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Got dirt? Then register now for Soil School 2014

West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is offering Soil School 2014, a day packed full of information for small farmers, landscapers, gardeners, grounds managers and anyone else who wants to improve the health of their soil.

The health of your soil determines the health of everything that grows in it—the food you eat, the products you sell and the natural world that is sustained by it.

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 at Lewis & Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road in Portland. Cost is $30 per person, or $50 for two people. Lunch is included.

Attendees will learn about soil structure, texture and composition and get a chance to examine and interpret a sample of their own soil through a microscope with assistance from a soil scientist.

Participants will also have an opportunity to get their hands dirty as they learn how to use a probe to sample soil outside and view native plantings in their natural habitats.

Speakers and panelists confirmed to date include Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware entomologist and author of “Bringing Nature Home;” Scott Burns, Portland State University geology professor; James Cassidy, (aka Dr. Soil), soil instructor at Oregon State University; Weston Miller, OSU Extension community and urban horticulturalist; and Cory Owens, soil scientist, NRCS

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided and door prizes also will be awarded.

For more information, call WMSWCD Rural Conservationist Scott Gall at 503-238-4775, ext. 105, or email at scott@wmswcd.org.

All attendees are invited to a Soil Social with all the speakers following the workshop.

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