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:
Clean water. Healthy food. Drought resistance. Restored habitats.
Ryland told Finian Makepeace, childhood friend and professional musician, and together they began telling others about the power of healthy soil.
The inspired group of friends: filmmakers, marketing experts, restaurant owners, musicians, gardeners, designers, soil geeks, and activists began to meet once a week in Ryland’s living room, and Kiss the Ground was born.