Our local food council, Community Food Matters (CFM), is working to implement a participatory community planning process aimed at creating a road map to move the Oxford Hills area towards food self-reliance. Learn more about the Community Food Charter and become a CFM champion!
Community solar farms make grid-tied solar power more accessible by combining the electrical generation needs of multiple businesses and households into one large solar array. The goal of the program is to make solar energy accessible for all local residents who otherwise might have difficulty going solar due to lack of a suitable site or financial constraints. Our first community solar farm will be on a two-acre sealed landfill owned by the town of Norway, will and produce enough electricity to power 180 homes.
CEBE BikeShare is an effort to reduce carbon emissions by offering alternative transportation for utilitarian riders in the downtown Norway, South Paris, and Oxford area. By offering free bikes, we promote a healthier, more sustainable mode of transport. We paused the roll-out of bicycles during the global pandemic, but stay tuned for a modified version of the BikeShare soon!
Electric vehicles are becoming more popular each year as charging infrastructure improves and battery technology becomes more efficient and affordable. CEBE's Western Maine EV Charging Network has installed 16 level two chargers throughout the region, helping to to make western Maine one of the fastest growing EV markets in Maine. Find us on Plugshare!
Also known as edible forest gardens, or perennial polycultures, food forests contain a diverse mix of perennial foods, from fungi and herbaceous ground covers, to perennial vegetables, fruit and nut bearing vines, shrubs, and trees. Check out Norway's very own food forest at the Alan Day Community Garden!
In 2015, CEBE helped a dozen middle school students to build a new green house for Robert's Farm Preserve, building design and carpentry skills and increasing the capacity of the farm. This greenhouse was awarded by Eco Maine for its excellence, sustainability and community impact.
Since 2015, we've lined Norway's Main Street with a wide variety of edible plants and information to help you get to know what you're picking! We have teamed up with the Alan Day Community Garden, Healthy Oxford Hills and Norway Downtown on the project to build and maintain these planters annually. Due to the global pandemic in 2020, we've temporarily shifted resources to Solidarity Gardens, continuing to increase the food-growing capacity in Norway and South Paris. Edible Main Street has been one of our most recognized and successful projects.