Get your project off the ground with a Partners in Conservation grant!

Applications are due by December 15th!

Is your organization looking for funding for a conservation project? You can apply for a Partners in Conservation (PIC) grant! There are two types of grants available:

What we fund:

Projects must address one or more of the following issues:

  • Soil Health
  • Water Conservation / Quality
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Watershed Health
  • Environmental Education
  • PIC Grants: shorter term projects with a one year time frame, for a minimum grant award of $5,000 and a maximum of $60,000.
  • PIC Plus Grants: projects with more than one year and up to a three year timeframe, between $5,000 and $100,000 per year.

Grant applications are due by December 15th this year; don’t delay! If you have questions about applying for a grant, please contact Suzanne Easton, EMSWCD Grants Specialist, at suzanne@emswcd.org.

Learn more about PIC Grants!  See some past grant Project Highlights

Educator/landscape professionals needed to present Sustainable Landscapes Workshops

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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.

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 special Board Meetings at the Leach Botanical Gardens located at 6704 SE 122nd Ave. Portland, OR. Visit this page for more information on these meetings and all other upcoming meetings.

That was NIFTI!

Rowan explains the irrigation system at Headwaters Farm to NIFTI Tour participants

What I took away from Field School 2014

by Rowan Steele, Farm Incubator Manager

On October 3rd the farm incubator world descended on Headwaters Farm as part of the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative’s (NIFTI) annual Field School. The three-day event included two days of meetings, lectures, discussions and networking, and ended with a day of farm tours and onsite presentations.

As with any conference, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the sheer volume of topics, interactions, ideas and the general “nerd-fest.” The 2014 NIFTI Field School was no different—a complete inundation of everything that is beginning farmer development. It has taken a few weeks just to process the experience. In fact, I think it might take a full off-season before the content can be fully synthesized in relation to the Headwaters Incubator Program (HIP). Read more

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

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