Ossipee Towns for Sustainability

At A Glance

Location: 

West Newfield, Maine

Primary Issue Area:

  • Climate Change & Energy
  • Food
  • Land & Water
  • Living Economies

Active since:

2012

Tax Status:

Ad-hoc

Core volunteers:

30

Community Size:

2,930

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to…Our Mission Statement: We are an open, welcoming intergenerational, grassroots organization committed to local actions that sustain the planet for future generations.How we got started: In the summer of 2012, a couple of our founding members met at the Newfield, Maine Farmer’s Market and began talking. They found they had much in common—shared interests in sustainability issues such as organic farming, activism, and community. They believed there were others out there, just waiting and looking for a community of like-minded individuals with whom to build community, work, play, and learn. They put out a call to people they knew, and soon Ossipee Towns for Sustainability was born. As more people joined and meetings were held, the group began to develop a mission statement, determined future action issues, and brainstormed on how they wanted the group to evolve. Committees coalesced to work on the formation of a time bank, a food co-op, a book discussion group, education and outreach projects, work projects, welcome/public relations, and the Nuts & Bolts administrative committee. OTFS continues to grow and evolve, working toward a more sustainable future both locally and globally.In the past two years we have held numerous work parties at schools, public offices and private homes and we wish to become more efficient and organized with these efforts. In addition to work parties we have held film screenings on various sustainability issues, have held workshops (solar energy and raising poultry, for example), have organized numerous work parties and skill shares (building hugel beds, hoop house raising, herbal literacy for example).