100% Healthy Soil & “Kiss the Ground” Documentary Discussion

Outdoor Ministry, Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ, and the Creation Justice Work Group of First Congregational UCC, Mankato are offering a free viewing of the documentary Kiss the Ground between April 1-10, with a panel discussion April 10 from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., featuring Amanda Kohler from the Land Stewardship Project, Rep. Todd Lippert, and a Minnesota farmer (who have presented the 100% Healthy-Soil Farm Bill to the Minnesota Legislature). You can send questions for the panelists to sherin@uccmn.org. There will also be time to ask more questions during the discussion.

About the Documentary

Right now, soil might be the last thing on your mind. But when the future of our planet and humankind is at stake, nothing may be more important than regenerating the ground beneath us. We’re in need of a kind of hope we’ve never felt before. Kiss the Ground unveils a game-changer to our climate crisis: the Earth’s own soil. This film is creating a movement to solve one of our greatest challenges: balancing the climate and securing our future.

Kiss the Ground is a highly acclaimed regenerative agriculture documentary, beautifully filmed and narrated by Woody Harrelson. Leading experts in medicine, agronomy, agriculture, atmospheric, geologic, environmental, and biological sciences and conservation define sobering realities regarding the current health of our planet. The dire challenges are real; but so is a very real and promising remedy: regenerative agriculture.  The film lifts up the power of farmers to protect our planet’s atmosphere while growing nutritious food, “like nature does,” in a way that builds living, healthy soil, sequesters carbon, and cleans and stores precious, fresh water.

Conservation agronomist Ray Archuleta and regenerative farmer Gabe Brown illustrate the environmental and economic challenges we face globally and reveal farmers’ capacity to heal the planet, while at the same time thriving in their farm and ranch operations. They define the principles of building soil health: no-till, cover cropping, perennials, trees, and animal integration. Gabe Brown shares his own story about transitioning from conventional commodity production when he was at the point of losing his entire operation, to regenerative practices.

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