District Conservationist, NRCS
Robert Hewitt works for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as District Conservationist for Western Riverside, Orange, and San Diego Counties. Hewitt began working for the USDA Soil Conservation Service (now the Natural Resources Conservation Service – NRCS) in 1974 in Hemet/San Jacinto, then Santa Barbara, then Redlands and back to Hemet/ San Jacinto in 1981. In April, Hewitt will celebrate 40 years with the NRCS. His area of work covers Western Riverside County and all of Orange County. Hewitt also began a certified organic farm in 2002, growing citrus and vegetables. He was born and raised in Hemet, CA, graduating from Hemet High School in 1968. He graduated with a BS degree in biology from Cal Poly Pomona in 1973.
In this discussion, we will unearth the vital biology that brings soil to life, and discuss soil management to improve your soil’s microbial health, fertility, and crop productivity through reduced tillage and use of cover crops and compost.