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.

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EMSWCD is seeking an Urban Lands Conservationist

EMSWCD yard

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.

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 Board and Committee Meetings at the District Office (Board Room), 5211 N. Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97217, for the months of October and November 2014. Visit this page to see upcoming meetings.

Updates from Headwaters

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It’s been a great season for the Headwaters Farm Incubator Program; one that has seen both the farm and its farmers grow by leaps and bounds.

This year there were eight farm businesses operating at Headwaters Farm. These businesses range from small scale medicinal herb operations to multi-acre vegetable production for restaurant sales. The diversity being produced onsite is evident in the range of markets where these products are sold. For example, several incubator farms practice Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)—subscription farming directly to the consumer—some of which are even forging a new approach to this model by providing bulk ‘canning shares’ of complementary preservable crops, like dill, pickling cucumbers, and garlic. Still Other farmers go with more traditional routes like selling at farmers markets or to local retail outlets. Read more

Tour Headwaters Farm on September 24th!

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

Come take a tour of Headwaters Farm! If you are a farmer considering applying to lease land and farm infrastructure, our Farm Incubator Program may be just for you. The Farm Incubator program helps develop new farm businesses by providing affordable access to land and farm resources. If you are simply interested in learning about the farm or about conservation agriculture, all are welcome!

The tour will take place on Wednesday, September 24th at 6:00pm, and is another chance for those that missed the last tour in August! Learn how the incubator program works, expected costs and how to apply, and about how we practice conservation agriculture at Headwaters. Please RSVP to Rowan Steele: (503) 935.5355 / rowan@emswcd.org. Directions to the farm will be provided upon RSVP. Read more

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