Soil School

Thank you for attending Soil School 2017!  We hope the day gave you lots of new information and energized you to improve the health of your soil!

Our keynote speaker was Eileen Stark, landscape designer and author of Real Gardens Grow Natives

Our presenters included:

  • James “Dr. Soil” Cassidy, Oregon State University soil scientist and instructor
  • Dean Moberg, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Weston Miller, OSU Extension Community & Urban Horticulturist
  • Kim Galland, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Cory Owens, NRCS
  • 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

We will gather the presentations and post them on this page for all to view and save. Watch for updates!

2017 Session presentations and handouts:

James Cassidy: Soil is Alive!, Part 1, Part 2

Soil Testing & Analysis

Principals of Soil Health


Intro to Permaculture: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Erosion Control Practices

Cover Crops presentation, Cover Crops Management, Estimating Nitrogen Release from Cover Crops

Fungi presentation, Mycological Resources in Portland

Invasive Weed Identification

Pest Management/Ground beetles

In lieu of his composting presentation, our speaker offers this site for information.

Planting for Pollinators

(No materials were available for Building Urban Soils)


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

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.