Traditional farming practices have neglected the benefit of healthy soil and have relied on synthetic fertilizer and frequent broadcast applications of herbicides and insecticides. These practices render the soil lifeless and the landscape becomes dependent on chemical applications. Adding vital organic matter to the soil enhances its microbial populations, which is the life of the soil. This practice, in additional to rotational grazing, ensures our animals always have a healthy variety of necessary greens in their diet. Our vegetables, herbs, and flowers also benefit from the model of holistic regeneration and integration in our land use.
Gabe Brown gives an interesting talk on Keys to Building a Healthy Soil.