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OSU Extension’s Regenerative Pasture Management workshops

Join OSU Extension for an engaging and informative two-part course on Regenerative Pasture Management! You’ll hear from Dr. Shayan Ghajar, Organic Pasture and Forages Specialist from OSU Extension, and Jackson Morgan, Farm Specialist with Polk Soil & Water Conservation District.

When: December 14th and 21st from 6:00 – 7:15 PM
Where: Zoom
Cost: Free

Visit this link to register

Part 1:

  • Setting goals for your pastures
  • Selecting/identifying pasture species
  • Understanding soil health and how it affects pasture plants
  • An introduction to the pasture calendar
  • Mud and manure management

Part 2:

  • Balancing forage production with livestock forage demands
  • Determining when to graze
  • How to gauge if your pasture management is meeting your goals
  • Assistance available for farmers and land stewards

Apply for a 2022 Partners in Conservation (PIC) grant!

Recently-planted red flowering currant at a grant project restoration site

EMSWCD is happy to announce that we are again conducting our normal PIC grant application process after last year’s “PIC Pause” due to COVID. The PIC program awards grants annually from $5,000 to $100,000 to non-profits, local governments and educational institutions for conservation projects, environmental education, school and community food gardens, and participation of diverse communities in conservation work.

Update: The 2022 PIC Grant application cycle ended on December 15th, 2021. Applications will be reviewed by EMSWCD staff and our PIC Grant Review Committee. The final decision on the 2022 PIC grant awards will be made by the EMSWCD Board of Directors in the spring of 2022.

Learn more about our PIC Grant Programs and how to apply on our PIC Grants page.

We are making some changes this year. Some highlights: Read more

OSU Extension’s Wildfire Wednesday webinar series

graphic showing a forest and hills in silhouette, saying "Fire Aware. Fire Prepared."

“OSU Extension Fire Program’s Wildfire Wednesdays webinar sessions are back this fall! These weekly webinars offer important information on fire safety and preparedness, and related actions people can take to make their homes and landscapes safer. The workshops will run through December 8th, 2021. Visit the Online Webinar Guide on the Fire Program website for more information:

View the Online Webinar Guide here.

Remaining workshops:

  • November 10th: 2021 Fire Season – A learning opportunity
  • November 17th: Prioritizing your home hardening approach
  • November 24th: Thanksgiving BREAK – no webinar
  • December 1st: From the home to the landscape (defensible space): Fall Edition
  • December 8th: Prescribed fire

Hot weather alert – cooling stations and locations, and related info

Interactive map of Multnomah County cooling centers

Here are some resources and information on staying cool through this hot weather!

  • If you need a place to cool off, Multnomah County has an interactive map of cooling centers, libraries, and water/recreation locations you can cool off at here. You can also find any updated information at their Help for when it’s hot page, and information in additional languages.
  • Cooling centers will be open 24 hours a day. Current locations include the Oregon Convention Center, the Arbor Lodge and the Sunrise Center.
  • Several Multnomah County libraries will stay open until 6 PM on Friday and from noon to 8 PM Saturday – Monday.
  • For transportation needs, TriMet will not turn anyone away if they cannot pay fares during the hot weather, and capacity limits on buses and trains will be temporarily lifted.

If you know of any organizations setting up cooling centers (indoor or outdoor), please encourage them to send an email to support@211info.org using “extreme heat cooling center” and the county name in the subject line. The 211info.org resource team will get that information added to their list.

Office hours

Office Hours Horse

We’re coming to you, virtually!

Join Jeremy for a live (and free) one on one discussion about your farm. Bring your questions and explore strategies and solutions around:

  • Management of livestock
  • Pasture care and grazing management
  • Mud management
  • Manure management and composting
  • Cropping and cover cropping
  • Integrated Pest Management- using beneficial plants to attract beneficial bugs
  • Soil health and how to take a soil sample
  • Irrigation systems and water management to reduce your costs
  • Noxious weed control
  • Natural areas and planting for wildlife and birds
  • General farm planning

Sessions will be scheduled for 50 minutes but may require additional time. You can work with Jeremy to schedule follow up visits as needed.

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    Contact Jeremy Baker at:
    (503) 488-9939
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    Join our upcoming online workshops on farm transition planning!

    Headwaters Farm graduate lessee doing field work at Mainstem

    It’s never too early (or too late!) to begin securing your farm’s future. A farm transition plan is essential to protecting your interests and minimizing attorney fees, taxes, and family stress. This free virtual workshop series will help you understand your options and navigate the planning process.

    In partnership with the Clackamas Small Business Development Center at Clackamas Community College, Clackamas SWCD and Tualatin SWCD, EMSWCD will host four virtual workshops covering the following topics, each from 1 to 4 PM:

    • January 27th: The estate planning process and options
    • February 10th: Strategies for having difficult conversations
    • February 24th: Organizing your finances and business structure
    • March 10th: Preparing your operation and heirs for transition

    Pre-register for the workshops here! You can also find out more about the importance of farm transition planning here.

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