July-Sept: "SoilYourUndies" soil health experiment. Check out SASWCD's Facebook page as we begin digging up the "planted" underwear and posting the results. We've been surprised at the level of decomposition thus far and are looking forward to viewing all 6 pairs from SASWCD's board member's farms. It's been a fun diversion for us and a good way to get the soil health message out through social media.
In this "SoilYourUndies" August 28 photo, potato farmer Jimmy Fitzpatrick of Houlton digs up what's left of "his" underwear after 9 weeks in the potato field.
November 2: Women's Chainsaw Safety Class - Introductory workshop to provide women the fundamentals of safe chainsaw use. Location and class details forthcoming so please check back!
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.