The Kiss the Ground Farmland Program funds farmer training programs and supports producers in transitioning landscapes and adopting management practices aligned with the principles of regenerative agriculture. Funded by a combination of donations, grants, and collaborations between local farms and restaurants, the program is advancing ecological farming principles and practices including no-till agriculture, cover cropping, and adaptive managed grazing.
Leveraging the power of community, the Farmland Program provides producer scholarships, free soil testing, and ongoing consulting services. Working with local California farmers and ranchers committed to shifting their operations and having a direct impact in their communities, the scholarship fund is focused on empowering leading land stewards to make change across the state. Expanding the work of educational institutions dedicated to soil health and improving the carrying capacity of our nation’s pastures and arable landscapes, The Farmland Program is removing some of the financial barriers to regenerating land.
Good Culture is an organic and non-GMO cottage cheese brand dedicated to supporting farmers and sourcing whole milk from grass-fed, pasture raised, and rBST-free cows. In December, a generous grant from Good Culture to the Farmland Program paid for eight farmers to participate in intensive soil health workshops led by both the Soil Health Institute and the Savory Institute.
Thanks to Good Culture, six farmers were sponsored to attend the Soil Health Academy 3-day course, and two ranchers were selected to attend the Savory Institute’s 3-day Holistic Managed Grazing course. Each workshop participant was identified based on their position within the California landscape of growers, the diversity of the products produced on their land, and their capacity to shift operations to better align with regenerative principles.
Each of the two workshops were led by educators including Ray Archuleta, Gabe Brown, and Allen Williams, and participants delved into topics like compounding, diversity, disruption, cover cropping, and Gabe Brown’s 5 principles of soil health (less disturbance, soil armor, increased biodiversity, living roots, and animal impact).
Thanks to Good Culture’s contribution, Kiss the Ground’s Farmland Program is helping to bring about a new transformation in agriculture—one focused on building soil and supporting small-scale producers and rural communities. After all, our farmers don’t just produce the food that we eat. They are also some of our most important and influential community members shaping how we relate to and interact with nature.
By supporting and empowering our farmers and ranchers, we can accelerate this revolutionary movement to rebuild soils, sequester carbon, restore water cycles, and ultimately improve food security and the functioning of our natural ecosystems.
The Kiss the Ground Farmland Program funds training and soil testing that supports producers (farmers and ranchers) in transitioning landscapes and adopting management practices aligned with the principles of regenerative agriculture.