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SOIL GUY

They call him the Soil Guy, and in his voice it sounds like “soul.” And it should, because Ray Archuleta is practically the Dalai Lama of modern regenerative agriculture. Or maybe the Lorax would be a more apt comparison, because like Dr. Seuss’s resilient environmentalist, Archuleta speaks for the Earth. His cries of “It’s alive!” when discussing soil ecology electrify his audiences—but he’ll be the first to tell you that saving the planet is a communal responsibility.

“Everything’s connected; everything’s one,” has become Archuleta’s motto. It’s immortalized in the upcoming documentary , which follows several pioneers working to restore Earth’s ecosystem, and Ray’s mission in regenerative techniques is one of those most lovingly chronicled. For thirty years he’s been a Conservation Agronomist for the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), where he “spent two

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