'Kiss the Ground', on Netflix, begins with the dust bowl disaster.
"Our farmers don’t really understand how soil works," says Ray Archuleta, Adviser with the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, the NCRS.
Ray has been with the Service for 31 years and is famous for his education of American farmers on regenerative farming. He was one of the early advisers to Gabe Brown, author of Dirt to Soil: One Family’s journey into Regenerative Agriculture.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service was set up by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s after the largest man-made natural disaster in the history of the United States of America, the Dust Bowl, when 200 million acres of fertile land lost its top soil due to poor farming practices.
"We want our farmers to work in co-operation with nature, not against her," said the US President at the time.
Netflix have used Woody Harrelson to front a one-and-a-half-hour film on the growing popularity of regenerative farming around the world and I recommend it.
My 12-year old sat down to watch Kiss the Ground with me last night and was hooked when Woody Harrelson, Haymitch Abernathy from The Hunger Games, came on to narrate. Still, at an hour-and-a-half it was too long for her. She lasted about 40 minutes.
Cameo appearances by Alan Savory and Gabe Brown compliment the good work Ray Archuleta does as the anchor.
Well worth watching and sharing with friends, and fellow farmers, although you will need a Netflix account to watch it.
See it here.
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