Pay Dirt by J. I. Rodale, copyright 1945. Forward by Albert Howard, author of An Agricultural Testament, copyright 1940.
From the introduction by Howard,
"A revolution in farming and in gardening is in progress all over the world. If I were asked to sum up in a few words the basis of this movement and the general results that are being obtained, I should reply that a fertile soil is the foundation of healthy crops, healthy live stock, and last be not least healthy human beings. By a fertile soil is meant one to which Nature's law of return has been faithfully applied, so that it contains an adequate amount of freshly prepared humus made in the form of compost from both vegetable and animals wastes."
A good rabbit hole to fall into, to learn more about Rodale, Howard, and all those others who preached "compost" to any who would listen or read.
Pay dirt, indeed.