The NM Healthy Soil Working Group is a grassroots advocacy group. Teamwork, coalition-building and consensus are key tenets of our process and we use policy as an effective change-making and organizing tool.
Our mission is to achieve rapid adoption of healthy soil principles, resulting in greater ecological and human well being, significant water infiltration, rural prosperity, and climate resilient communities. We support land managers by offering resources, building coalitions, and advancing consensus based soil stewardship, while creating favorable government policy and raising active awareness in our civil society.
Christina Allday-Bondy: As one of the first New Mexico Soil Health Champions herself, Christina is passionate about growing this network, initiated by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), facilitating peer-to-peer learning and educating the public at large about soil health.
Christina has degrees in botany and natural resources policy. Under Commissioner Jim Hightower, she worked on climate change at the Texas Department of Agriculture. She is a Certified Holistic Management Educator and Savory Institute Accredited Professional. For several years, she owned a land- and wildlife-management consulting company and continues a solo practice.
She was appointed to the Estancia Basin Water Planning Committee by Bernalillo County and serves currently on the boards of the Soil Carbon Coalition and the Edgewood Soil and Water Conservation District. She also served on the New Mexico Beekeepers Association board and led the Association’s Certified Beekeepers Program. Lily Farm, her learning laboratory on the soil health principles, is home to a small flock of Navajo Churro sheep, chickens, and a few noisy guineas.
Jeff Goebel brings forty years of experience in consensus building, conflict resolution and holistic decision making to this effort. He is dedicated to catalyzing positive change and regenerative solutions within groups ranging from non-profits to government agencies, universities and multinational corporations to small family ranches and farms.
Jeff is a Certified Educator with HMI and the Covey Leadership Institute as well as a Certified Enterprise Facilitator. He served as a national steering committee member of WK Kellogg’s Integrated Food and Farming Initiative. Jeff was the Project Coordinator of the five year WSU-Kellogg Holistic Management Project.
His clients include the National Geographic Society for Idaho and New Mexico; USAID in Mali & Malwai, various tribes across the United States, including the Colville, Nez Perce, Warm Springs, Navajo, Hoopa, various Pueblos; the California Rancher to Rancher project; parent-teacher partnerships; and complex eco-restoration and socio-economic renewal programs on the east end of Molokai and with the Maasai in Kenya. He has shared his Community Consensus Institute on five continents over the years.
Together with his wife Myrna, Jeff was declared a New Mexico Soil Health Champion by NACD. He serves on the Middle Rio Grande Water Advocacy board and Soil Carbon Coalition board, and as the former Vice-Chair of NMACD Region One, he introduced a soil health resolution to NMACD that passed unanimously in 2018.
Robb Hirsch recognizes that the health of food, the health of our families and the health of the planet are all directly connected to the health of the soil. As lead legislative liaison of the NM Healthy Soil Working Group and with a talent for diplomacy, he knows his way around the Roundhouse.
Robb is the founder and executive director of the Climate Change Leadership Institute (CCLI), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Santa Fe. Robb earned a BA in environmental policy from Harvard University and as a Fulbright Scholar received an MA in sustainable development from New Zealand’s Otago University.
He worked for the US Department of State Oceans, Environment and Science (OES) Bureau focused on the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Biodiversity Treaty. Presently, along with CCLI, Robb runs a New Mexico wind energy business (WindForce), and does consulting for utility scale renewable energy development companies. He recently served as the co-chair for the City of Santa Fe Sustainability Commission and Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce.
Isabelle Jenniches is a skilled community organizer who draws from her experience in policy-making and farmer-to-farmer education. An accomplished artist with a background in theater and design, she acts as the group’s webmaster and outreach coordinator.
Summers spent at her grandparents’ small farm in the Eifel region of Germany instilled in Isabelle a deep love for the agrarian way of life. Moving to the US in 2005, she started a community garden, studied organic agriculture and permaculture and worked at a fifth generation family farm in California before coming to New Mexico.
Isabelle was involved with the CA Healthy Soil Program as part of the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN). At the Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) she established the organization’s regenerative agriculture initiative and helped coordinate the annual EcoFarm Conference, bringing together ~1,800 food system stakeholders from across the US and internationally.
She represents the Working Group on the National Healthy Soils Policy Network and serves on the board of the NM Food & Agriculture Policy Council.