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 acres in multi-species cover crops. Mixtures were geared to produce haylage, as a biofumigant, and for pasturing beef cattle. All help build soil life. The photos below are some of the cover crop mixtures grown. For more information on growing cover crops, contact the District.
"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 some soil health practices images and ideas, check out SARE's online library featuring photos and cover crop presentations. Click on SARE link