The EMSWCD annual meeting and celebration is coming up and you’re invited!


East Multnomah SWCD is turning 65 and you’re invited to the celebration!

Join us on Sunday, September 27th at Headwaters Farm for EMSWCD’s annual meeting and a celebration of our 65 years of helping people care for land and water. The event will feature:

  • Music, food, educational displays and tours of the farm!
  • A chance to get to know EMSWCD board and staff and connect with our partners.
  • Learn how we work in urban and rural areas to sustain healthy farms, forests, wildlife and communities.
  • A commemoration of the Dianna Pope Natural Area, honoring Dianna’s 33 years of dedicated service on our Board.
  • An award ceremony, presentations and more!

Where: Headwaters Farm* in Gresham, OR
When: Sunday, September 27th from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Directions and details will be provided upon RSVP.

RSVP required no later than Thursday, September 17th. RSVP at:

For ADA accommodations, please call us at (503) 222-7645 no later than September 17th.

Shuttle service available upon request from North Portland and Gresham TC.

For more information, contact Jed Arnold at, or call (503) 222-7645. We hope to see you on the 27th!

*Please note that only service animals are allowed at Headwaters Farm, pets are not permitted on the property.

Welcome to our new Conservation Program Supervisor, Andrew Brown!

Conservation Program Supervisor Andrew Brown

On behalf of EMSWCD board members and staff, we are very pleased to welcome our new Conservation Program Supervisor, Andrew Brown!

Andrew oversees the Conservation Legacy Program, which includes the Grants, Land Legacy and Farm Incubator programs, and serves as the District-wide planner. Andrew’s conservation and planning experience stems from his public, non-profit and private work in South Africa. During that time he worked in the Park Planning and Development Department of South African National Parks where he coordinated a regional landscape conservation initiative, and he also managed various conservation planning, land consolidation, stewardship and restoration projects.

Andrew came to the EMSWCD most recently from the Multnomah County Drainage District where he served as a Management Analyst. He holds M.S. in Conservation Biology from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent in the UK, and a B.S. in Botany and Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Please join us in welcoming Andrew to our organization!

Our fall workshops are here!

maidenhair fern (Adiantum aleuticum)

Our fall season of workshops is here! We offer free and practical how-to workshops at a variety of locations in collaboration with our community partners. Our workshops cover choosing the right native plants for your yard, natural landscaping techniques that reduce water use and pollution, controlling troublesome weeds without synthetic herbicides and putting rainwater to use with a rain garden!

Our workshops are free and open to everyone, but they are filling up quickly – register for a workshop today!

View the workshop schedule and register here!

Want to get the latest workshop and event updates? Join our email list, or for more frequent updates you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Finding Community at Headwaters

Emily Cooper of Full Cellar Farm

This is the fourth in our “From our farmers” series, and was contributed by Emily Cooper of Full Cellar Farm, one of the farmers enrolled in our Farm Incubator Program.

There’s a buzz around Headwaters Farm this year, and it isn’t just the bees. With 13 farms leasing land at the incubator (up from 8 last year), the activity here is more evident than ever before. And along with the sounds of the rototillers, irrigation headers, and tractors, there’s another sound that’s harder to hear, but more persistent than any other. It’s the sound of community, and it starts with “Good morning!”

I love farming at Headwaters, and the biggest reason is the community. With so many people here, it’s guaranteed you’re going to bump into someone as you go about your work. Maybe you share the wash station and get to see what variety of radish someone else is growing – or what pests are eating their carrots. Maybe you see a new tool someone is using, and stop to ask how they like it. Maybe you pause in the barn to bemoan your overabundance of tomatillos, and someone else magically has a customer who wants them. Or maybe you just say hi as you pass at the port-a-potty. (I’m lucky enough to host this hub of activity next to my field.) Read more

Our 2015-16 Work Plan

download the EMSWCD 2015-16 Work Plan

Our work plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year is now available! You can download it here.

The mission of the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is to help people care for land and water. Our vision is that our lands and waters are healthy and sustain farms, forests, wildlife and communities. Each year we create a work plan to organize and prioritize our work, and set specific program goals to further our mission and vision.

You can also learn more about EMSWCD and the work we do in the District in the About EMSWCD section.

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