Norway Non-Profit Attempting To Plant A Crowd-Sourced, Sustainable, Ecology-Based, Locavore, Co-Op, Solar-Powered, Land-Trusted, Farm-Preserved Money Tree

Windmills in Maine. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorNORWAY — A local nonprofit dedicated to sustainability awareness is employing a popular crowd-sourcing funding campaign to raise money to boost education in the area. The Center for an Ecology-Based Economy is looking to raise $20,000 by May 25 through Indiegogo for four projects that organizer Scott Vlaun says will promote the use of local, sustainable food systems and lifestyles in the region. “We’d like to think it will make a better, stronger community and a better place to be,” Vlaun said. Projects include renovating the commercial kitchen at the Fare Share Co-op and connecting it to the adjacent CEBE space for food-related events and cooking demonstrations; creating a community bike lending program by placing bike racks throughout Norway and South Paris; collaborating with the Western Foothills Land Trust to build a traditional sugar house for the SAD 17 education program at Robert’s Farm Preserve; and the creation of a solar power station at the Alan Day Community Garden to power an irrigation system and barn lighting. The funding will primarily help CEBE offset the cost workshops associated with running the programs, Vlaun said. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)