Registration is now open for Soil School 2018! This exciting and fun one-day workshop on all things soil will be held Saturday, April 7th from 8:00am to 4:00pm at the PCC Rock Creek Event Center. Soil School is sponsored this year by West Multnomah SWCD, Tualatin SWCD and OSU Extension.
Soil School 2018 will be a day packed full of information for small acreage farmers, landscapers, gardeners, grounds managers and anyone else who wants to improve their soil. The health of your soil determines the health of everything growing in it—the food you eat and the crops you produce.
Learn more and register here
This year, Soil School is approved for Oregon Landscape Contractors Board Continuing Education Hours (CEH)! Certificates will be available to registered landscape professionals.
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!
Is your organization looking for funding for a conservation project? We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Partners in Conservation (PIC) grant cycle! Our PIC Grant Program supports conservation projects that are located within the District service area (all Multnomah County east of the Willamette River) or serve its residents. Funding areas include:
- Habitat Restoration and Monitoring
- Stormwater Management and Naturescaping
- Sustainable Agriculture
- School and Community Gardens
- Environmental Education
- Capacity Building / Equity
Visit our PIC Grants page to
learn more and get started!
Important notice for SPACE Grant applicants
If you are planning on applying for a SPACE Grant in August, please note that our regular September Board Meeting will not be held until September 18th, 2017, in conjunction with our Annual Meeting on the same date. This means that SPACE Grants for the month will not be considered until that date. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Grants Manager, Suzanne Easton, at (503) 935-5370 or email@example.com.
EMSWCD is currently conducting a survey of residents in our service area, in order to measure awareness of our organization and services we offer. If you have received an email from Consumer Opinion Services asking to participate in the survey, we hope you will give your feedback. Your answers will help us understand how to better serve your needs.
If this is your first time learning of EMSWCD, welcome! We invite you to learn more about the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District. Our mission is to help people care for land and water, and we offer a variety of services to help people, organizations and partners do so. Call us at (503) 222-7645 or use our Contact Us page to get started.
- Free workshops for urban and rural residents, as well as annual events like our Native Plant Sale and our Yard Tour.
- Free site visits – we can help you handle conservation issues on your property.
- Grants to help you or your organization take on conservation projects and environmental education.
- A land conservation program – assistance for farmers and landowners looking to protect agricultural and natural lands.
- And much more! Learn more in our About EMSWCD section.
The 2017 Agricultural Census is coming up
Farmers, make sure you are counted in the 2017 Agricultural Census! You may request the report form all through June.
Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form by visiting agcensus.usda.gov and clicking on the “Make Sure You Are Counted ” button through June. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017).
Please visit the agcensus.usda.gov website to be added.