Soil Management, Construction Oversight, Client Service
Christof was born into Restoration through the work on his family farm. Growing up in the rural Northwest of New Mexico, soil development and water conservation were second-nature for any project they undertook, and left a permanent mark on how he views the world. The potential to reduce water usage through local plant cultivation, retain moisture by crimping/discing cover crops, and increase prairie resilience through the introduction of animals. The result of this experience was to firmly embed in his mind the critical roles that microbes, vermiculture, soil porosity, and co-planted communities play in establishing young plants.
After leaving New Mexico, Christof spent much of his time dryland ecosystem work on the Navajo reservation in NE Arizona – where he spent many of his summers herding sheep and working on native dryland agricultural models, Southern California – doing ethnobotanical work in Baja California in the Sonoran desert, and in Virginia – where he studied historical seed cultivation in/around Monticello. He currently lives on a small farm in North Boulder where he is in the midst of transforming a severely overgrazed land into a productive, sustainable, intensive-agriculture CSA. Following the footsteps of his Grandfather (a pioneer in terraced, microbially-dense agriculture), his work there led him to install multiple large-scale terraces, plant test-plots of several ecotypic commercially-viable plants, and experiment with several large-scale compost operations.
In addition to these, he also brings a wealth of experiences to the company through training and development in plant cultivation, sawyer work, irrigation, and heavy equipment operations. Christof currently serves as an Army Company Commander and Ski-Trooper in the Colorado Army National Guard (89th TC), through which he has gained a wide array of medical training in mountain first-responder training, cold-weather injury/high altitude injury prevention, and casualty treatment. These experiences provide AloTerra with the confidence to execute restoration projects with minimal injuries, across the wide gamut of remote environments our business operates in.