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 an two acre sealed landfill owned by the town of Norway and produce enough power for 180 average 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. Stop by CEBE today to sign-up and ride!
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 plus 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 it's excellence, sustainability and community impact.
All along Norway's Main Street, look for 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. This project has been one of our most recognized and successful since making it's way to Main Street in early May 2015.