A Worthy KAWS

KAWS and GPR announce partnership and fundraising event

June 17, 2021, HOLTON, KS  Kansas Alliance for Wetlands & Streams (KAWS), a nonprofit organization working to connect the waters, lands, and people of Kansas, announces partnership with Great Plains Regeneration (GPR) and fundraising event in Lawrence, Kansas on August 21st titled Kiss the Ground For Soil Regeneration. Since 1996, KAWS has incorporated conservation practices that improve downstream water quality with a mission to enhance waters that are clean, plentiful and protected, lands that are prosperous for people and wildlife, and people who are knowledgeable in sustaining natural resources. KAWS is excited to partner with GPR.  Aaron Deters, KAWS’ Executive Director, explains, “Water quality is a direct benefit of improved soil health and regenerative agriculture. By partnering with GPR, we’re able to further execute our mission in Kansas.”

Implementing water quality improvements on a watershed-scale is a primary objective of KAWS to connect the waters, lands and people of Kansas.

Great Plains Regeneration is a liaison between small and large stakeholders and the farming community to allocate resources for regional food-system development to increase new market opportunities for local producers while increasing overall soil health.  GPR believes healthy soil creates healthy plants, healthy animals, and healthy people.  Executive Director and Co-Founder Jessica Gnad expanded, “GPR will initiate programming with producer-to-producer educational events, watershed restoration pilot projects incorporating holistic grazing techniques, and new market development for products grown on regenerative farmers.  These programs complement existing work by KAWS, and I’m excited to watch both organizations flourish.”

GPR Executive Director, Jessica Gnad, attends a training session on incorporating holistic grazing techniques led by Ray Archuleta.

KAWS and GPR will host a fundraising event celebrating this partnership on August 21st, 2021, at Abe & Jake’s Landing in Lawrence, KS featuring Ray Archuleta from Understanding Ag, Candy Thomas for the NRCS, the film Kiss The Ground, and local musician, Sky Smeed.  Local beer produced by Willcott Brewing Company will feature a new beer made from Kansas-grown regenerative ingredients.

Limited tickets are currently available along with sponsorship and vendor opportunities at  https://greatplainsregen.org/kiss-the-ground-for-soil or info@kaws.org