• Ernst Götsch Workshop in Deutschland


    Soil Health Academy


    Regenerative Agriculture and livestock management with the protagonists of the groundbreaking film "Kiss the Ground": Gabe Brown and Ray Archuleta, as well as Top Experts Shane New and Dr Allen Williams. A workshop in Germany is planned for the first time - an expedition to the roots of sustainable growth.

  • Note

    Due to the ongoing Corona pandemic, we unfortunately have to cancel the Soil Health Academy with Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta, Dr. Allen Williams and Shane New, scheduled for October 12-14, 2021. We are in touch with Gabe and hope to let you know of a new date soon on social media and on this website.

    Stay well!

  • The Soil Health Academy


    "The mission of the non-profit Soil Health Academy is to teach and assist farmers and ranchers in applying time-tested, ecological principles and biomimicry to regenerate our living and life-giving soil. In restoring the health of our soil’s ecosystem, we will restore the health of our bodies, our farms, our communities, and our planet."

    The Soil Health Academy was founded by experienced regenerative agriculture practitioners with the goal of helping farmers develop a deep understanding of and successfully apply proven regenerative agriculture practices. With the goal of achieving the regenerative turnaround. To create healthier soil, food, farms and communities for tomorrow. According to the initiative's chairman, David Brandt - who himself has been using regenerative agriculture practices since the early 1970s - this method can only be implemented on a widespread and scalable basis if farmers can put the principles for improving soil health on their land into practice..


    Since its establishment in 2017, more than 500 participants from 12 countries have attended the Soil Health Academy's world-renowned and well-respected training courses. This has already resulted in a significant spread of regenerative agriculture methods. The Soil Health Academy has a team of experienced consultants and experts on the road, of whom Gabe Brown may be the best known on the scene. His book "Dirt to Soil" has just been published in German. His partner Dr. Allen Williams runs a well respected scientific blog, Ray Archuleta is a highly sought after panelist and speaker.

  • Trainers: The Consulting Team of the Soil Health Academy

    Concentrated knowledge for the future of agriculture

    These four experts are highly committed to regeneration and associated growth in agriculture. Their motto:

    "If you own soil, regenerative agriculture is feasible for you. We'll show you how."


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    Gabe Brown

    The Soil Sage

    Soil heavyweight: Gabe Brown is a champion and pioneer of the soil health movement, which focuses on regenerating our resources. He runs a multi-thousand-acre farm with his wife and son, where he grows crops and raises livestock using nature as a model. As co-owner of a state-controlled slaughterhouse, he is able to market products directly. His Brown's Ranch is visited by more than 2,000 people annually. His book "Dirt to Soil - One Family’s Journey Into Regenerative Agriculture" which was recently published in German, is a great success.

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    Ray Archuleta

    The Messenger of Nature

    A passionate soil expert, soil and agricultural scientist Ray Archuleta founded two organizations in 2017 after more than 30 years at NRCS (an Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture): Understanding Ag (www.understandingag.com) and the Soil Health Academy (www.soilhealthacademy.org). With the goal of teaching and disseminating strategies of bio-mimicry and principles of agroecology to improve soil function. His seminars are highly sought after and fully booked. He himself owns a 150-acre farm that he operates with his family.

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    Dr Allen Williams

    The Expert in Pasture

    Allen Williams, who holds a PhD in farm animal genetics, is a 6th generation farmer and also a sought-after speaker at international conferences and symposia. Soil health, crop-livestock integration, adaptive forage and pasture management, and high quality meat production are among his areas of focus. With colleagues, he has focused on whole farm and ranch planning based on regenerative agriculture. This approach creates significant "added" value and prepares landowners for multiple revenue streams.

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    Shane New

    The Grounded One

    For 20 years, he worked as a contractor and turfgrass producer before focusing full-time on regenerative agriculture and becoming a partner with UnderstandingAg. The methods to promote soil health were on his mind long before that: No-till, cover cropping, pasture rotation or adaptive grazing. He now farms New Family Farms in Holton, Kansas, with his family using these principles. Shane is an advocate for regenerative agriculture practices because he is convinced of their positive impact on human health.


  • Workshop Programs

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    Due to high demand, Soil Alliance - The Association for Regenerative Agriculture introduces regenerative pioneers to a German audience from time to time.

    Our workshop and seminar offer is aimed at farmers from organic and conventional farms, students and all those who are interested in regenerative agriculture.

