57 min

#11 - Nicole Masters Ranchlands Podcast

    • Philosophy

On today’s episode, our guest is the agroecologist, systems thinker, educator, and author Nicole Masters. Originally from New Zealand, Nicole is one of the most well-respected voices on soil health and ecologically responsible grazing practices. She is also the author of the excellent book For the Love of Soil: Strategies to Regenerate Our Food Production Systems.
In this conversation, Nicole discusses her life-long connection to nature and the land, her early career that included growing avocados and being a worm farmer, her move from New Zealand to the American West, her process for writing, some common misconceptions about the idea of food scarcity, and much more.
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Topics Covered:
1:25: Nicole’s upbringing
3:10 Traveling, education, and overseas experiences
4:40 When agriculture became a part of Nicole’s life
8:10 Nicole’s first jobs
9:30 Buying a farm and having a child
13:20 Jumping into agriculture head first, Nicole’s gratitude to her father
14:55 What brought Nicole to the United States
19:00 Being an outsider in the American West
22:00 How Nicole defines her work
25:00 Why don’t all ranches use regenerative methods?
30:00 Can ecological responsible practices feed the world?
33:50 Resources for people interested in regenerative soil science
35:00 Nicole’s book “For the Love of Soil”
37:00 Why did she write a book?
40:00 Finding the purpose of one's life
42:20 Advice for young people
45:50 How can people contribute to responsible agriculture
47:00 Where does Nicole see her career in 15 years
51:00 Why should a lifelong city dweller care about the land?
52:00 Common misconceptions about agriculture 
53:00 Books Nicole recommends
54:15 What music Nicole has been listening to
54:50: What gives Nicole hope for the future

On today’s episode, our guest is the agroecologist, systems thinker, educator, and author Nicole Masters. Originally from New Zealand, Nicole is one of the most well-respected voices on soil health and ecologically responsible grazing practices. She is also the author of the excellent book For the Love of Soil: Strategies to Regenerate Our Food Production Systems.
In this conversation, Nicole discusses her life-long connection to nature and the land, her early career that included growing avocados and being a worm farmer, her move from New Zealand to the American West, her process for writing, some common misconceptions about the idea of food scarcity, and much more.
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Topics Covered:
1:25: Nicole’s upbringing
3:10 Traveling, education, and overseas experiences
4:40 When agriculture became a part of Nicole’s life
8:10 Nicole’s first jobs
9:30 Buying a farm and having a child
13:20 Jumping into agriculture head first, Nicole’s gratitude to her father
14:55 What brought Nicole to the United States
19:00 Being an outsider in the American West
22:00 How Nicole defines her work
25:00 Why don’t all ranches use regenerative methods?
30:00 Can ecological responsible practices feed the world?
33:50 Resources for people interested in regenerative soil science
35:00 Nicole’s book “For the Love of Soil”
37:00 Why did she write a book?
40:00 Finding the purpose of one's life
42:20 Advice for young people
45:50 How can people contribute to responsible agriculture
47:00 Where does Nicole see her career in 15 years
51:00 Why should a lifelong city dweller care about the land?
52:00 Common misconceptions about agriculture 
53:00 Books Nicole recommends
54:15 What music Nicole has been listening to
54:50: What gives Nicole hope for the future

57 min