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 EMSWCD Board and Committee Meetings

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD), serving all of Multnomah County East of the Willamette River, has scheduled Board, Budget, Land Legacy, and Ad-Hoc Committee meetings at the District Office (5211 N. Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97217) for the months of March and April 2017. Visit this page to see a calendar of upcoming meetings.

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.

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!

Our 2017 Native Plant Sale was a success!

Golden currant (Ribes aureum), one of the many plants available in our 2017 Native Plant Sale

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).

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