Gabe Brown is one of the pioneers of the current soil health movement which focuses on
the regeneration of our resources.
Gabe, along with his wife Shelly, and son Paul, own and operate Brown's Ranch, a
diversified 5,000 acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, North Dakota. The ranch consists of
several thousand acres of native perennial rangeland along with perennial pastureland and
cropland. Their ranch focuses on farming and ranching in nature's image.
The Browns holistically integrate their grazing and no-till cropping systems, which include a
wide variety of cash crops, multi-species cover crops along with all natural grass finished
beef and lamb. They also raise pastured laying hens, broilers and swine. This diversity and
integration has regenerated the natural resources on the ranch without the use of
synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides.
The Browns are part owners of a state inspected abattoir which allows them to direct
market their products. They believe that healthy soil leads to clean air, clean water, healthy
plants, animals, and people.
Over 2,000 people visit the Brown's Ranch annually to see this unique operation. They have
had visitors from all fifty states and twenty-four foreign countries.
Gabe and Brown's Ranch have received many forms of recognition for their work, including
a Growing Green award from the Natural Resource Defense Council, an Environmental
Stewardship Award from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, and a Zero-Till
Producer of the Year Award, to name a few. Gabe has also been named one of the twenty-
five most influential agricultural leaders in the United States.
Gabe recently authored the book, “Dirt to Soil, One Family’s Journey Into Regenerative
He is a partner, along with Ray Archuleta and Dr. Allen Williams, in Understanding Ag LLC.
He is also an instructor for Soil Health Academy, which focuses on teaching others the
power and importance of healthy functioning ecosystems.