Resources to Accompany the film, "Kiss the Ground"

Watch the film and click here for more information about our upcoming Zoom discussion. Continue the conversation by checking out the following resources, compiled by Marcy Lagerloef.

Resources to Accompany "Kiss the Ground" film

An article by Leah Penniman, author of Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation of the Land, highlighting the relationship of black people with the soil since ancient times, and their sense of its sacredness and healing.

Discussion of what indigenous people have done for a long time, that is left out of “Kiss the Ground” and focused on in the film, “Gather.”

The film mentioned in the Mother Jones article, focused on indigenous peoples regenerating their relationship to their land, food, and culture.  (Available on Amazon Prime)

Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, WSU

Gabe Brown

Site of information on the WA Soil Health Initiative begun in 2019.

Website for a non-profit organization researching and developing food production methods that sustain the land and soil.

A 4 minute version of the key point of how plants store carbon in the soil.  

Webinar with the “Kiss the Ground” movie director, the director of Interfaith Power and Light, the director of Faith in Place, and the pastor of a church in Chicago that partnered with a synagogue to create a Peace Garden.  -- petition to Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack to prioritize USDA resources for those farmers who need them most and can transition the quickest to climate-friendly farming.

Living Downstream  -- book by Sandra Steingraber about tracing the likely cause of her early bladder cancer to pollutants in the soil and groundwater from industrial agriculture, and her discovery of the extent of our post-WWII history of chemically-supported agriculture and reliance on application of herbicides and pesticides.

The Wild Life of our Bodies – book by Dr. Rob Dunn, with an eye-opening description of the  abundant gut flora in our bodies and how that co-dependence is essential for our health.

Eating on the Wild Side   -- book by Jo Robinson, Vashon Is. author, on how to choose the most nutritious varieties of fruits and vegetables, with surprising tips on how to store and prepare them to retain their nutritional value

Growing a Revolution – Bringing our Soil Back to Life – a book by UW professor David Montgomery

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming – edited by Paul Hawken

Mycorrhizal Planet – How Symbiotic Fungi Work with Roots to Support Plant Health and Build Soil Fertility – book by Michael Phillips unveiling the amazing world of what goes on beneath our feet