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 Southern Aroostook Farm Tours: SASWCD will be hosting tours of 3 MOFGA certified organic family farms on August 7 from 8am to 2:30pm. Join us as learn more about Wood Prairie Family Farm, Aurora Mills & Farm, and Duff Farms. Cost is $25 and includes lunch and transportation. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. 254-4126 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sponsored in part by Farm Credit East

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 August 29: The SASWCD will be holding a grazing field day at Moosewood Ranch in Smyrna for in-field demonstrations and discussions. Speakers include Gabe Clark Cold Spring Ranch; Jonas Esch, Moosewood Ranch; and Jeremiah Wood. Stay tuned for more details and registration information. 



MEDUXNEKEAG RIVER WATERSHED RESTORATION PHASE III - The SASWCD has received a grant award from the DEP for a Phase III project for the Meduxnekeag River Watershed. This project, funded through the Clean Water Act section 319, will continue working with livestock and crop farmers in the watershed to promote soil health practices, as well as provide educational and outreach opportunities. Stayed tuned for partnership opportunities and event announcements as we begin project activities this year. If you farm in the Meduxnekeag Watershed and are interested in being a participant, please contact the SASWCD at 254-4126 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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

Bud Philbrook, Treasurer, Island Falls
Perry Lilley, Smyrna
James Fitzpatrick, Houlton

Associate Supervisors:

Christy Fitzpatrick, Houlton
Kathryn Harnish, Houlton

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