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FILM on the FARM: KISS the Ground

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Local Farm Offers Wide Open Spaces and SLO County debut of Regenerative Farming Film

Now more than ever, people want to learn more about where their food comes from, how its grown, who their farmer is, how local products are made and how they affect our environment, our future.  FARMstead ED collaborates and cross-pollinates with farms, ranches & purveyors throughout SLO County, bringing farms and guests together to learn hands-on, how food gets to their table and how products are made for their daily living & enjoyment.  Their promotion of agricultural education continues with the presentation of Kiss the Ground, a documentary shining a light on regenerative agriculture. They are teaming up with local farmers to present the newly released film, Kiss the Ground, at Hartley Farms on Saturday October 24, 2020.  

This new film explores soil health and regenerative agricultural principles as a compelling and effective solution to our planet's climate crisis from a wide range of authors, experts, farmers, researchers and scientists.  Immediately following the screening, local farmers and agricultural advocates Raven Lukehart (Avila Valley Barn / Gopher Glen Apple Farm), Nathan Stuart (Tablas Creek Vineyard), Bill & Barbara Spencer (Windrose Farm), Christy Larsen (Vicarious Ranch) and Barbara Goodrich (Hartley Farms) will weigh in via discussion panel led by Brent Burchett of the SLO Co Farm Bureau.  This Tribeca Film Festival selection is directed by Rebecca Tickell and Josh Tickell (FUEL, PUMP, THE BIG FIX), narrated by Woody Harrelson and produced by Big Picture Ranch. 

“We are fortunate to be the first in SLO County to present this screening.  We appreciate our local farmers taking time out of their busy harvest schedules to join us for this educational opportunity”, says Lynette Sonne, founder of FARMstead ED & the new SLO Co Farm Trail.  “Our local food providers, coming together to share knowledge & experience with our community is precious, and to learn from each other is truly valuable to all.  Our goal for the take-away here is to open eyes, and swing open gates, to what is needed from, and for, our farmers, ranchers, processors and end consumers for a heathy food system & planet.  Let’s learn together how we can make positive change for our future.” 

Guest Speakers:

Raven Lukehart
Owner | Operator: Avila Valley Barn & Gopher Glen Apple Farm and Lecturer of Holistic Management at Cal Poly

Nathan Stuart
Shepherd at Tables Creek Vineyard

Bill & Barbara Spencer
Owners | Farmers | Stewards of the Land at Windrose Farm

Christy Larsen
Owner | Farmer | Baker at Vicarious Ranch

Barbara Goodrich
Owner | Farmer | Jammer at Hartley Farms

Screening Details:  Kiss the Ground

Moderated by Brent Burchett, Exec. Dir. SLO Co Farm Bureau


Date/Time: Saturday October 24, 2020

Gate opens at 6pm – Film starts at 7pm

Location: Hartley Farms, San Miguel, CA

Tickets: $10 per person available at

Note: Limited number of Tickets available and must be pre-purchased - Will NOT be sold at the door!

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