Farmland Transition Program

About the Transition Program

Since 2019, Kiss the Ground has supported 30 farmers and ranchers across California and Minnesota with soil health training, soil testing, and mentorship to adapt their management decisions to produce positive ecological, financial, and social outcomes aligned with the principles of regenerative agriculture.

Through this three year program, each producer will consider their unique context in which they are farming, and the values they prioritize as part of their operation. This process will help identify and clarify the interconnectedness of a holistic food system, through the lens of the individual producer, and reveal the unique potential they can each contribute to the revolution of our agricultural system.

In partnership with SoilLife, we collect a robust set of soil health indicators: pH, soil organic matter (SOM), available nitrogen, structure, texture, bulk density, water infiltration, and microbial biomass and diversity (PFLA).

Our aim is to help farmers and ranchers deeply understand and incorporate the principles of healthy soils, water cycles, nutrient cycles, and community dynamics into their decision making process and deepen our collective understanding of the needs and capacities inherent to different producers, systems, crops and regions. We hope this will create more thought leadership on the front line of soil health and regenerative agriculture, leading the way towards a new future of food production.

Transitioning the Ted Chamberlin Ranch

“Kiss the Ground’s farmland program has helped me connect with other like-minded farmers and ranchers who are looking to do things differently: to better the soil and the planet while being profitable.”

– Russell Chamberlin

Meet the Transition Program Farmers

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ANDERSON RANCH
Birds Landing, CA

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AVE 33 FARM
Los Angeles, CA

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BABY ROOT FARM
Camarillo, CA

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BE LOVE FARM
Vacaville, CA

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BRAMBLE TAIL HOMESTEAD
Sebastopol, CA

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CHAMBERLIN RANCH
Los Olivos, CA

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CUYAMA LAMB
Cuyama Valley, CA

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DINNER BELL FARM
Grass Valley, CA

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DUVARITA VINEYARD
Lompoc, CA

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FAT UNCLE FARMS
Wasco, CA

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FLANAGAN FARM
Bluffton, MN

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GAVIOTA GIVINGS
Goleta, CA

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MEDICINE CREEK FARM
Finlayson, MN

Mills Dairy Farm

MILLS DAIRY
Lake City, MN

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NUSS FARMS
Acampo, CA

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ORGANIC COMPOUND
Faribault, MN

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PT RANCH
Ione, CA

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SCHMITZ DAIRY
Cold Spring, MN

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SILKY COW FARM
St Charles, MN

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SPRING RISE
Verndale, MN

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TABLE BLUFF FARM
Loleta, CA

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THE ABUNDANT TABLE
Camarillo, CA

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WALTER ORGANIC FARM
Villard, MN

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WEISER FAMILY FARMS
Tehachapi, CA

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YISRAEL FAMILY FARM
Sacramento, CA

Farmer Stories

A New (Re)Generation

When Carrie Richards was growing up, she always had a feeling she’d end up taking over the ranch that her family had owned and operated since 1941.

Avenue 33 Farm

In this episode of GUESS Advocacy, farmers Ali Greer and Eric Tomassini share their story of ecosystem regeneration on Avenue 33 Farm.

Chamberlin Ranch

Learn more about carbon farming on California’s Central Coast and how compost application on managed rangeland can improve soil health.

Cuyama Lamb

This segment of ABC News highlights Cuyama Lamb and how their sheep offer a powerful service in fire fuel mitigation.

Organic Compound

Farmer Wil Crombie captures soil testing on his Minnesota farm, Organic Compound, in collaboration with the Sustainable Farming Association.

Farmland Fund

Help Kiss the Ground to further our work providing practical, on-the-ground resources to farmers and ranchers globally, by giving to the Farmland Fund. Your donation will provide scholarships for farmers to attend a soil health training and/or access to funding for regenerative projects.

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