Multnomah County - Information for Partners and Participants
Over 200 different crops are grown in Multnomah County.
Multnomah County is in the northwestern part of Oregon. This county has a total area of 270,400 acres, or 431 square miles. It is the smallest county in the State. Portland, the largest city, is in the center of the county. The population of Multnomah County is 735,334. This makes Multnomah County is the most urbanized county in Oregon with 1,705 persons per square mile.
The number of farms is decreasing but the size of the farms is increasing. Most of the agland is in nursery stock, forage or vegetables, with berries and field crops rounding out the top five enterprises.
The NRCS office, located in NW Portland, offers voluntary technical and financial assistance to private landowners interested in natural resource conservation. Historically, the NRCS has focused on soil erosion by water and has started working on forest health improvements on private land. Energy conservation and organic farming are areas the NRCS is promoting through new initiatives.
NRCS Local Conservation Activities and Strategies
The NRCS local work group in Multnomah County has identified invasive species, forest health and soil erosion as the top three natural resource areas of concern that can be positively affected by NRCS assistance. Invasive species includes noxious herbaceous weeds and aquatic invasive species. Forest health concerns include wildfire hazard, disease and pest infestations. Soil erosion by water is a concern due to harvest activities during the rainy season.
NRCS Programs Available
Additional Conservation Resources Available
- East and West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation Districts
- Johnson Creek and Tryon Creek Watershed Councils
- Lower Columbia River Estuary Program
- Oregon Department of Agriculture
- Oregon Department of Forestry
- Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Work Group Updates
If you are interested in participating, please contact the NRCS District Conservationist listed below.
For meeting information, please click here.
High Tunnel, High Yield -- Feeding local urban communities
Stacey Givens owns a unique operation in Portland’s northeast Cully neighborhood called The Side Yard Farm and Kitchen. It’s an urban farm with three separate lots within one mile from each other, a supper and brunch club, and a catering company. When she’s not busy farming and cooking, Givens also coordinates weddings, parties and other special events on her farm, including kid camps and education activities. She even dabbles in bee keeping. More (HTML...)
Key Words: Soil Health, EQIP, High Tunnel, Lower Willamette Basin
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For Additional Assistance Contact
NRCS District Conservationist: Kimberly Galland (503) 210-6032
East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District: (503) 222-SOIL
West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District: (503) 238-4775
Multnomah County is 5th in caneberries and nursery/greenhouse production in Oregon.
Mace Vaughn, of the Xerces Society, samples a Sauvie Island organic farm's pollinator hedgerow.