Soil School

We had another fantastic Soil School event, despite the predicted high winds – thank you to everyone who attended this year and to our skilled and engaging speakers who made every session exciting! 

Our presenters included:

  • James (Dr. Soil) Cassidy, OSU Soil Scientist
  • Dr. Celeste Searles Mazzacano, CASM Environmental
  • Dean Moberg, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Weston Miller, OSU Extension Community & Urban Horticulturist
  • Cory Owens, NRCS
  • Marisha Auerbach, Permaculture Rising
  • Claudia Groth, OSU Master Gardener Educator
  • Gail Langellotto, OSU
  • Eileen Stark, Landscape Designer/author
  • Neil Bell, OSU Extension

Here are the presentations we’ve been allowed to post by the author:

Soil Testing & Analysis, Dean Moberg

Plant Problem Diagnosis, Neil Bell

Principals of Soil Health-Cory Owens

Permaculture Part 1 and Part 2-Marisha Auerbach

Improving Soils for Spring Planting-Claudia Groth

Sustainable Design for Home & Habitat handout-Eileen Stark

An Obsession with Odonata: Recognizing, understanding, and sustaining dragonflies and damselflies-Celeste Searles Mazzacano

The following presentations are not available from author to post: Pest Management without Pesticides, Hedgerows for Habitat, and Sustainable Design for Home & Habitat 

The date for Soil School 2019 is Saturday, April 13, at PCC Rock Creek Event Center.  Please visit this web page for updated information in the fall!  

Soil School 2018 is sponsored by West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District and Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District.

For more information, please call WMSWCD Communications Coordinator Carolyn Lindberg at 503/238-4775, ext. 101 or email at

OSU Soil Scientist James Cassidy gets passionate about soil at 2014 Soil School

Soil School is a day-long workshop that includes multiple sessions on a wide variety of topics – all having to do with soil. We love to feature the entertaining and dynamic James Cassidy, an Oregon State University soil scientist who has a passion for soil! We schedule exciting and passionate experts to speak on a host of interesting and informative topics.

Each year, the sessions may change slightly, as we try to stay relevant to the gardening, landscaping, farming community.

Soil School is designed to educate and provide networking opportunities for attendees. Watch our website for information about Soil School in January as Soil School is typically held in early April…just in time for spring!