    Unfortunately, we have to cancel the workshop with the Soil Health Academy team, which was planned for October 12-14, 2021, due to the Corona pandemic. We will inform about possible new dates on social media (all links below) and on this page.

  • Growing the Regeneration Generation:

    With its workshops and courses on farms, collaborative and educational projects, the Soil Health Academy is bringing forward the movement and methods of Regenerative Agriculture

  • Six Principles and Three Rules - for a Healthy Soil Life

    The Soil Health Academy's team has worked over the past year to enhance and improve the program, developing additional materials and graphics to help the Academy Participants understand and apply the principles of soil health and Regenerative Agriculture. This is both for their theoretical lectures and for their work on their farms and livestock operations. All presentations will be made available online. Following are two examples.


    Syntropie - Syntropische Landwirtschaft - Ernst Götsch

    The six principles of soil health

    Syntropie - Syntropische Landwirtschaft - Ernst Götsch

    The three rules of adaptive stewardship

  • When I was in conventional, commoditized industrial mindset I used to wake up every morning trying to decide: What am I gonna kill today? Is it gonna a be a weed, is it gonna a be a pest, is it gonna a be a fungal disease? - I'm gonna kill something.


    Now today I wake up every morning trying to decide: "How do I get more life on my operation?


    Gabe Brown - Soil Health Academy

  • Small glossary: Terms that are frequently used when referring to Regenerative Agriculture

    Cover Crop

    Undercropping or cover crops to protect against erosion, fix nitrogen and control weeds. These plants are planted to cover the soil rather than for the purpose of harvesting. This can help control soil erosion while improving soil fertility and soil quality and influencing factors such as water, weeds, pests, diseases, biodiversity and wildlife in an agroecosystem. Cover crops can be a seasonally independent crop that can also grow in winter and are planted after the crop is harvested. In German-speaking countries, little is found about this method.

    No Till

    In the broadest sense, land cultivation without plowing. The seed is placed in the unworked soil covered with the plant residues of the previous crop. Crop residues and catch crops remain on the field. This form of tillage also promotes the earthworm population. Earthworms are of great importance for healthy soil. Among other things, they perform deep loosening and transport crop residues down into the soil. In sum, this method has the effect of increasing the humus content in the soil, improving the structure of the soil, building up the microbiome (the microbial biomass) in the soil, and thus increasing soil fertility overall.


    ... or bionics is the science that deals with how phenomena in nature can be transferred to technology. A well-known example is the leaf of the lotus plant with its famous lotus effect. In the search for solutions to problems, natural systems are analyzed and applied to technical systems.

    Through hands-on courses taught by the world's leading experts, Soil Health Academy Participants learn how to increase profitability, enhance soil resilience, reduce input costs and improve the nutritional density of food and agricultural products.

    Holistic Planned Grazing

    This is literally a grass-roots movement. In contrast to permanent grazing, an ingenious rotation system relies on the entire grazing area being divided into plots that are grazed intensively one after the other, while the grass on the other plots is allowed to rest and consequently grow back in its entirety. Not only above ground, but especially in the root zone. The soil thus becomes continuously less liable to soil erosion, it becomes more resistant and better able to respond to changing environmental conditions. There are gradations of intensity in this system, depending on the existing conditions.

  • Seeding the Future

    The Soil Health Academy seminars - for better soils, high-yielding farmland, strong strategy in the barn, more quality for crops and meat

    Syntropie - Syntropische Landwirtschaft - Ernst Götsch

    Don't miss a moment - Ray Archuleta during his presentation, seen through the cell phone camera

    Syntropie - Syntropische Landwirtschaft - Ernst Götsch

    Counting worms - great fun not only for little boys. For adult farmers, it's proof of healthy soil life

    Syntropie - Syntropische Landwirtschaft - Ernst Götsch

    Plants - roots - soil - humus. During the field inspection, soil expert Ray Archuleta goes into detail

  • The one thing I want our students to go away with from our academies is: Hope.


    That they understand that they can do something differently. Not only like more money – far more money – from their operations. But significantly improve their quality of life and significantly improve the eco system around them.


    Dr. Allen Williams - Soil Health Academy

  • Info Material Soil Health Academy

    Learn more about the Soil Health Academy and the concepts

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    WWF-Video: How regenerative agriculture can help farmlands thrive and improve ecosystems

    Kiss the Ground Trailer

    Kiss the Ground Movie Trailer

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    Gabe Brown at The House Agriculture Committee

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    Treating the Farm as an Ecosystem with Gabe Brown Part 1, The 5 Tenets of Soil Health

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    SHA Report 2020

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