Horticulture fundraiser draws community

OREGON – The annual Horticulture Club plant sale at Clackamas Community College started on Friday, and people lined up outside Clairmont Hall to buy student-grown plants for as low as 1 dollar for single starts…Booths from the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District and Clackamas River Water Providers […]

Oregon environmental regulators gauge water quality

OREGON – Officials from DEQ and members of the Environmental Quality Commission — which oversees the agency — recently toured streams near The Dalles that had garnered additional scrutiny under the state’s agricultural water quality program…“Initially, it seemed a little scary to invite the regulators in,” said Shilah […]

MHCC to remove pavement to improve water quality

OREGON – Blacktop will be replaced with rain gardens to ameliorate runoff, enhancing salmon habitat…The project also includes the environmental nonprofit Sandy River Watershed Council and funding from Metro regional government, the city of Gresham, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Spirit Mountain Community Fund and the […]

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Hugh Hammond Bennett

Soil has long been confused with land. It is but one part of land. For conservation purposes land must be regarded in terms of all its component parts: soil, slope, climate, susceptibility to depreciation by erosion, over-cropping or other processes of deterioration.

Wendell Berry

The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.

Hugh Hammond Bennett

Many farmers—most farmers, and that means millions—need some technical help in making the change to this more efficient, easier, and more productive type of farming, and they need also moral support and encouragement.