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Yard Tour is this Saturday, May 13th!

Our Naturescaped Yard Tour takes place this Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM! Registration for the event is closed, but if you did not get a chance to register, you can still email Katie Meckes at, and you will receive an auto-reply with a link to the Yard Tour guide.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at naturescaped yards that are bursting with color, creativity and function on this free self-guided tour. The tour gives you the chance to see up to 9 yards that demonstrate naturescaping principles in action.

Multnomah County Farm Bureau meeting on April 20th

Join us on Thursday, April 20th at the next Multnomah County Farm Bureau meeting! Jeremy Baker and Aaron Guffey, two of our Senior Rural Conservationists, will both present at the meeting as guest speakers. Jeremy will speak about a new cost-share project for installing drip irrigation for better water management, and Aaron will share the work EMSWCD is doing with nurseries to help address erosion issues. Staff from Clackamas SWCD will also be in attendance.

The meeting takes place at the Country Insurance office in Wood Village (832 NE 223rd Avenue, Suite B, Wood Village), and runs from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Please RSVP if you plan on attending: call (503) 502-8596 or email More details in the Multnomah County Farm Bureau newsletter linked below.

Multnomah County Farm Bureau meeting newsletter

Spring Workshops are here!

Cusick's Checkermallow

Get ready for spring with one of our free workshops! Learn how to conserve water, reduce pollution and attract beneficial wildlife, all while creating an attractive and low-maintenance landscape. Our workshops are held in a variety of locations in Portland, Gresham and Troutdale.

Register today for a Free Workshop!

Workshops offered this spring include:

  • Naturescaping Basics
  • Rain Gardens 101
  • Native Plants Workshop
  • Attracting Pollinators
  • Beneficial Insects
  • Urban Weeds

You need to register to attend a workshop – please don’t wait! Workshops tend to fill up quickly. Register today!

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.

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