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.



  • 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

  • NOV 2013

    Kiss the Ground is founded

  • JUL-SEPT 2013

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

  • APR 2014

    Kiss the Ground helps write 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

    Host healty soils meeting in sacramnto 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

    Kiss the Ground 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 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

    Kiss the Ground media established; releasing one video a week online

  • NOV 2016

    Present at COP22 Marakesh and Summit at Sea

  • DEC 2016

    Kiss the Ground book deal signed with simon and Schuster

  • JAN 2017

    Presents Keynote at US Composting Council Launched “Hundreds of Ways to kiss the Ground” campaign weekly video and media content.

  • 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 + soil Not Oil. Tom Brady and Gisle Bunchon filmed for Kiss The Ground.

  • OCT 2017

    Launched pilot progrsm 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 Amazon.

  • 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 Gournd starring Rosario Dawson, Adrian Grenier and more.


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