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Kansas Alliance for Wetlands & Streams (KAWS), a nonprofit organization working to connect the waters, lands, and people of Kansas, along with Great Plains Regeneration (GPR) will host ‘Kiss the Ground’ Netflix Star, Ray Archuleta on Saturday, August 21st at 6 pm at Abe & Jake’s Landing in Lawrence, Kansas. This fundraising event celebrates the partnership of KAWS & GPR and seeks to launch conversation between the community and using soil health as a viable climate solution. Learn more: https://greatplainsregen.org/kiss-the-ground-for-soil

“Kiss the Ground” is a new, feature-length movie that explores key soil health and regenerative agricultural principles, and features interviews with a wide range of authors, experts, farmers, researchers, and scientists. The movie proposes that by regenerating the world’s soils, humans can rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. The film uses creative graphics and visuals, along with NASA and NOAA footage, to illustrate how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, many of humankind’s most pressing climate and environmental problems can be solved. Until recently, however, the role of soil and of grazing animals have been the two missing pieces of the climate puzzle.

Ray Archuleta is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America with over 30 years of experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). After retirement Ray founded Understanding Ag, LLC, and Soil Health Academy, LLC, to teach Biomimicry strategies and Agroecology principles for improving soil function on a national scale. Ray also owns and operates a 150-acre farm near Seymour, Missouri that he operates along with his wife and family.

Join the fun Saturday, August 21st beginning at 6 pm at Abe & Jake’s Landing in Lawrence, KS. alongside premier sponsor Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe. Listen to live music from local musician, Sky Smeed will entertain the socially distanced, limited attendance crowd. Local food will be provided by Biemer’s BBQ and local beer from Willcott Brewing Company will delight your taste buds! Watch portions of the film, ‘Kiss the Ground’, hear from local farmer speakers, Candy Thomas, NRCS, and a keynote address by Ray Archuleta. Many prizes will be won along with games and a silent auction. At this time, the event will take place, as planned, adhering to local and state mandates. However, if you are sick or feeling you are getting sick, we ask that you please stay home. Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting KAWS info@kaws.org