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Farms

We’re here to help! West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District can help you with questions about horses, livestock, organic and conventional farming, and many other issues involved with living on a farm in Western Oregon. Are your animals up to their ears in mud? Is your manure pile overshadowing you house? Want to know more about getting certified Organic? Please call, email or stop by!

For rural farming concerns, please contact Rural Conservationist Scott Gall, 503.238.4775, ext. 105 or scott (at) wmswcd.org. For urban issues, contact Urban Conservationist Mary Logalbo, 503.238.4775, ext. 103 or mary (at) wmswcd.org.

Organic & Conventional

West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District is here to help with both types of operations.

Eggplants and Cover CroppingWe work with farms to:

  • Reduce fertilizer use without decreasing production
  • Install pollinator hedgerows
  • Improve soil quality
  • Increase sustainable practices
  • Decrease pests
  • Improve irrigation

Please contact us if you have questions about any of these issues.

Invasive Weeds

Any farm has undesirable plants, but here in Multnomah County, we have some noxious weeds that we really need to watch out for. Invasive weeds such as English ivy, Japanese knotweed, and garlic mustard can invade your property and spread quickly. They have the potential to push many or all of the natives out of the way, and English ivy can kill healthy native trees by choking them of sunlight. Weeds from your neighbor’s property can quickly become a big problem for you. We recommend early detection of these plants followed by a phone call to our office so that we can help you get rid of them quickly. Please see our Invasive Weeds Program page for more details on identifying these plants.

Wildlife

From deer to elk, song birds to raptors, and salmon to sturgeon, the Conservation District supports a wide range of wildlife species and habitat types. Whether your land is on the steep slopes of the West Hills or the soggy lowlands of Sauvie Island – wildlife of all shapes and sizes frequent your property. We work with landowners who are interested in the value their property gives to the animals, insects and fish they love. From plants that benefit the bees to providing natural areas on underproductive fields, we can help you with planning, funding and creation of natural habitat.

Conservation Plans

We encourage all landowners to work with us to complete a conservation plan for their property. These plans help landowners determine objectives are for their land. It’s a great exercise to think about how you want your farm to look in the future and how your grandchildren may use it. A conservation plan will detail the soil, water, animals, plants, weeds, and wildlife that you currently have on your property and document future actions manage your resources.

Partnerships

The Conservation District works with OSU Extension to provide a more localized and accurate nitrate calculator for Sauvie Island growers. Conventional soil testing isn’t much help to farmers because of the unique hydrology and soil make up on the Island. Using more extensive and aggressive soil testing techniques, we hope to provide growers with accurate field-by-field recommendations. We also have strong relationships with the Sauvie Island Drainage Improvement Company; helping them with a Hydrologic Survey of the drainage system with the hopes of more efficiently managing water resources on the Island. Along with our partners, we assist landowners with a series of educational activities as well as project planning and implementation.


Projects

Sauvie Island Pond Project

In 2012, District staff and then-board chair Jane Hartline (an enthusiastic volunteer) identified nine different landowners with potential to improve wildlife habitat at their 10 Sauvie Island ponds, which total 6.5 acres. The project began […]

Kingsley Community Garden

A West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District FISH grant (Financial Incentives for Sustainable Habitat) was awarded to the Linnton Neighborhood Association (LNA) for a new community garden at Kingsley Park.  LNA plans to create […]

McMahon Farm Heavy Use Paddock

Horses are a common site in the rural areas of Multnomah County. In the pastoral setting of Sauvie Island, they just seem to fit. However the silt and clay soils, coupled with 40 inches of […]

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