As we prepare for winter planting of our native trees and shrubs, we share this intriguing article written by Cathy Burk at the Habitat Network. The Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District appreciates […]
From the Natural Resources Conservation Service:
Soil health, also referred to as soil quality, is defined as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. This definition speaks to the importance of managing soils so they are sustainable for future generations. To do this, we need to remember that soil contains living organisms that when provided the basic necessities of life – food, shelter, and water – perform functions required to produce food and fiber.
Only “living” things can have health, so viewing soil as a living ecosystem reflects a fundamental shift in the way we care for our nation’s soils. Soil isn’t an inert growing medium, but rather is teaming with billions of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes that are the foundation of an elegant symbiotic ecosystem. Soil is an ecosystem that can be managed to provide nutrients for plant growth, absorb and hold rainwater for use during dryer periods, filter and buffer potential pollutants from leaving our fields, serve as a firm foundation for agricultural activities, and provide habitat for soil microbes to flourish and diversify to keep the ecosystem running smoothly.
Fall pasture management can help ensure a healthy pasture for next year. As dry summer days give over to autumn rains, pasture grasses experience new root growth and work to store carbohydrates in […]
This posting of Outreach Insight is the monthly report of the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District’s Outreach and Education Program. Soil Health Focus at Lavender Festival This year the focus of the […]
This year’s Clackamas County Fair is themed “Grow it… Sew it… Show it…,” and the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District is geared up to engage children of all ages! Join us August […]
This posting of Outreach Insight is the monthly report of the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District’s Outreach and Education Program. Collection Gathers 9.75 Tons of Pesticides The first of June was a […]
Last week I watered my briefs. Really! I used a bucket and well water to irrigate the soil where I am conducting our soil health assessment with the Cotton Brief Challenge (See Part […]
This is the continuation of a web post from last week explaining how to test the health of your soil by burying a pair of cotton briefs. Catch up and learn how you […]
Are you curious about the health of your soil? Join a group of local farmers and home gardeners who are burying cotton underwear to assess the biological activity of their soil and the […]
Small Farm School will be held this year in July! Get the word out and sign up now. Classes are filling up! This year’s Small Farm School will be held on Thursday, July […]
On June 1, 2018, a pesticide collection event was held at Bolander Field in Molalla, OR. Pesticide applicators from around the North Willamette Valley dropped off their old, unusable, or restricted pesticides for […]