The 2014 Rural Living Field Day is set for Saturday, August 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Howell Territorial Park on Sauvie Island. To register, just visit the West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District website at www.wmswcd.org and click on "Events." The cost is only $15 per person or $20 for families. Morning beverages and snacks will be served as well as a fully catered lunch!
Rural Living Field Day is a fun event for rural landowners and this year the event is sponsored by West Multnomah, Tualatin and Columbia Soil & Water Conservation Districts and the Oregon Small Woodland Association. Our partners include the Scappoose Bay Watershed Council, the Oregon Forest Resource Institute, the Skyline Ridge Neighborhood Association and the Sauvie Island Community Association. The event features speakers addressing a wide variety of issues that face rural homeowners, farmers, and land managers every day. Topics include wildlife, forests, pollinators, invasive weeds, orchards, riparian restoration, crops and soil health, and manure composting.
Tonia Lordy, Home Orchard Society
Mike Cloughesy, Oregon Forest Resources Institute
Michael Ahr, West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
Chas McCoy, Scappoose Bay Watershed Council
Roslyn Gray, Natural Resource Conservation Service
Chip Bubl, OSU Extension
Liz Ruther, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Dean Moberg, Natural Resource Conservation Service
Megan Denton, Able Farms
Evan Gregoire, Boondockers Farm
Amy Love, Love Farm Organics
The location of the event will give participants the opportunity to visit a stream riparian area, a woodland stand, an orchard, a working organic farm and barn. Folks will participate in some hands-on demonstrations and will be able to ask the experts about specific concerns during the break-out sessions. Whether you're a seasoned landowner or just starting your own farm, this is the event for you!
Rural Living Field Day is also a great time for landowners to meet each other and share concerns and ideas about their properties and operations, and make valuable professional and personal contacts.