The SASWCD is continuing their "319" Clean Water Act Grant with farmers located within the Meduxnekeag Watershed.
Most of the grant funding has focused on soil health and in 2021, there were over 225 acres in multi-species cover crops associated with the project. Mixtures were designed to produce haylage, act as a natural biofumigant, and as a general soil building mix. ALL help build soil life. The photo below is of an 10 species cover crop mixture grown that the farmer will mow before plants set seed, eliminating potential regrowth issues during the potato crop next year.
"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