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Alex Woodard

Author of, Ordinary Soil, a novel
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"Ordinary Soil brings to haunting life the desperate realities of the American heartland, but also offers a glimpse into a better future… a call to action for all of us." – Woody Harrelson

Ordinary Soil is an extraordinary work of historical fiction by critically acclaimed author and singer songwriter, Alex Woodard, written in collaboration with triple board-certified medical doctor turned regenerative agriculture warrior, Zach Bush, MD. The story digs deep into the haunting legacy of a hardworking farming family in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Author, Alex Woodard

A terrorized, addicted farmer attempts suicide under a rotting elm tree on the burial ground of his Choctaw ancestry. His failed attempt unearths his family’s dark history, exposing diseased generational roots of abuse and abandonment – both of man and of the land. But strength, light, and hope also await, deep in the ordinary soil.


The book balances lyrical, powerful storytelling with deliberately researched historical

themes, bringing narrative life to generations of farming families that suffer silently. Woodard brilliantly weaves together a tale of humanity with startling glimpses into the tragic and beautiful relationship between planet and human.


With an afterword by Dr. Zach Bush, this unique telling brings to the forefront dark realities of America’s Heartland with an urgent call to action and hope for a better future for all.  READ AN EXCERPT HERE.


“An epic, beautiful, and compelling story, rich in plot and characters, with a powerful message that needs to be heard by all of us.” – Randy Zisk, Producer/Director East New York, The Blacklist, Monk, The Mentalist, NCIS, NYPD Blue, The Blacklist, Grey’s Anatomy


"Beautifully written… captivates readers with an urgent call to action and a message of pure hope. Woodard eloquently weaves a tale of relatable humanity that inspires us all to embrace our connection to the earth."
– Evan Harrison, CEO of Kiss the Ground


“Captivating… an essential love story between earth and human.”
– Jay Naidoo, Cabinet Minister for Nelson Mandela and Chairman of the UN Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition


“A fantastic read, skillfully revealing the realities of the long-lasting impact of our corporate controlled Farmacy.” 
-RC Carter, Carter Country Meats



Readers' Favorite 

Ordinary Soil is one of those special bodies of work that encapsulates literary fiction through the remarkable use of different mediums to convey a thought-provoking and moving central message. Heartfelt. Insightful. Very highly recommended.  (read the full review)


  • The desperation of rural America and the American heartland (mentally and ecologically)

  • Our food, our land, and our health is a human issue, not political

  • The importance of community for health, well being, survival

  • Reconnection of humans and the planet

  • Going back to ancestral ways of living in modern times

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By Alex Woodard

Hardcover, $26.95

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group


Publication date: October 3, 2023

ISBN: 979-8886451047

Available everywhere books are sold


Barnes and Noble


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Book proceeds go to Farmer’s Footprint, a non-profit founded by Zach Bush and a coalition of farmers, educators, doctors, scientists, and business leaders aiming to expose the human and environmental impacts of chemical farming and offer a path forward through regenerative agricultural practices. More about the book at

About the Author

ALEX WOODARD has toured nationally behind several critically acclaimed albums, earning a few prestigious industry nods while sharing the stage with some of his heroes. His For the Sender book, album, and concert series garnered praise from Huffington Post, Ellen DeGeneres, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer, and Billboard magazine, among others. Alex lives with four horses, two dogs, two chickens, and two beautiful humans on a small ranch near the California coast. More at

Afterword by ZACH BUSH, MD
Zach Bush MD is a triple board-certified physician, internationally recognized educator and thought leader on the microbiome as it relates to health, disease, and food systems. Dr Zach founded the nonprofit Farmer’s Footprint to develop root-cause solutions for human and ecological health. He is passionate about highlighting the need for a radical departure from chemical farming and pharmacy, and his ongoing efforts are providing a path for consumers, farmers, and mega-industries to work together for a healthy future for people and planet. More at

For interviews, contact Carina Sammartino, carina(at)

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