In the Spring of 2013, Ryland Engelhart, Co-Owner of Cafe Gratitude, heard about soil as a solution to climate change from Graeme Sait, a farming educator, at a conference in New Zealand.
Ryland learned that building healthy soil has the miraculous ability to sequester carbon from the atmosphere, and knew in his heart it was a story that had to be shared with the world. And it’s not just carbon storage; the ways that soil stands to positively impact lives of billions worldwide are tangible and immediate: replenished water cycles, restored fertility, regenerated ecosystems. Ryland told Finian Makepeace, childhood friend and professional musician, and together they began telling others about the power of healthy soil.They inspired group of friends: filmmakers, marketing experts, restaurant owners, gardeners, designers, soil geeks, and activists began to meet once a week in Ryland’s living room, and Kiss the Ground was born.

According to the UN we have less than 60 harvests left. In the United States on average we are losing 4 tons of topsoil per acre, per year on our cropland.

Soil degradation leads to:

less nutritious food
reduced water infiltration
loss of biodiversity
smaller farm profits
carbon release
extreme weather events
heat island effect

The good news

We can build back our soil by supporting its biological life, leading to:

Biodiverse, thriving ecosystems

Water infiltration
(drought resistance)

Increased prosperity for farmers

A healthy carbon cycle

Nutritious food

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