This is a farmer-contributed post in our “From our farmers” series, written by Emily Cooper of Full Cellar Farm, who is enrolled in our Farm Incubator Program. In this piece, Emily explores three different ways farmland can be passed from one owner to the next.
As I finish up my third year at Headwaters, I have naturally started thinking about what comes next. Although my husband’s off-farm job makes it possible for us to get a conventional mortgage, the cost of land in the Willamette Valley is generally much higher than any loan (and resulting mortgage payments) we could afford. Leasing land, while attractive for financial reasons, frequently comes with strings attached, and presents the possibility of friction with a landowner-landlord who doesn’t fully understand what it means to share their property with a working farm.
For those reasons, I have felt a little bit stymied by the options open to me. Earlier this month, though, I had the chance to attend a session on non-traditional ways to secure land tenure at the Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference. After the skillful presentation of Carrie Scrufari of Vermont Law School, I left with my head full of possibilities, questions, and a little more hope for the future of my farm. Read more
The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD), serving all of Multnomah County East of the Willamette River, has scheduled a Board meeting and Budget Committee meeting at the District Office (5211 N. Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97217) for the month of May 2017. Visit this page to see a calendar of upcoming meetings.
On Friday, April 14, 2017, the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) and the Multnomah Grange signed a 20-year Memorandum of Agreement for the use and improvement of the Grange facility, located in rural east Gresham. Under the agreement, EMSWCD will help bring some needed improvements to the facility, which will then be used by EMSWCD for public meetings and events geared towards helping community members improve soil and water conditions on their properties. Jay Udelhoven, EMSWCD Executive Director, said of the agreement, “What a great marriage of need and opportunity! We’re in need of a reliable meeting location and the Grange has an opportunity to meet those needs by making some minor improvements to their facility.”
Executive Director Jay Udelhoven and Multnomah County Grange Master Bill Dodds sign the MOA
Executive Director Jay Udelhoven and Grange Master Bill Dodds shake hands after signing the MOA
The Multnomah Grange, a local affiliate of the Oregon State Grange
, serves as a social center for the local community. The Grange is used by the general public for occasions such as bluegrass music shows, community sales, and art fairs, among other uses. For more information, see the Multnomah Grange Facebook page
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!
Our annual Native Plant Sale store wrapped up last Saturday, February 18th as everybody picked up their plants. Thank you for supporting our plant sale! Roughly 11,000 native plants have been distributed to new homes in and around the District, which will help restore native habitat, lower outdoor water usage and support beneficial wildlife.
If you did not receive certain plants or have questions about your order, please contact Alex Woolery. We will process refunds for purchased plants that were not fulfilled due to stock shortages. If you did not pick up your order, we will issue a refund to you, minus a restocking fee (see full details here).