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 SASWCD is 75!

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In celebration of this milestone, we have LOTS of educational events and an August field day planned to celebrate. Stay tuned and check back for more information on all of our upcoming events.

Grant News: the SASWCD will  be working on the last year of a three-year Conservation Innovation Grant project, culminating in a field day August 16th featuring Colorado potato farmer Brendon Rockey. The SASWCD was also recently awarded a DEP Clean Water Act grant that will allow us to cost-share conservation practices on farms within the Meduxnekeag Watershed. Check under "Projects" for more information or contact the District directly.


SASWCD AWARDS RECOGNITION DINNER  - The SASWCD will be honoring Kingsbury Family Farm as 2017 Outstanding Conservation Farmer and Sue Szwed with an Outstanding Conservation Partner award at a special dinner and pig roast Tuesday, August 15 at 6pm. The dinner will be held at Hidden Spring Winery in Hodgdon. Tickets are limited and MUST be purchased in advance. Cost of ticket is $25 and there will be a cash bar. Contact the District for more information at 254-4126 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CIG FIELD DAY, AUGUST 16 - A field day will be held Wednesday, August 16 with featured guest speaker Brendon Rockey of Rockey Farms in Colorado. Brendon is a third-generation biotic specialty potato farmer whose approach focuses on soil life. Mark Fulford, CIG project advisor and Will Brinton of Woods End Labs will also be guest speakers. Field day will run from 9:00am to 2:30pm at Donald Fitzpatrick's farm field on Jordan Rd in Houlton. Cost of field day is $10 and includes lunch provided by the Vault Restaurant. Pre-registration is appreciated. 5.5 CCA credits and 2 Pesticide credits available. Contact the District for additional information by email or 254-4126.

BIG TREE CONTEST - The SASWCD and Maine Forest Service are teaming up to encourage people of all ages to appreciate the value of trees andHemlock forest with a fun competition, "Big Tree Contest". It is easy to participate. If you know of a tree that fits the "Big Tree" criteria, simply fill out a nomination form and submit it to the SASWCD. District Forester Dan Jacobs will follow up and measure the tree, recording its dimensions based on a formula. Competition will be held from January until October, with winners announced at that time. It's a good excuse to get outside! You may download a Tree Nomination Form here. A list of native Maine trees can be found on the Maine Forest Service website at Forest Trees of Maine. It's a great resource as it includes photos of our native tree species.

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 winter in Southern Aroostook.