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 SASWCD is 75!

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In celebration of this milestone, we have had some great educational events including a pig roast and SASWCD Awards Recognition dinner in August. Kingsbury Family Farm was selected as the 2017 Conservation Farmer of the year and we had a great night at Hidden Spring Winery honoring them and Sue Szwed as Outstanding Conservation Partner.

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PLANTS GROW SOIL - We've got a great line-up of speakers coming for the Thursday, November 2 workshop at the Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum in Littleton from 9-2. Ag educator and consultant RJ Rant from Michigan will be here talking about how he has helped potato farmers tweak management practices to improve their soils. Keith Berns of Green Cover Seed, specializing in multi-species mixes will also be here, as will NRCS soil health team leader Brandon Smith. $10 fee includes lunch. Pre-registration is encouraged and may be done by calling the SASWCD office at 254-4126 or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Plants Grow Soil workshop is made possible through grant funding from the Broad Reach Fund of the Maine Community Foundation and through the U.S. EPA under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. Please contact the District if you require special accommodations.

BIG TREE CONTEST - The SASWCD and Maine Forest Service are teaming up to encourage people of all ages to appreciate the value of trees andHemlock 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 winners announced 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.

Grant Project Highlights
August 16 over 50 people gathered at Donald Fitzpatrick's Farm as part of the CIG FIELD DAY. The field day was part of a three-year Conservation Innovation Grant project the SASWCD has been working on with three area farmers. The day's special guest was Colorado potato farmer Brendon Rockey who has transformed his potato ground through the use of compost, flower strips, multi-species mixes and legume companion plantings with potatoes as a way to stop using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.The photo below shows field day participants in Donald's 10 species cover crop mix. Check out information about the CIG Grant under "Projects" and to view more photos of the day.
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About Soil and Water Conservation Districts:
Soil and Water Conservation Districts work as the grass roots connection between local, state and federal agencies and producers and have done so since 1935, when Congress agreed to a Soil Conservation Service after spending an afternoon in session with skies darkened by soil particles blown in from the Great Plains. The Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District became recognized under Maine State Law in January of 1942. Since then, the SASWCD has grown from working with farmers as conservation "cooperators" to include all landowners.
Education for all landowners is an important part of our work. Check out listings under "Education" and "Fundraising" to see what is happening this fall in Southern Aroostook.


Assist and educate the public to promote stewardship of soil and water resources to landowners.

Board of Supervisors

The Southern Aroostook SWCD is locally-led by a volunteer board of Supervisors who direct district staff in determining natural resource priorities and educational programs. The current board of Supervisors include:

Elected and Appointed Supervisors
Gene Lawlor, Chair, Merrill
Peter Qualey, Sherman
Jake Dyer, Monticello
Perry Lilley, Smyrna
Sue Caswell, Dyer Brook

Associate Supervisors
Linda Trickey, Smyrna
Sharon O'Donnell, Hodgdon

The board of supervisors meet the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm at USDA Service Center. The public is welcome to attend.