OUR WORK


When Kiss the Ground was founded we had one goal: share the big idea that building healthy soil can be a solution to the climate crisis. Now, our work spans 5 programs all working toward our mission: inspiring participation in the global movement to restore soils.Your contributions directly support our programs as well as our management staff.

In addition to our program work, our team is strategically involved in many national and international coalitions and advocacy work toward our main goal: increase soil carbon & biodiversity on 500m acres of land by 2050
(Focused on N. America)





Storytelling


The story of building healthy soil and humanity becoming regenerative stewards of the land is an inspiring story that we are committed to telling. From short videos, to our full length documentary with executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, to our high level presentations and open source material, we continue to create media that brings attention and helps make this “new view” more available to the world. We’ve recently added a speaker training course to help soil advocates from around the world better communicate these ideas.

The storytelling program includes:
Videos, Infographics, Photos, Book, Stories, & Blogs, New! Speaker Training Course.

Contact storytelling: for general questions or to book Kiss the Ground for a speaking engagement please email us. To get involved as a contributor, email Finian. To take a speaker training course email here.


 

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Education


Our goal is to increase soil health literacy for all children, teens and adults so that, globally, individuals can develop a deep understanding of the important role soil plays on the planet, which in turn will cultivate empathy and behavioral changes.

We teamed up with Life Lab to develop a middle school curriculum that allows students to understanding vital role soil plays on our planet. The 5-lesson curriculum, written to serve as supplemental material for the Next Generation Science Standards, teaches about the carbon cycle, photosynthesis, soil science, various agricultural practices, and concludes with a regenerative soil-based project.

Download Curriculum

We are working hard to have this curriculum in every US state and translated for global distribution.
To become a launch partner email Jessica.




Farmland


We support the development of landscapes by funding training programs for farmers to transition to management practices that work with the principles of regenerative agriculture.

Specifically, we connect restaurants and their customers to farmers and landscapes. With partnering restaurants, we’ll tell the story of sourcing “Regenerative”* Crops – through menu item/items. Proceeds from these items will go towards a scholarship fund that provides an opportunity for farmers to access education, training, and ongoing technical support, with the intention of transitioning more landscapes into management that works with the Principles of Regenerative Agriculture**.

This program establishes partnerships with educators, trainers, and research institutions who will provide the resources to support our country’s farmers, ranchers, and land stewards.

To get involved in the Farmland Program, please email Jesse.

Download the document.





Garden


As we work globally, we also act locally. In our community of Venice, CA we have turned a piece of city land into an urban regenerative garden. We host events, classes, work days, and a job-training internship for homeless youth. The garden is open to the public and serves to demonstrate how public space can be used in support of communities living regeneratively.

Our primary effort is the Internship for Homeless Youth, coordinated in association with our community partner, The Safe Place for Youth (SPY), and made possible by grants from the County of Los Angeles’ Food for the Soul Program and Patagonia Santa Monica. The program offers job training, skills, and personal development, covering an entire growing season over the course of six months.

Want to Volunteer? We welcome volunteers to help maintain the garden; work days are usually held on Saturdays from 9:30am-12:30pm — please email us to confirm dates and attendance.
Want to host an event, dinner, performance, or workshop? Email us.


 

Business


We work with farms and brands to facilitate the transformation from conventional food systems (characterized by industrial agriculture: soil degrading practices, fossil fuel dependence, toxic chemical use, worker exploitation, and inhuman animal welfare) to regenerative food systems (based on biomimicry, renewable energy, a commitment to fair working conditions, soil restoration, and climate change reversal).

We teach the benefits of investing in regenerative practices and supply lines, and provide connections to the consultants and resources needed to guide the development and creation of healthy soil commitments.

Regenerative Agriculture Literature Review (2018 release): We’re consolidating the current knowledge on regenerative agriculture and its social, economic, and environmental impacts into one report.

Regenerative Case Studies (mid 2018 release): We’re putting together case studies to demonstrate how small, medium, and large brands and farmers across various regions, climates, and soil types are successfully engaging and investing in regenerative agriculture.

Regenerative Business Case (mid 2018 release): We’re collecting statistics to support the market opportunity of regenerative agriculture, and also identifying how farmers and brands might mitigate investment risks.

To get involved in the Business Program, please email Annie.

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