Join us at the Leasing and Purchasing Farmland workshop on November 2nd!

Emily in front of cover crops at Headwaters Farm

Join us at Zenger Farm for a free workshop on purchasing and leasing agricultural land on November 2nd! Whether you are a farmer wondering how to get on land or a landowner looking to lease, this workshop has the information for you! This panel discussion and workshop is put on by partners Rogue Farm Corps, OSU Metro Extension Small Farms, EMSWCD, Friends of Family Farmers, and Zenger Farm. The focus of the workshop will be on the Portland Metro region and surrounding area.

Where: Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd, Portland 97266 (map link)
When: Wednesday November 2nd, 4:30 – 7 PM, with potluck social to follow

Please join us! There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions, plus a potluck social afterward! RSVP is appreciated but not required. Please email Nellie McAdams at to RSVP or with any questions. Read more

Important Partners in Conservation 2017 grant program update

A volunteer at a restoration project

Are you considering applying for a Partners in Conservation (PIC) grant? Please note that for the 2017 PIC grant cycle, EMSWCD will be adopting an online application system called ZoomGrants. Those who applied for Metro grants recently may already be familiar with ZoomGrants, as Metro uses the same system. We expect to have the application system ready by the end of October, and plan to start accepting applications on November 1st. The deadline for applications is December 15th, 2016. Read more

Now accepting applications for the Headwaters Farm Incubator Program!

montage of photos from Headwaters Farm - lower two right picture courtesy of Chelsea Rutherford

We are now accepting applications for the Headwaters Farm Incubator Program 2017 growing season! The Farm Incubator Program, now entering its fifth 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 Headwaters Farm Program Manager, at or (503) 935-5355. All application materials are due by Monday, October 31st, 2016.

Register for a free workshop

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, supporting beneficial insects and pollinators, and putting rainwater to use with a rain garden!

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

View the workshop schedule and register here!

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Building beetle banks

Illustration of a beetle bank along row crops. Beetle not to scale!

Fight off pests and reduce the need for insecticides with one simple feature! Beetle banks are berms (an area of raised earth) planted with bunch grasses to provide habitat for predatory ground beetles. Beetle banks reduce pest pressure and the need for insecticides, while also helping suppress crop weeds!

Read on for easy instructions on how to build a beetle bank, or join us and our partners at the 2016 Farwest Show (Thursday, August 25th through Saturday the 27th) for a great informational display, complete with a beetle bank model! Read more

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