Our Annual Native Plant Sale is here!

Mockorange (Philadephus lewisii) - one of the plants available in our Native Plant Sale!

Click Here to Visit our Native Plant Store!

Our Native Plant Sale is here! We are selling beneficial native plants you can use to create a beautiful, hardy and low-impact yard. Online ordering began today and continues until Wednesday, February 4th. New this year, we have upgraded our online store to accept online payment! Please contact us if you have any questions about payment.

Then comes pick-up day, where you can pick up the plants you purchased. This year the pick-up date is Saturday, February 21st! If you have questions or want to learn more, please see our Native Plant Sale Info page. Don’t delay; plants sell out quickly!

Updates on the Native Plant Sale

Western bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa)

Updated at 5:00pm on January 23rd.
Important note: if you ordered plants, but did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us! We can resend your order confirmation. You can email Alex Woolery, our Marketing and Media Specialist, or call him at (503) 935-5367.

Thanks to some incredible enthusiasm for native plants, nearly half of the species in our Native Plant Sale are already out of stock! Similar to last year’s sale, we have seen a large number of early orders. Unlike last year, we have had about five times as many orders on the first day! While we like to see this kind of demand, we also wanted to give everybody a fair chance to order the plants they want. We have had many calls and emails asking if we can get more of these plants, and as a courtesy we would like to give some background on the Native Plant Sale for our visitors.

Unfortunately, we are not able to order more plants at this late stage. The plants that are being sold were ordered from the nurseries in the summer of 2014. Also, since we are running the sale at our District office, we can only handle and process so many orders (with the help of our wonderful volunteers!), and also have space limitations for the stored plants.

This year we are selling over 18,000 native plants – WOW! The demand has also risen since last year, and in just the first ten hours, we’ve seen nearly as many orders as last year’s entire sale! We apologize to anyone who did not get a chance to order the plants they want, but fear not! There are a number of native plant sales and nurseries where you can get many of the same plants. Check out our Local Sources of Native Plants page, which features eight other annual Native Plant Sales, as well as many low-cost retail and wholesale native plant suppliers! In many cases you can get groundcovers in 4-inch pots for prices very similar to ours.

Upcoming EMSWCD Board and Committee Meetings

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD), all of Multnomah County East of the Willamette River, has scheduled a Committee Meeting and Board Meeting at the District Office (Board Room), 5211 N. Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97217, for the months of January and February 2015. Visit this page to see upcoming meetings.

“What does the future hold for your farm?” A free farm succession program

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD), Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) and the Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University are offering a family farm succession program, entitled “What Does the Future Hold for Your Farm?,” on Tuesday, February 3 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie, OR 97222. There is no cost for the program and light refreshments will be served.

Oregon farmer trends infographic

Our infographic on Oregon farmer trends, based on data from the USDA 2012 Census of Agriculture

The average age of farmers in Oregon is now over 59 years (see our infographic) and many family farms are facing a transition between generations, or to someone outside of the family. There are many important issues for farm families to consider when retiring from farming. “Can the current owners afford to retire?” “Do the children in the family want to keep farming?” “How do we transfer the farm’s assets?” These are just some of the important questions and issues that will be addressed. Read more

Educator/landscape professionals needed to present Sustainable Landscapes Workshops

Shooting Star (Dodecatheon hendersonii)

We are seeking educator/landscape professionals to conduct additional workshops! Please note that this is a contract and not a staff position. Our workshops are held evenings and weekends, and are on topics such as Naturescaping, Site Planning, Site Planning Feedback, Rain Gardens, Native Plants, and Simple Drip Irrigation.

For more information about this position and how to apply, please see our Workshop Presenter page.

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