Soil School

About Soil School

Soil School is a day-long workshop that includes multiple sessions on a wide variety of topics – all having to do with soil. Soil School is a great event for beginning, intermediate, and advanced home gardeners and curious farmers. Soil School is presented by West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District and Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District.

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    Soil School 2024

    Calling all gardeners– from aspiring to advanced–to Soil School 2024! The event offers 8 sessions taught by experts to learn about how improving soil health improves plant, garden, and habitat health. $35 covers the whole day, plus breakfast and lunch. Scholarships are available, see details and registration link below.

    Saturday, April 13, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    All sessions are in-person
    Portland Community College Rock Creek Event Center
    17705 NW Springville Rd, Portland, OR 97229

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    Registration Closed

    Agenda for Soil School 2024

    Opening Session: It’s ALL about SOIL! with James Cassidy, Oregon State University

    Breakout Session 1

    Four Principles of Soil Health, Theresa Brehm, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
    Mosses and Mycelium for Pollinators, Pollution, and More! Keiran Sikdar, WEST Consultants, Inc.

    Breakout Session 2

    Gardening to Support Pollinators Year-Round, Matthew Shephard, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
    Mushrooms & Your Garden, Catherine Creech, Mt Hood Community College

    Breakout Session 3

    Simple Practices for Managing Stormwater, Rachel Dvorsky, Stormwater Stars
    Integrated Pest Management for Common Garden Pests, Thomas Jima, Oregon State University

    Breakout Session 4: Outdoors Session

    • From Gravel to Garden Tour: Washington County Master Gardeners
    • Soil Trailer Demonstration: Theresa Brehm, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

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