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Soil School 2017

Soil School 2017

The health of your soil determines the health of everything growing in it – the food you eat and the crops you produce! Learn all about how to care for your soil at Soil School 2017! The event will be a day packed full of information for small farmers, landscapers, gardeners, grounds managers and anyone else who wants to improve their soil.

When: Saturday, April 8, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. (Registration 8:00-8:30 AM)
Where: PCC Rock Creek Event Center, 17705 NW Springville Road, Portland
Cost: $30 per person or $50 for two people (Breakfast snacks and lunch are provided)
Register: Event page on

Attendees will learn about soil structure/composition and analysis, as well as topics such as planting for pollinators, cover crops, irrigation, landscaping with native plants, composting, invasive weeds, fungi, permaculture, composting, pest management, and rebuilding urban soils.

For more information, please call WMSWCD Communications Coordinator Carolyn Lindberg at (503) 238-4775 ext 101 or email at

Upcoming workshops in Corbett

Fritillary butterfly on Douglas aster flowers

Two workshops are coming to Corbett this spring! Learn how to attract pollinators to your property and how to keep the weeds out.

On March 29th, join us for an evening with Celeste Mazzacano as she introduces us to the flies, beetles, moths, and butterflies that keep our farms and gardens vibrant and productive. Get tips on how to identify some of our most helpful local pollinators and discover which plants will attract them to your land.

On April 12th, join EMSWCD’s own Weeds Specialist Jon Wagner as he gives us a lesson in local invaders. He’ll show us how to recognize some of the area’s most aggressive weeds and tell us how to keep them off our land and out of our forests.

EMSWCD is hiring! Senior Urban Conservationist position

EMSWCD office

Update, March 1st, 2017: The application period for this position is now closed, and we are beginning review. Thank you for your interest!

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) is offering an exciting career opportunity to serve as the Senior Urban Conservationist for our Urban Lands Program. This position will work to reduce the potential loss of natural resources due to soil erosion, water use and pollution, and habitat degradation, among other causes.

Important update: the application period for this position has been extended! Applications are due by February 28th. If you already submitted an application, you do not need to reapply.

The Senior Urban Conservationist will work closely with other EMSWCD staff, board members, and partners with a primary focus on providing on-site technical and financial assistance to landowners and land managers, in order to help them implement urban conservation best practices. Applications for this position are due by 5:00 PM on February 28th, 2017. Learn more about the position and how to apply!

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