Soil School

hands cupped and filled with soil; text overlay Soil School 2021

Join us and our partner, Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District, for the ninth annual Soil School! This year it’s online!

To continue with health and safety precautions, we will be hosting the workshop as a free webinar series over the month of April.

Live sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (7:30 p.m. for Opening Session and Keynote).

All sessions will be recorded and will be posted to Tualatin SWCD’s YouTube after the live event.

Register for individual sessions here. 

Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m., April 6 – April 29.

Local soil experts will share their knowledge of topics related to soil and soil health, and will be available to answer your soil-related questions.

April 6 – Opening Session: It’s all about SOIL!
April 8 – Four Principles of Soil Health
April 13 – How To Meadowscape for Carbon Sequestration
April 15 – Keynote: Indigenous Traditional Ecological and Cultural Knowledge Practices
April 20 – Economics of Soil Health
April 22 – Soil Microbes: The Unseen World Beneath Our Feet
April 27 – Biochar: An Ancient Amendment and Its Modern Day Applications
April 29 – Dirt Simple: Carbon Farming at Home

About Soil School

In non-pandemic times, Soil School is typically a day-long workshop that includes multiple sessions on a wide variety of topics – all having to do with soil. We are pleased to offer the workshop as a free webinar series this year, where all participants are able to attend any and all of the sessions.

We hope to return to a regular one-day event next year so students have the option to participate in hands-on learning in the Washington County Master Gardener Association Education Garden. Soil School is tailored toward gardeners, landscape professionals, and farmers in the community, and is designed to educate and provide networking opportunities for attendees.

Soil School is presented by West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District and Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District. For more information, contact Renee Magyar, WMSWCD Communications & Outreach Manager at or (503) 238-4775 x101.

Soil School 2019 Agenda & speaker presentations:

It’s All About Soil!, James Cassidy || Cover Crops, Dean Moberg || Soil Microbes, Jen Moore-Kucera || Mason Bees, Ron Spendal || Adapting your Yard or Garden for Climate Change, Weston Miller || Solving the Climate Crisis with Healthy Soil, Kristin Ohlson || Soil Dwelling Invertebrates, Celeste Searles-Mazzacano || Regenerating Soil through Plant Density, Erik Swartzendruber || Meadows Combatting Climate Change, Laura Taylor || Hands-on Soil Session – Info Set 1, Info Set 2 – Soil Test Interpretation, Info Set 3 – Soil Testing Labs, Kassia Rudd & Scott Gall

Soil School 2018 Agenda & select speaker presentations:

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