Seeds for Eco Communities (SFEC) was founded as an Ontario based Non-Profit organization in 2016. After facing a major health event, Laura Blease led the establishment of this organization with the support of a group of like-minded individuals who together are on a quest to help create options for living healthy and sustainable lives. In particular, SFEC strives to provide educational tools and resources to anyone who is interested in establishing eco communities or living in an off-grid self-sustaining environment. Information is also shared to help those interested in beginning or continuing to move the yardstick towards a lower footprint life.
SFEC is built upon a passion for protection and restoration of the environment. The people who make up the Board of Directors, Advisory Committee, staff and volunteers for SFEC have committed to be part of a team to help others live in balance and harmony with the natural environment. By providing guidance and support to enable the building of eco communities, our vision is to make sustainable living attainable and accessible to all who are interested in this type of lifestyle.
SFEC believes this balance, respect for one another and respect for the environment, are essential in building successful and healthy communities for future generations. What was once a dream is now a reality and we hope you join us on the road to building our pilot eco community and in supporting others to build their own eco communities around the globe.
At Seeds for Eco Communities we strive to make all of our resources as accessible as possible to all who are interested in learning more. This includes consideration of those who may have a disability or other accessibility challenges. We welcome input and ideas on how we can continue to strive to accommodate these needs in the information we share and the work we do.
Our mission is to share information, tools and confidence with people around the world on how to start living healthy and sustainably through a respectful relationship with the surrounding lands and waters in low/zero impact eco communities
Seeds for Eco Communities principle objective is to help others demonstrate respectful stewardship of the land and water through ecological community-based building practices. In particular, around the following:
To participate in projects and programs supporting building and living practices which have little to no negative impacts on the surrounding environment.
To educate and increase the public’s understanding of the environment and its importance through seminars on stewardship and ecological community-based building practices.
To promote a diversified knowledge of First Nation and Aboriginal traditional and cultural heritage.
To share information on ecological community-based building practices and available support for ecological community-based building.
To conduct long term research relating to the environmental, social and economic impacts from ecological community-based buildings and to disseminate the results of such research.
To liaise with local representatives to ensure activities which take place respect the local territories and government laws and by-laws.
Seeds for Eco Communities has an established Board of Directors, Advisory Committee and volunteers who support the organization. To guide our efforts forward, we follow a 10-year Strategic Plan and have in place a Terms of Reference, By-Laws and a number of policies including Financial, Social Media and Volunteer policies, as well as Occupational Health and Safety and Workplace Harassment policies.