That was NIFTI!

Rowan explains the irrigation system at Headwaters Farm to NIFTI Tour participants

What I took away from Field School 2014

by Rowan Steele, Farm Incubator Manager

On October 3rd the farm incubator world descended on Headwaters Farm as part of the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative’s (NIFTI) annual Field School. The three-day event included two days of meetings, lectures, discussions and networking, and ended with a day of farm tours and onsite presentations.

As with any conference, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the sheer volume of topics, interactions, ideas and the general “nerd-fest.” The 2014 NIFTI Field School was no different—a complete inundation of everything that is beginning farmer development. It has taken a few weeks just to process the experience. In fact, I think it might take a full off-season before the content can be fully synthesized in relation to the Headwaters Incubator Program (HIP). Read more

Upcoming EMSWCD Board & Committee Meetings

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD), all of Multnomah County East of the Willamette River, has scheduled a special Board Meeting at the Leach Botanical Gardens located at 6704 SE 122nd Ave. Portland, OR. Visit this page for more information on this meeting and all other upcoming meetings.

Now accepting applications for the Headwaters Farm Incubator Program!

Some summer crops at Headwaters Farm, and Mt. Hood in the distance

We are now accepting applications for the Headwaters Farm Incubator Program 2015 growing season! The Farm Incubator Program, now entering its third year, involves leasing out sections of our land at Headwaters Farm to motivated, experienced individuals looking to start their own farm business.

Visit the Incubator Application section of our website for information about the program and instructions on how to apply! You can also contact Rowan Steele, our Farm Incubator Manager. All application materials are due by October 30th, 2014.

EMSWCD is seeking an Urban Lands Conservationist


updated September 30th, 2014

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for a Permanent, Full-time employee to serve as our Urban Lands Conservationist.

This position will provide on-site technical assistance in regard to urban land conservation best practices to residential, commercial, industrial, academic, and government landowners and land managers. The goal of the work is to reduce potential loss of natural resources due to soil erosion, water pollution and misuse, habitat degradation, and destructive land development and misuse, among others.

See full job description and application instructions.

Updated: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council is seeking a new Executive Director

Johnson Creek Watershed Council logo

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council is seeking a new Executive Director. The Johnson Creek Watershed Council works to protect and restore the Johnson Creek watershed through ecological restoration and monitoring, volunteer stewardship, community outreach and education, and regional land use advocacy.

Learn more about the work the Johnson Creek Watershed Council does and about how to apply here.

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