The Somerset County SWCD is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Supervisors, representing the diverse interests of our county.
ANN MEFFERD, CHAIR
Ann Mefferd is owner/operator of One Drop Farm/Seedlings by Annie, an organic farm in Cornville, which over the years has produced lamb, pork, four-season veggies, eggs and lots and lots of seedlings. Upon moving her farm to Maine in 2008, Ann served for seven years as chairwoman of the Maine Grain Alliance (MGA), a nonprofit organization working to promote grain traditions in Maine from earth to table and founders of the Kneading Conference. She currently sits on the MGA board of directors.
Ann served as an executive officer of the Skowhegan Farmers' Market where she has vended since 2009, and helped to establish innovative programming adopted across the state to aid low-income families in gaining access to fresh, local produce. Ann is involved in education and apprenticeship development for the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and gets to judge veggies at MOFGA's Common Ground Fair. She co-owns and is contributing editor for Growing for Market Magazine, an internationally distributed magazine geared toward sustainable market gardeners. She lives in beautiful Cornville with her husband, Andrew, and two tiny humans, Jasper and Cleome.
ALAN HABERSTOCK, VICE CHAIR
Alan Haberstock works as an environmental consultant and is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist through the Society of Wetland Scientists. He worked as a Senior Wetland Scientist and Vice President at Kleinschmidt (Pittsfield-based firm specializing in energy, water and the environment) for 22 years before transitioning in October 2018 to environmental consulting for select clients from his home office. Alan enjoys land management projects (firewood, forestry and gardening) and outdoor recreation (fishing, botanizing. hiking) at home (26 acres in Canaan) and at camp (585 acres in Avon). His wife Kathleen owns and teaches at School Street Yoga in Waterville. Alan also plays lots of tennis with his son Charlie who is a high school student and plays on the varsity tennis team. Alan has been a Supervisor at the SCSWCD for twenty years as of 2019.
JOHN ACKLEY, TREASURER
John is a professional forester who has worked in the forest industry in the Upper Kennebec Valley for the past 34 years. Over the course of his career, John has been involved in many aspects of the forestry profession including forest planning, forest inventory, reforestation, pre-commercial silviculture activities, timber harvesting and general land management. John is also on the Board of Licensure of Foresters. John along with a business partner own and operate a small maple syrup operation in Skowhegan called Chez Lonndorf. John lives on the beautiful Kennebec River in Skowhegan with wife, Sherri, and Boxer named Bella.
Gwen Hilton and her family have managed the Hyltun Family Farm in Starks for decades. Farm businesses over the years have included various livestock operations, hay production, forestry, and adaptive reuse of farm buildings. Gwen and her husband, Ernie, were awarded the Somerset County Conservation District Outstanding Woodlot Owners of the Year award in 1999. Forest management for sustainable timber production and hayland nutrient management are ongoing practices on the farm. Gwen has also implemented a delayed mowing program to preserve bobolink and other grassland bird habitat, and strives to maintain habitat for the resident bees and other pollinators.
In addition to being a farmer, Gwen is a professional Town Planner, who has provided planning services to a number of Maine towns, including the Town of Starks where she is chair of the Planning Board. Gwen also served 10 years as a Commissioner on the Maine Land Use Planning Commission. Gwen has a B.S. degree in Biology and a M.S. degree in Geoenviromental Studies.
Gwen enjoys almost anything outdoors, including hiking, canoeing, camping, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, wildlife watching and gardening.