On EcoRadio KC host Terri Wilke will speak with her guest Rebecca Harrell Tickell, Director of the documentary Common Ground which is showing in the Kansas City area.  Rebecca and her husband, Josh Tickell, are founders of Big Picture Ranch, their film production company located in Ojai, California.  Big Picture Ranch creates content that changes the global narrative around important environmental issues. Filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival with their first film FUEL, premiered their oil spill documentary THE BIG FIX as an official selection at Cannes, and are launching their first scripted feature film, HEARTLAND soon.  They created the recent global Netflix hit, Kiss the Ground.

Today, Rebecca and Josh live with their two children on a working ranch near Santa Barbara. They are committed to lives of optimal health for themselves, their children, and the planet.


COMMON GROUND explores how many of the problems that ail humans – from cancer to climate change – may be connected to the state of the world’s soil. Independent farmers who’ve changed their techniques to match the methods used by Indigenous populations in centuries past demonstrate how people can potentially save the planet just by changing how we grow food. There were special panel events recently when Common Ground had its Kansas City opening.  Part of the genius of the film Common Ground is that it entertains the viewer as s/he watches an interesting story unfold while the film establishes the need to change farming methods based on fact.


In the second part of the hour, Terri will speak with Ray Archuleta, a soil scientist featured in Common Ground.  Ray Archuleta is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America and he worked over 30 years as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). After his retirement from the NRCS, Ray founded Soil Health Academy, LLC, to teach Agroecology principles for improving soil function on a national scale. Ray also owns and operates a family farm near Seymour, Missouri.


The premise of Common Ground is that there are three parts to soil regeneration, first, no tillage, second, use of cover crops and finally no use of pesticides.  In the final part of our hour, Terri will talk with Carey Gillam, an investigative journalist, researcher and writer with more than 25 years’ experience in the news industry.  Carey is the author of Whitewash (2017) and the Monsanto Papers (2021).  She is featured in the film Common Ground to build the case that we farm using chemicals that injure the soil and its life, including our own, because most corporate America is more interested in creating profit rather than doing the right thing – foster farms which nourish life.


Glenwood Arts Theater in Overland Park, Kansas has added showings of the film, Common Ground, through December 7, 2023.


We are all in this together and it will take all of us to make the world safe for human habitation for millennia to come.

We at EcoRadio KC are glad to encourage awareness and protection of our world.  Our goal is to ensure our listeners are aware of how we can create a sustainable present for a sustainable future!

This will be a great radio hour!  https://kkfi.org/listen/

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can about the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

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