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Agroforestry Workshop Series

Forest management for climate resilience

Join our hands-on workshop series about agroforestry and permaculture

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CEBE is working in partnership with the Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District and Western Foorthills Land Trust to offer an ongoing workshop series focused on agroforestry and permaculture. OCSWCD’s 500-acre Tenmile River Demonstration Forest in Brownfield & Hiram will serve as the site for hands-on workshops, as well as other local properties. Through 2024 and 2025, we will offer educational workshops around forest management practices that can generate income while sequestering carbon, protecting watersheds, and increasing climate resilience. 



How Forests Protect Watersheds

Thursday, July 11th, 7pm, Otisfield Community Hall


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Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights into how forest management can benefit our community and environment. Join us for an enlightening presentation on the vital role forests play in safeguarding our watersheds by Brie Holme, water resources specialist at the Portland Water District. 

Discover how forest conservation efforts contribute to maintaining the health of our water sources, ensuring clean drinking water for over 200,000 Mainers. Learn about the innovative strategies being employed in the Sebago Lake watershed, a critical area protected by the Sebago Clean Waters partnership, which includes eleven dedicated conservation organizations.

Members of the Otisfield Conservation Committee will also be present, offering copies of their new booklet, “Protecting Our Watersheds,” a valuable resource for home and property owners. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights into how forest management can benefit our community and environment.



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August 2024

Postponed - new date TBC - Ecological Forest Management with John Gunn


September 2024

Mushroom Foraging


October 2024

Acorns as a Food Source, Maine Local Living School, Temple

Starting Trees from Nuts

November 2024

Bareroot Planting Trees

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Permaculture Basics: A framework for ecological development
Tuesday, March 19th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm in CEBE (447 Main St, Norway)

Permaculture is an evolving design methodology drawing on indigenous wisdom and western technology, which seeks to emulate natural systems to create highly productive agricultural systems that conserve and regenerate soil, water and biodiversity while reducing or eliminating non-renewable inputs. According to David Holmgren, who coined the term along with Bill Mollison in 1978, the term has more recently evolved from permanent or sustainable agriculture to permanent or sustainable culture. In this workshop we will explore the origins of permaculture, its evolving ethics and principles, as well as basic frameworks for permaculture design that apply to all scales of development, from home to community, and urban to rural.

Scott Vlaun is CEBE’s Executive Director and has been studying, practicing and teaching permaculture for over two decades, most recently as an adjunct faculty member in the Sustainable Living Department of Maharishi University.


Mushroom Inoculation Workshop

Saturday May 11, 10am-1pm,Tenmile River Demonstration Forest, Brownfield, Maine

Learn about mushroom life cycles, spawn production, types of fungi, including Oyster and Shiitake mushrooms, methods for choosing, drilling, and stacking logs for inoculation, incubation, and fruiting. Drill plug, and wax a log to take home and grow. 


This workshop will take place at the Tenmile River Demonstration Forest located at 600 Notch Rd, Brownfield, Maine


This workshop will be led by Scott Vlaun, CEBE’s Executive Director, who has been cultivating mushrooms for nearly two decades as part of his agroforestry and permaculture practice. 


This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement #00A01352-0 to Center for an Ecology-Based Economy. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does the EPA endorse trade names or recommend the use of commercial products mentioned in this document.

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