Moose Pond Arts+Ecology
Moose Pond Arts+Ecology was founded as Moose Pond Arts by Zizi and Scott Vlaun in 1999 when they moved to Otisfield, Maine to create a life on a piece of land that Scott had bought when he was an art student in Portland in the early 1980s. The mission of the company was to provide graphic design and photography services to existing freelance clients ranging from Seeds of Change Organic Seeds to the National Supercomputing Conference. Other projects included exhibition printing for nationally-recognized photographers, architectural and food photography and promotional materials for small businesses.
As MPA's mission evolved to embrace projects that support ecological sustainability, “Ecology” was added to our name in 2004. Three adjacent lots have been added to the original property and MPA+E is currently based on 74 acres of previously logged woodland with over one thousand feet of frontage on the ecologically sensitive north end of Moose Pond in Otisfield. We also have offices on Main Street in Norway, Maine in the Café Nomad building overlooking Peneseewassee Stream.
As our business has grown, our mission has evolved. We have now serviced a broad range of clients including conservation organizations, a historical garden, local eco-driven businesses, individual entrepreneurs, and artists. We are also continuing to cultivate extensive organic gardens, explore a variety of green building techniques, and develop plans to create an intentional community and conservation easements on the property. We hosted a two week Permaculture Design Class in September 2006 with Andrew Jones and we will conduct shorter workshops in organic gardening, green building, and permaculture in the future as we strive to promote regional self-reliance and sustainable practices.
MPA+E's vision for the future is to become a center for exploring and identifying regional solutions to essential design problems such as affordable, ecological housing, local organic food production and distribution, sustainable land management, holistic health and well-being, and vital locally based economies.