304 North Street Houlton Maine 04730



GRANT AWARDS Charlie Cart in the Classroom

MOBILE KITCHEN CART PROJECT - The SASWCD has received a USDA-Farm to School grant to teach Houlton elementary children food and nutrition education through hands-on cooking classes. Mrs. Faulkingham's 4th graders were the first students to use the mobile cart, called "The Charlie Cart" and Alexis Smith tries out the resulting carrot and beet salad with citrus vinaigrette. The Charlie Cart will be housed alternately at Houlton's Elementary and Southside Schools. An official training session with the Charlie Cart's project team will take place in Spring, 2020. Until then, we will have fun teaching kids how to cook simple, healthy foods! For more information about the grant, please contact the SASWCD via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MEDUXNEKEAG RIVER WATERSHED RESTORATION, PHASE II PROJECT - The SASWCD has also received funding approval for a Dept of Environmental Protection grant to target specific agricultural practices in the Meduxnekeag Watershed, as well as cover cropping and winter cover work. The grant project will begin 2020. Any farmers in the watershed who are interested in participating should contact the District at 254-4126 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss.


TROUT SALE - The annual sale of Brook trout is happening with a scheduled pick up date of May 27. For ordering details, including a link to the IF&W permit application, please click on the "Fundraising" tab at the top of this page.

WINTER AG SCHOOL 2020 -  Due to COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately the SASWCD had to cancel or postpone our last 3 classes. If you would like to be notified when the "Beekeeping"  or "Women's Chainsaw Safety" classes are rescheduled, please email the District to be placed on a notification list. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You can also follow SASWCD on Facebook for updates on future classes. 

 BASIC AND ADVANCED EROSION CONTROL PRACTICES - The SASWCD and Dept of Environmental Protection have postponed this class at the Houlton Town Office until Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Due to the current circumstances, if a contractor needed this course to become certified in Erosion & Sedimentation Control Practices, please contact the District for information on how to temporarily obtain the certification online. 

NORTHERN REGIONAL ENVIROTHON - Due to school closures within Maine, the regional Envirothon that was scheduled for Tuesday, May 19 at Riverfront Park in Houlton has been canceled. 

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
Jake Dyer, Vice-Chair, Monticello
Perry Lilley, Treasurer, Smyrna
James Fitzpatrick, Houlton

Associate Supervisors

Bud Philbrook, Island Falls

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