Orders for the Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District's annual tree, shrub and flower sale have been submitted. Pick up date for all orders is this Friday, May 8.
SASWCD's annual Trout sale is now happening. To download a trout order form, please click here. All orders must include a valid stocking permit from IF&W that can be downloaded from their site at http://www.state.me.us/ifw/licenses_permits/pdfs/fishstocking.pdf. Orders must be submitted to SASWCD by May 22. Trout pick up will be Thursday, May 28 at 11am. Call the SASWCD at 532-2087 x101 for more information.
Conservation Innovation Grant
The SASWCD is partnering with three Southern Aroostook potato farmers on a grant project that involves planting legumes (pictured left) in-row with potato crops. The three-mix cover includes Desi-Chickpea, Greenfix Chickling Vetch, and Yellow Spring Forage Peas. One of the farmers will be planting a 15 multi-species forage mix that will later have cattle rotated through it. The grant will demonstrate how multi-species mixes can help soil health while providing available nitrogen to the crops, ultimately reducing the application of nitrogen fertilizer.
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
Linda Trickey, Smyrna
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.