Soil School 2015 – Portland

WMSWCDWebLogoNewWest Multnomah Soil & Water conservation District presents 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 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Registration 8:00-8:30 a.m.)

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:  at www.wmswcd.org

Attendees will learn about soil structure, texture and composition.  You’ll also learn about growing crops and gardens using beneficial insects and how to improve your soil through cover crops.  One session will focus on organic weed control, the myths and methods.  Expert speakers will talk about irrigation and how to make sure you’re watering your plants in the most efficient way as well as the recent movement to replace lawns with low-maintenance native groundcovers and grasses. Finally, they’ll have a session on slugs and snails, which ones you want to get rid of and the most effective way to control them.

Speakers/panelists to date include:

  • Jeff Lowenfels, author of “Teaming with Nutrients” and “Teaming with Microbes”
  • James “Dr. Soil” Cassidy, Oregon State University soil scientist

Soil School 2014 is sponsored by East and West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Oregon Tilth, OSU Small Farms Program and OSU Master Gardeners.

Breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided.  For more information, please call WMSWCD Rural Conservationist Scott Gall at 503/238-4775, ext. 105 or email at scott@wmswcd.org.