East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District Offers Free Workshops

The East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District offers free workshops, about which they say: “Discover ways to save time, money and energy on your property through our FREE workshops. From naturescaping to livestock management, our classes help you care for your land in ways that benefit people, water and wildlife.”

Below is a small selection of workshops that you can attend within SE Portland. See their website for full details and a list of all workshops that they offer.

Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden

Learn about the bees, flies, beetles, moths and butterflies that provide vital pollination services in urban gardens, and discover which plants can help attract and support them. We will go beyond the bloom so you can find out how to provide water, shelter, nesting, and overwintering sites. Register online or call 503-222-7645 for more information.

  • Sun, Oct. 7 (1-3:30pm) @ Southeast Uplift (map)
  • Sun, Nov. 18 (1-3:30pm) @ OMSI Parker Room (map)

Rain Gardens 101

Learn how rain gardens add beauty and color to your yard while helping restore the health of urban streams at the same time. You will get step-by-step details on how to plan, design and build your own rain garden. Where possible, workshop includes a short tour of a nearby rain garden. Register online or call 503-222-7645 for more information.

  • Sun, Oct. 14 (1-5pm) @ Southeast Uplift (map)

Creating an Edible Landscape 

This workshop will give you insight and tools for thoughtfully incorporating edible plants into your landscape – from annual veggies and herbs to perennial berries and fruit trees. Register online or call 503-222-7645 for more information.

  • Sun, Dec. 9 (1-3:30pm) @ OMSI Parker Room (map)

Native Plants

Explore the benefits of gardening with Native plants. Discover Portland’s most common native plant communities, learn which species do well in similar growing conditions, and get tips to help them thrive. Register online or call 503-222-7645 for more information.

  • Sat, Nov. 3 (9:30am-12pm) @ Trinity United Methodist Church (map)

Beneficial Insects

Meet the beetles, bugs, flies, lacewings and other invertebrates that provide free pest control. You will discover ways to attract and sustain these friendly beneficial insects that help your garden thrive. Register online or call 503-222-7645 for more information.

  • Sat, Nov. 10 (9-11:30am) @ Quaker Meetinghouse Social Hall (map)

Portland Parks Foundation is Seeking Nominations for a Parks Champion!

Know someone who’s been a champion for Portland parks? The Portland Parks Foundation wants to recognize their service to a park, community center, natural area, or community garden. They will make a grant of $1,500 on behalf of the winner to a community organization that aligns with our mission. You have until Friday, September 7th to nominate!

Click here to submit a nomination.

You may also want to consider joining as a member, or donating directly, to the Portland Parks Foundation to support the wonderful work they do for all of us!


National Night Out was a big success!

Thank you to the Foster-Powell community for a wonderfully successful National Night Out event! Our rough estimate is that we had around 250 FoPo neighbors in attendance.

Thank you to the organizations that had tables at the event and shared information about their offerings and provided gifts to the community.

We hope you saw the information about the upcoming mural in Essex Park.

Your Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association is 100% volunteer run! We are your neighbors and we happily give our time to events like this and other neighborhood/community building activities. Please join us at our monthly meetings on the 2nd Monday of every month (except no meeting in August). We are always looking for people to jump in and help out with projects. Make sure your voice and, more importantly, your time and effort are contributing to your community.

Thanks again for making 2018’s National Night Out event such a success!