The SASWCD has been busy planning various educational events for 2019, writing grants for new projects, and taking some time out to remember to stop and smell all of the amazing blossoms and flowers that are beginning to show. Be sure to check our website or Facebook page for updated District happenings listed below.
July-August: SoilYourUndies soil health experiment. Follow SASWCD's Facebook page to check out updates on this SASWCD and NRCS soil health project. We'll be visiting SASWCD's board member's farms to plant cotton underwear and then return in 2 months to dig them up and record the level of decomposition. The underwear will be buried in fields under different rotations and tillage management. A fun diversion for us and a good way to get a visual on soil health.
July 11: Walk and Talk Camp Road workshop with state soil scientist Dave Rocque. Informal workshop on the South Shore Rd of Drew's Lake that will begin at 8:30am where South Shore and Winter Rd meet. State soil scientist Dave Rocque has lots of gravel road experience and will discuss problem-solving solutions to road issues that are low-cost and nearly maintenance-free. We'll walk the road and discuss erosion control measures and problem-solve with camp owner erosion and runoff issues. Open to the public, contractors, and municipal workers. DEP recertification credits available. Contact the District at 254-4126 for more information. No pre-registration necessary.
August 7: Conservation Farm Tour - The SASWCD will be holding farm tours of three farms in the Patten area: a dairy farm and two diversified vegetable and blueberry farms. Event will include transportation and a local farms-sourced lunch. Cost is $15 and pre-registration is required due to limited seating. Check under the "Education" tab at the top of this page to view the invitation.
October 5: Aroostook Apple Day is back and will be held at the Unitarian Church on Military St in Houlton with fruit tastings, apple and pear information, classes on the history of Aroostook Apples, small fruit growing, and more. Check back as we get closer to the date for details on the day's events.
BIG TREE CONTEST - The SASWCD and Maine Forest Service are continuing to encourage people of all ages to appreciate the value of trees and forest with a fun competition, "Big Tree Contest". It is easy to participate. If you know of a tree that fits the "Big Tree" criteria, simply fill out a nomination form and submit it to the SASWCD. District Forester Dan Jacobs will follow up and measure the tree, recording its dimensions based on a formula. Competition will be held from January until October, with a complete list of nominated trees and measurements available at that time. It's a good excuse to get outside! You may download a Tree Nomination Form here. A list of native Maine trees can be found on the Maine Forest Service website at Forest Trees of Maine. It's a great resource as it includes photos of our native tree species.