Soil School

collage with adult students in classroom and outdoors, soil stakes in garden, book and soil samplePlanning for Soil School 2021 is underway! 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 6-7:30pm and all sessions will be recorded and available here. Registration will open in mid-February. 

About Soil School

Soil School is typically a day-long workshop that includes multiple sessions on a wide variety of topics – all having to do with soil. The focus for 2019 was on climate change and its effects on soil ecosystems. 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 about Soil School, 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