Soil & Water Conservation District
|last edited 02/25/2015||
Honest, spring is not far off. Check out the tree sale information.
Maine Farm Days 2015 Dates for 2015.
Maine Farm-A-Syst Program
3,200 in 2013
2,940 in 2012
2,410 in 2011
3,210 in 2010
3,720 in 2009
3,260 in 2008.
3,930 in 2007.
3,200 in 2006.
WE APOLOGIZE FOR NOT HAVING UPDATED OUR WEBSITE FOR SO LONG.
I AM NOT VERY TECH SAVEY AND OUR WEBSITE SOFTWARE CHANGED WITHOUT ME KNOWING HOW TO USE IT PROPERLY. Many thanks to Chris Brewer for walking me through a "fix" in a manner I can understand.
The Kennebec SWCD Supervisor election was on November 25th.
Clif Buuck was re-elected to the Board of Supervisors for a three year term.
Unfortuantly we also need to report that Dan Tibbetts, who has been a Kennebec Supervisor for a number of years took ill and died in early December. As a result we have appointed Mary Street as a new Supervisor
Regarding Soils - The Kennebec Districtis begun the work with our surrounding SWCD's, the Extension Service and NRCS to further demonstrate the advantages of practicing agriculture with a focus on soil health i.e. cover crops and no/low tillage practices. The project started on September 1st. Three farms in Kennebec, three farms in Waldo and four farms in Somerset County took advantage of the project and we have started to monitor their efforts. Of course those efforts are all buried under feet of snow now.
...and for those with a sense of humor you may want to watch this YouTube video/sound track. It's gotta bring a smile to your face, regardless of your attitude about "cover crops". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ibso8kirhZo&sns=em
If you are interested in checking out some additional information, you may want to link to the following -
NRCS’ Soil Health Website (Gateway to a lot of resources; such as videos, articles, presentations, farmer testimony, etc):
Soil Health Webinars (Several one-hour informational talks on different Soil Health Topics):
2015 Tree & Shrub sale
We finally have the 2015 tree and shrub offerings available for people to look at and order from. Please see the list of trees and the order form attached to our sale page. It is also available here. Shrub Sale info.
Orders must be received at either the Kennebec or Somerset SWCD office by March 20th. The pick-up date will be Saturday, April 18th. By then the snow should be gone. This is an opportunity to replace some of the trees and shrubs that have been damaged over the harsh winter season.
That early November snowstorm damaged a number of trees and shrubs that will need attention come this spring.
The followingMaine DEP links seem useful for many. The Maine DEP sent out a report with the following information that we thought others may find useful.
This year’s Nonpoint Source Pollution Report highlights 12 watershed projects completed in 2013. Over $1.5 million was spent to maintain and improve water quality, a drop in the bucket compared to the billions of dollars generated from Maine’s waters each year.
You can take action on your own land, and guide landowners in your community to these helpful resources:
Contractors now need to be "Certified" for shoreland zone work. While the State had extended time for contractors to have their BMP sites certified, that time is past. If you are doing work in the shoreline, your contractor needs to be "certified". Check www.maine.gov/dep/land/training/ for more information. There is a workshop schedled for April 8th in Portland.
Or call or e-mail Bill Laflamme at 215-9237 or email@example.com
The Kennebec County Soil & Water Conservation District is a Non-Profit Organization all proceeds from our fundraising efforts are used to promote conservation and the wise use of our natural resources. The Kennebec County SWCD is an equal opportunity provider and employer.