The SASWCD is continuing their "319" Clean Water Act Grant in its final year by focusing on backyard livestock farms in the Meduxnekeag Watershed. Grant funds will be used to help with practices like controlling nutrient runoff and planting riparian buffers. If you have a small farm with just a few animals and would like the District to conduct a site visit, please contact the office to schedule one.
Most of the grant funding has gone to a focus on soil health and in 2018, there were over 200 acres in multi-species cover crops. Mixtures were designed to produce haylage, as a biofumigant, for pasturing beef cattle, and as a general soil building mix. ALL help build soil life. The photo below is of an 11 species cover crop mixture grown that the farmer will chop, allow re-growth and see what comes back next spring for an additional year of cover.
"Funding for this project, in part, was provided by the US Environmental Protection Agency under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The funding is administered by the Maine Dept of Environmental Protection in partnership with EPA."
For more information on growing cover crops, please contact the District. We'd love to share what Southern Aroostook farmers are doing on their land for soil health. For some soil health practices images and ideas, check out SARE's online library featuring photos and cover crop presentations. Click on SARE link