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Resilient Communities Restoring the Earth


After years of planning and waiting for the perfect moment, CEBE was officially launched on Earth Day in 2013. The timing was not perfect, nor the planning complete, but spurred on by ever starker realities of climate change and resource depletion, four friends and neighbors, new parents all, decided it was time to take action. The availability of a prime Main Street meeting space sealed the deal. With a diverse range of skill sets and armed with the conviction that only by tapping into the creativity and collective wisdom of our community could we build resilience to the economic and ecological challenges ahead, we realized we needed support.


Nearly a year later, housed in the freshly painted Fare Share Commons on Main Street in Norway, we launched our Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign. Over 130 donors contributed over $30,000 to help us keep the doors open (M-F, 10-4) and to fund four projects, one in each of our focus areas of food, shelter, energy, and transport. We have since collaborated with various local organizations on a range of projects.


CEBE has also hosted over 100 events, from film screenings in collaboration with the Maine Farmland Trust, Fare Share Co-op, and others, to educational events in collaboration with Healthy Oxford Hills, Efficiency Maine, The Resilience Hub, and Revision Energy. Speakers have presented on everything from micro-lending and earth art, to cooperative business models and eco-village design. Workshops have ranged from a two day Introduction to Permaculture and a three part series on Food System Dynamics, to Yoga for Gardeners and Seed Saving and Swapping. We are working to be able to offer the 2-Week Intensive PDC Permaculture Design Certification course every two years with our second one coming up soon.


Hundreds of community members have attended events or dropped in to share their voices, and over 700 have joined us on social media as we create a shared vision of a resilient and sustainable future. It has been a fantastic and hopeful time, but just a beginning. Please join us on this journey.

Published for Indiegogo Campaign in 2014

Produced by Grant Guiliano

Published on May 21, 2015

WBLM, non-profits New Mexico Radio Show Exploring Sacred Places With Host: Julia Pyatt, Interview with Scott Vlaun for the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy

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