The essence of the work of Kiss the Ground is this deep reverence for life. A conversation about ecology, soil, trees, and all the layers of the biology and living things that contribute to our existence. Interconnection and love of the world. Hosted by Ryland Engelhart www.kisstheground.com
The Importance of Fungi W/ Michael Amaranthus
Welcome everyone to another episode of Kiss the Ground. Today’s guest is a very fun guy, Dr. Michael Amaranthus, a USDA forest service soil ecologist who retired from the USFS to start his own biotech company called Mycorrhizal Applications. Mycorrhizal is a relationship between fungi and plants to increase water and nutrients to the plant while providing carbohydrates to the fungi. Today, Michael is here to chat about his journey to discovering the benefits of fungi, what this process looks like, and how it can affect climate change.
Home in This World: Woody Guthrie’s Dustbowl Ballads W/ Randall Poster
Randall Poster is an American music supervisor and a longtime collaborator with film director Wes Anderson. For anyone not familiar with what a music supervisor does, he’s the person who selects the songs to play during a movie, television show, or commercial. Some of Randall’s credits include “Skyfall,” The Wolf of Wallstreet, and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Randall recently collaborated with Kiss the Ground on a new project called “Home in This World: Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads.” It’s a track-by-track recreation of Guthrie’s 1940 “Dust Bowl Ballads” album, a collection of songs about the economical hardships of the Great Depression. Randall recruited a diverse group of artists to revamp the tracks on the record while maintaining the same message: Take care of the earth before it’s too late.
Paleo Diet Solutions W/ Autumn Smith
Today’s guest is Autumn Smith, a mother, co-founder of Paleovalley, certified eating psychology coach, former fitness trainer, yogi, and all-around wellness warrior.
She started Paleovalley with her husband Chas, his brother Matt and their good friend Matthew after suffering from acute digestive issues since she was a kid. Together, they discovered that good food is truly the key to thriving health, a revelation they were determined to share with the world. Paleovalley creates products free from problematic ingredients and only includes ingredients to help you feel your best.
Today, Autumn is here to discuss her dietary journey, the vital role food plays in our mental health, and how regenerative agriculture is imperative to gain the nutrients needed to stay tuned. Eat well. And live vibrantly.
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Regenerative Design W/ Stephen Brooks
Today Ryland chats with Stephen Brooks, a self-trained ethnobotanist and an eco-community creator. Alongside his father Norman, Stephen has created several ecological communities in Costa Rica like Punta Mona, Alegria Village, and La Ecovilla, just to name a few. Stephen’s communities have touched the lives of thousands of visitors and students, and even made an appearance in the Netflix show “Down to Earth” with Zac Efron.
Regenerative Hemp W/ Onda Wellness Founder Stephen Smith
Onda is a regenerative hemp and herb company dedicated to using regenerative agriculture to create the cleanest possible plant medicine. Onda's CEO, Stephen explains the diverse uses of the hemp crop, how he kickstarted his company, and how he keeps their farming values a top priority while running his business.
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We Are What We Eat W/ Alice Waters
Alice Waters is the chef and founder of Chez Panisse, a restaurant in Berkley, California famous for creating the farm-to-table experience, and her work with the Edible Schoolyard Initiative and her own School Lunch Initiative has served as an inspiration to many. She even inspired Michelle Obama’s White House organic vegetable garden program.
Today, Alice is here to chat about her trip to France that sparked her love for food, how that led her to open a restaurant that serves organically and regeneratively grown produce, and her life-long efforts to inspire others to rethink their relationship with food.
You can find a list of her books here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/75571/alice-waters/
Eye Opening & Enlightening!
So much of the “green” movement historically has been couched in terms of sacrifice; the question being “what are you willing to give up to save the planet?” Kiss the Ground as an organization turns that on its head. Current science *proves* the health of the planet’s organisms from micro to macro, are inextricably linked. We are not separate from nature. We can impose our own order, but cannot enact new laws. The Kiss the Ground podcast educates in a way that empowers the listener to make healthier choices in life, for the benefit of every living thing, shifting the question from “what will you sacrifice for the planet” to “what are you willing to settle for?” I can’t recommend this podcast highly enough.
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Ryland and guests doing what’s right for this planet! Thursday’s with kiss the ground!