Healthy Soils Program

An Introduction to the Healthy Soils Program

2024 Healthy Soils Incentives Program Direct to Producer Grants

Fundable Healthy Soils Practices

Compost
Conservation Tilling
Cover Cropping
Hedgerows
Mulching
Prescribed Grazing
Riparian Buffers
Whole Orchard Recycling
Windbreaks

Ben Weise

AGRICULTURE CONSERVATION MANAGER

925-690-4145

Email

Ben Weise

Skills: Permitting, conservation on agricultural land, illegal dumping prevention.

Fun Fact: Eagle Scout, former member of the University of California Marching Band, aspiring birder, and a Contra Costa native raised in Southern California.

Ben Weise

Ben started working with Contra Costa RCD in January 2017 after receiving two Masters degrees from Indiana University in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Policy following undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. Ben manages the Voluntary Local Program, the EcoStewards Program, and other conservation programs focused on agricultural lands.

Ishai Cohen

Agriculture Conservation Coordinator

510-851-0260

Email

Ishai Cohen

Skills: Water conservation, Irrigation Audits, Data interpretation/analysis, Soil conservation.

Fun Fact: As a toddler Ishai lived on a cut flower farm. His first word was tractor. While working as a gardener, Ishai learned to backcountry ski, because being in the snow is much better than being in the rain.

Ishai Cohen

Ishai has over 20 years’ experience in the landscape field, with 8 of those as an irrigation specialist. He is also a licensed landscape contractor. In 2016, Ishai returned to school as a returning adult student, first earning a Certificate of Achievement in Nursery Management at Diablo Valley College, and then transferring and graduating from UC Berkeley in 2022 with a BS in Conservation and Resource Studies, earning the departmental citation.

After graduating from Cal, Ishai worked as a Scientific Aid in the Groundwater Permitting Unit at the Regional Water Quality Control Board, reviewing groundwater discharge monitoring and reporting data.

Ishai has a deep interest in all things grass, soil and irrigation and has focused his studies on those fields.