regenerate landscapes for a sustainable future.”

The Browns also express a belief in and practice of “holistic management,” a part of which is farming and ranching in nature’s image. According to the Browns, “We strive to solve problems in a natural and sustainable way.  Improving soil health is a priority, and no-till farming has been practiced since 1993.”

Gabe, Shelly and Paul also own and operate Nourished by Nature, located on the farm site, and controlled by Paul. They express belief  that “the quality of the food we raise depends on the quality of the soil on which it is grown or raised.”

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