We Can Do This Podcast, Kiss The Ground’s weekly conversation about how we can participate in the healing of our Earth and ourselves as we are one and the same. Each week Kiss the Ground’s Co-Founder and Executive Director, Ryland Engelhart & Partnership Development Lead, Jessica Handy welcome thought-leaders who bring light to what’s possible in the movement to regenerate our planet and beyond. 

On this episode, we welcome Michael Martinez, the founder and executive director of LA Compost, whose work is also featured in KISS THE GROUND Movie, now streaming on Neflix. LA Compost is a group that educates Angelenos about turning food waste into a natural resource through workshops, after school programs, and events. L.A. Compost is working to create a strategic program that will keep food waste out of landfills, provide quality soil to community gardens, and educate the community about completing the farm to table to soil circle. Learn more about their work at www.lacompost.org.

Having performed at the Obama White House and been featured in Oprah Magazine and on the Rachael Ray Show, Dr. Ietef “DJ Cavem” Vita became known as more than just a rapper — but an activist, educator and vegan chef. Now, several years after the release of The Produce Section, his award-winning album that fused hip hop with lessons on eco-friendliness, Cavem has shifted his focus to new material. His latest project BIOMIMICZ is being released as an album/seed pack to get people involved and spur listeners into action.

John Kempf believes regenerative agriculture management systems can regenerate producer profitability and create economic incentives for producers, produce crops that are inherently resistant to possible infections by insects, bacteria, fungi, nematodes and viruses, eliminating the need for pesticides. He also believes that we can produce food that can regenerate public health, with an elevated content of immune compounds that transfer plant immunity to livestock and people, providing food as medicine. 

Naima Penniman is a multi-dimensional artist, movement builder, healer, grower and educator committed to planetary health and community resilience. She is the Program Director at SOUL FIRE FARM, where she coordinates Afro-Indigenous farming immersions and workshops to equip hundreds of adults and youth annually with the land-based skills needed to reclaim leadership as farmers and food justice organizers in their communities, to heal their relationship with earth, and to imagine bolder futures. 

Dr. Vandana Shiva & Farmer Rishi discuss healing through gardening, why our connection to soil and plants just may be the most important connection there is. You don’t want to miss this one. 

David Bronner is Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO) of Dr. Bronner’s, the top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America and producer of a range of organic body care and food products. He is a grandson of company founder, Emanuel Bronner, and a fifth-generation soapmaker. Today, David is helping to lead the effort to establish the Regenerative Organic Certified standard, dedicating time and resources to creating an integrated, comprehensive program that addresses soil health, animal welfare, and fair labor practices to advance sustainable and ecological alternatives to industrial agriculture.

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning producer, director and cinematographer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

As the only filmmaker in the world who has been shooting time-lapse 24/7 continuously for over four decades, Schwartzberg is a visual artist breaking barriers, connecting with audiences, and telling stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature, people and places.

Leila Salazar-López is a mother; proud Chicana-Latina woman; and passionate defender of Mother Earth, the Amazon, indigenous rights and climate justice. Since 2015 she has served as the Executive Director of Amazon Watch, leading the organization in its work to protect and defend the bio-cultural and climate integrity of the Amazon rainforest by advancing indigenous peoples’ rights, territories, and solutions. 

Ryland Engelhart welcomes guests Rudy Marchesi and Dr. Thimmaiah who are both featured in Kiss the Ground’s newest short film: Biodynamic Agriculture: Farming in Service of Life. We’ll be discussing the philosophies and practices of Biodynamic Agriculture and provide podcast viewers with an exclusive premiere of this short film.

Doniga Markegard comes to ranching with a background in nature and permaculture. This has given her a perspective on the real risks that we are facing as a species. In her youth she was mentored by some of the leading wildlife trackers, naturalists and Native spiritual elders. She spent years alone and with a small group of passionate youth in the Western Washington Wilderness learning the ways of the ancestors, immersing in nature, bird language, survival skills and wildlife tracking.

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.

Kiss the Ground Co-Founder and Executive Director, Ryland Engelhart welcomes author, philosopher and advisor, Charles Eisenstein to talk about the possibility that arises for ourselves, the Earth and all of humanity when we encourage our heart to lead the way.

Finian Makepeace hosts long time friends of Kiss the Ground and Earth Activists, Rosario Dawson & Adrian Grenier. We dive into the resurgence of “The Victory Garden,” composting (Adrian and Rosario star in KTG’s The Compost Story!), what you can do right now to integrate regenerative practices into your life, and how to empower yourself as a soil advocate.

In this episode, we welcome Dr. Mark Hyman as we dive into the topic of resiliency, from the farm to the community, to ourselves. Dr. Mark Hyman is leading a health revolution—one revolved around using food as medicine to support longevity, energy, mental clarity, happiness, and so much more. Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in the field of Functional Medicine. He is the founder and director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, a thirteen-time New York Times bestselling author, and Board President for Clinical Affairs for The Institute for Functional Medicine.