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 a group of friends: filmmakers, marketing experts, restaurant owners, gardeners, designers, soil geeks, and activists who began to meet once a week in Ryland’s living room, and Kiss the Ground was born.


Inspiring participation in global regeneration, starting with soil.

  • Feb 2013

    Ryland is inspired by HEALTHY SOIL and how it can balance the climate.
    He tells Finian.
    They share it with friends.

  • JUL 2013

    First meeting with City Hall of Los Angeles

  • JUL-SEPT 2013

    Pop up garden in Venice, CA where
    Kiss the Ground begins to share soil
    with the community

  • NOV 2013

    Kiss the Ground is founded

  • APR 2014

    • Help write the language for LA waste hauler bill
    • Break ground on permanent Kiss the Ground garden in Venice
  • SEPT 2014

    Kiss the Ground becomes 501c3 nonprofit

  • JAN 2015

    Hosts healthy soils meeting in
    Sacramento with NRCS, CDFA, RCD’s

  • FEB 2015

    Co-sponsor and presenter at G3’s Soil
    Conference in Los Angeles

  • MAR 2015

    Present at Marianne Williamsons’s
    Sister Giant Conference

  • SEPT 2015

    Present at Soil Not Oil Conference
    with Organic Consumers Association
    and Nutiva

  • JUN 2015

    • Attends founding meeting of Regeneration International
    • Begin work on Kiss the Ground documentary
  • AUG 2015

    The Soil Story campaign launches-
    400,000 views and 21,000 signatures
    gathered for CA Healthy Soils Act

  • OCT 2015

    • Present Savory International Conference
    • The Soil Story Nominated for Best Animated short at Environmental Media Awards
  • May 2016

    TedEx UCLA

  • AUG 2016

    Present at Depak Chopra’s Sages and
    Scientists Conference

  • SETP 2016

    Present at National Heirloom Expo

  • OCT 2016

    Storytelling team releasing regular weekly media content.

  • NOV 2016

    Present at COP22 Marakesh and
    Summit at Sea

  • DEC 2016

    Kiss the Ground
    book deal signed with
    Simon and Schuster

  • JAN 2017

    Keynote at US Composting Council

  • MAR 2017

    Expo West: panel + film screening,
    key strategic partner lunch in

  • APR 2017

    Presentation Earth X Texas
    (worlds largest Eartday)

  • MAY 2017

    Launched The Compost Story

  • JUN 2017

    The Soil Story at Areday film festival

  • SEPT 2017

    Presentations at Heirloom Festival and
    soil Not Oil.

  • OCT 2017

    • Launched pilot program for The Soil Story Curriculum
    • Supported and guided Summit DTLA to base there food program around Regenerative Agriculture
    • Engaged Tom Brady and Gisle Bunchon in being a Voice for Kiss The Ground
  • Nov 2017

    Co-Launched Kiss The Ground the
    book – Best seller on 4 categories on

  • DEC 2017

    Conscious Captitalism

  • JAN 2018

    Ian Somerhalder signs on as
    Kiss the Ground Ambassador

  • FEB 2018

    • Lauren at Food Tank Summit
    • Dr. Bronner’s bottle labels include messaging for Kiss the Ground


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