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Prairie Soils for Sustainable Restoration
Teresa Matteson | April 8, 2021

Can information from the soil explain why some prairie restoration efforts are more successful than others? In 2016, the Prairie Soils for Sustainable Restoration project set out to find the answer, thanks to funding from Oregon Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Conservation Neighbor: Andy Gallagher
Teresa Matteson | December 29, 2020

Andy Gallagher first came to Benton SWCD looking for conservation-minded people in the Willamette Valley.

Book Review: Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth
Heath Keirstead | July 2, 2020

Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth has an optimistic message of standing up for your beliefs and it’s a great adventure story written for 9-13 year olds.

Mud and Manure
Heath Keirstead | June 11, 2020

If you have livestock, you have to manage mud and manure. Click here to watch an excellent webinar titled Managing Mud and Manure on Your Small Farm, hosted by Melissa Fery of OSU Extension Service Small Farms Program. Sacrifice Areas A practice highlighted in the webinar is the construction of a sacrifice area, a reinforced

Healthy Soil Helps the Planet! Part 5
Erik Swartzendruber | December 9, 2019

Welcome to the Willamette Valley Regenerative Landscape Coalition Soil Carbon Blog series! The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author of this five-part blog series do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Benton Soil & Water Conservation District representatives. Part 5: Limits to soil carbon sequestration There is understandable hype about

Healthy Soil Helps the Planet! Part 4
Erik Swartzendruber | October 21, 2019

Welcome to the Willamette Valley Regenerative Landscape Coalition Soil Carbon Blog series! The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author of this five-part blog series do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Benton Soil & Water Conservation District representatives. Part 4: Increasing organic matter levels more quickly In science class, many

Who knew soiled undies could be so interesting?
Teresa Matteson | July 24, 2019

  This past year, Oregon NRCS has challenged growers to test their soil health using a new method, the Soil Your Undies Challenge! Active soil microbes are hard at work in healthy soil, but those little buggers are not easy to directly measure. Indirectly, you can track the rate of decomposition of cotton fabric as

What Has Your Garden Been Doing Lately?
Owen Dell | June 14, 2019

Even if your garden is small, it’s helping to regulate the climate.

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