There are many diverse educational offerings happening at the Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District right now beginning with the annual "Winter Ag School" series. The next class on "Growing Small Fruits and Berries" will be March 4th from 6pm - 8pm at the Houlton office of Cooperative Extension with Extension's Dave Handley, small fruit and vegetable specialist. For information on additional upcoming classes, check out "Winter Ag School" under the "Events" tab. All classes are free and open to the public.
The District's annual "Fruit Tree and Shrub Sale" is also underway. Complete listing can be viewed in the "Fundraising" tab under "Events". All orders are due at the District no later than Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
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.
SASWCD MIssion: Assist and educate the public to promote stewardship of soil and water resources to landowners.
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, Board Chair, Merrill Peter Qualey, Sherman
Jon Scott, Linneus Perry Lilley, Smyrna
Sue Caswell, Dyer Brook
Tim O'Donnell, Hodgdon Dana Johnson, Littleton
Education for all landowners is an important part of our work. Check out listings under "Events" to see what is happening this summer in Southern Aroostook.