John E. Peck, Family Farm Defenders, & Lynn Utesch, Guardians of the Field Farm

“Kiss the Ground”: Regenerating the World’s Soils to Combat Climate Change

Watch the discussion led by John E. Peck, Family Farm Defenders and Lynn Utesch, Guardians of the Field Farm
Wednesday, April 20, 6:00 PM (US Central Time)
Online via Zoom

Kiss the Ground reveals that, by regenerating the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. Using compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, the film artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle. This movie is positioned to catalyze a movement to accomplish the impossible to solve humanity’s greatest challenge, to balance the climate and secure our species future.

John E. Peck has been the executive director of Family Farm Defenders for two decades and teaches Economics and Environmental Studies at Madison College (PhD UW-Madison EIS-Land Resources 2004).  For the past five years he has also co-operated Yellow Dog Flowers and Produce, farming two acres near Edgerton, WI with his partner.  He has long been involved in the broader food sovereignty, agroecology, and climate justice movement, and attended COP 15 in Copenhagen in 2009 as a delegate for La Via Campesina – North America.

Lynn Utesch lives in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, where he owns and operates Guardians of the Field Farm, raising 100% grass fed beef, with his herd of shorthorn cattle, utilizing rotational grazing methods on 150 acres. Lynn is married to his wife, Nancy, and has five children. For the past 25 years Lynn has been active in continuing education and events highlighting sustainable farming practices, animal husbandry, and protection of our natural resources, most notably water, at both state and local levels. Guardians of the Field Farm has hosted several educational events and presentations, pasture walks, and farm to fork dinners supporting local, organic farmers and their products.

READINGS:

“Soil Carbon Restoration: Can Biology Do the Job?”
“How Agriculture Can Help Clean Up Our Water & Head Off Climate Catastrophe”
“Over 200 Organizations Reject ‘Growing Climate Solutions Act’”
“Why Carbon Markets Won’t Work for Agriculture”
“The Myth of Climate Smart Agriculture – Why Less Bad Isn’t Good”
“From Traditional Practice to Top Climate Solution, Agroecology Gets Growing Attention”