Tour Headwaters Farm on August 8th!

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 Friday, August 8th at 6:30pm. 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

Our 2014-15 Work Plan

Download 2014-15 Work Plan

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

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District provides technical, educational and financial assistance to landowners, managers and others in an effort establish and maintain healthy ecosystems, with a particular focus on soil, water, and habitat conservation. We create a work plan every year in order to organize and prioritize our work, and set specific program goals to further our mission. Learn more about our mission and the work we do in the District in the About EMSWCD section.

Announcing our 2014 Partners in Conservation Grants!

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District announces its 2014 Partners in Conservation (PIC) grants totaling $862,000 awarded to conservation and environmental education projects in the District’s boundaries (all of Multnomah County east of the Willamette River).

The District received 39 PIC applications this year, representing projects in each of its grant program areas: restoration, sustainable agriculture, project design/engineering, pollution prevention, stormwater management, monitoring, and environmental education. The PIC grant program funds projects on an annual basis through a competitive process that seeks to support those efforts most closely aligned with the District’s strategic priorities.

This year, the EMSWCD Board of Directors awarded 27 grants, including three multi-year PIC Plus grants, which are multi-stakeholder initiatives that demonstrate benefits from committed multi-year support. Projects vary considerably in scope, from restoring large acreages of habitat in the Johnson Creek watershed to community gardening with immigrant populations in East Portland. “The quality and diversity of projects this year is incredible. These grants allow us to reach all corners of the District, supporting the great work of these organizations while also leveraging other funding,” said Jay Udelhoven, Executive Director of EMSWCD. Read more

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