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Free Beneficial Insects workshop in Corbett on November 16th!

animation of ladybug eating aphids

Are you battling with pests in your farm or garden? We are offering a free workshop that will introduce you to the beetles, flies and centipedes that can help! These beneficial insects protect your land from pests such as aphids and slugs. Learn how to grow healthier plants while reducing the need for insecticide!

This workshop takes place at the Columbia Grange in Corbett on November 16th, and runs from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Register now!

Register now for the
Beneficial Insects workshop!

Join us at the Leasing and Purchasing Farmland workshop on November 2nd!

Join us at Zenger Farm for a free workshop on purchasing and leasing agricultural land on November 2nd! Whether you are a farmer wondering how to get on land or a landowner looking to lease, this workshop has the information for you! This panel discussion and workshop is put on by partners Rogue Farm Corps, OSU Metro Extension Small Farms, EMSWCD, Friends of Family Farmers, and Zenger Farm. The focus of the workshop will be on the Portland Metro region and surrounding area.

Where: Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Rd, Portland 97266 (map link)
When: Wednesday November 2nd, 4:30 – 7 PM, with potluck social to follow

Please join us! There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions, plus a potluck social afterward! RSVP is appreciated but not required. Please email Nellie McAdams at to RSVP or with any questions. Read more

Important information on applying for the Partners in Conservation 2019 grant program

A volunteer at a restoration project

Are you considering applying for a Partners in Conservation (PIC) grant? Please note that EMSWCD is now using an online application system called ZoomGrants. To get started, please create an account and password on the EMSWCD ZoomGrants webpage. Please note the ZoomGrants portal will not be active until November 1st, when EMSWCD begins accepting applications.

Apply on the EMSWCD
ZoomGrants webpage

Note: If you already have a ZoomGrants account from an application to Metro or another organization that uses ZoomGrants, you should enter your existing login information in the page linked above.

All applications are due by 4:00 PM on December 14th, 2018. Read more

Livestock Workshop

Register for our free livestock workshop on August 17th!

Register for our free livestock workshop on August 17th!

Calling all livestock owners! Join us on August 17th at the Columbia Grange for help planning and managing your livestock operation. Presenters will highlight grazing techniques to keep grass growing vigorously, and mud and manure management to minimize runoff into waterways.

Topics include:

  • Manure composting
  • Rotational grazing
  • Heavy use areas
  • Fencing
  • And more!


  • Jeremy Baker, EMSWCD Senior Rural Conservationist
  • Kimberly Galland, NRCS District Conservationist

Click here
to register!

EMSWCD is hiring! Headwaters Farm Operations Assistant

We are seeking a part-time, seasonal Farm Operations Assistant to engage in a wide range of activities related to running and maintaining Headwaters Farm. The Headwaters Farm Operations Assistant will help support Headwaters Farm staff during the growing season while practicing sound stewardship, maintaining equipment, and operating tractors and other machinery, among other general farm tasks.

The application period for this position has closed. Thank you for your interest! Application materials should have been sent by no later than Friday, June 10th, 2016.

We are hiring for a temporary Invasive Weed Technician!

EMSWCD office

Update, 5/2/2016: The application period for this position has now closed. Thank you for your interest!

We are hiring for an Invasive Weed Technician! This position works with our Rural Lands team to map and control high-priority invasive weeds, with the long-term goals of restoration of native plant communities, protecting ecosystem processes and water quality, and preventing erosion.

The ideal candidate has excellent communication skills, a helpful personality, and experience in restoration, vegetation management and utilizing mapping technology and software. This position is part time (20 hours per week) and temporary; the job will begin in May and end on September 30th, 2016.

Learn more about the position here.

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