Soil School

Soil School 2018 was a success! Thank you to everyone who attended, and to our skilled and engaging speakers who made every session exciting. 

The date is set for Soil School 2019: Saturday, April 13, at PCC Rock Creek Event Center.  Please check back for updated information. 

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 we will tailor the sessions to stay fresh and relevant to the gardening, landscaping, farming communities. Soil School is designed to educate and provide networking opportunities for attendees. Registration cost in 2018 was $30 per person. We hope you will join us next year!

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

Our 2018 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

Below are select presentations from 2018: 

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

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 & Outreach Manager Renee Magyar at 503-238-4775, ext. 101 or email at