Soil School

Soil School 2017 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.

When:  Saturday, April 8, from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Check-in 8-8:30 am)

Where:  PCC Rock Creek Event Center, 17705 NW Springville Road, PDX

Cost:  $30 per person or $50 for two people (Breakfast snacks & lunch provided)

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Attendees will learn about soil structure/composition and analysis as well as topics such as planting for pollinators, cover crops, irrigation, landscaping with native plants, composting, invasive weeds, fungi, permaculture, composting, pest management, and rebuilding urban soils.

Speakers/panelists to date include:

Keynote speaker: Eileen Stark, landscape designer and author of Real Gardens Grow Natives

  • James “Dr. Soil” Cassidy, Oregon State University soil scientist
  • Dean Moberg, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Weston Miller, OSU Extension Community & Urban Horticulturist
  • Kim Galland, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Michelle Delepine, West Multnomah SWCD Invasive Species Program
  • Kathy Pendergrass, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Naomi Montacre, Naomi’s Organics
  • Jordan Weiss, Jordan’s Mushrooms
  • Marisha Auerbach, Permaculture Rising
  • Travis Godeaux, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Glen Andresen, Metro/OSU Extension
  • Jim Labonte, Oregon Department of Agriculture

Soil School 2017 is sponsored by West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, and OSU Extension.

No refunds will be given after Friday, March 24, 2017. 

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

Soil School is a day-long workshop that includes multiple sessions on a wide variety of topics – all having to do with soil. For the past four years, we’ve featured 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.

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

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

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 the first part of each year. Typically, Soil School is held in April. For more information about Soil School, contact Communications Coordinator Carolyn Myers Lindberg, or 503.238.4775, ext. 101.

2016 Session presentations and handouts:

Using Cover Crops: Cover Crops for Home Gardens, Cover Crops for Home Gardens West of the Cascades, Managing Cover Crops Profitably

Soil Testing & Analysis

Lawn Conversion

Slugs & Snails


Stormwater Management

Planting for Pollinators

Invasive Weed I.D.

Composting/Organic Land Care

Vermiculture: Worm Bin Basics, Worm Bin Construction

Organic Weed Control

Landscaping with Native Plants