Build Your Best Future–Heart and Soul Community Planning

Build Your Best Future

Submit a Heart & Soul Community Planning Proposal

Are you looking for a way to help your community realize its potential and create a better future?

Orton has issued a Request for Proposals seeking four Heart & Soul Community Planning project towns in the Northeast and Rocky Mountains. Selected towns will be eligible for up to $100K in funding and support from the Foundation.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get engaged, define your path, and prepare your community for all the change that lies ahead.

Read the complete RFP

Proposals are due July 20, 2011.

We’re also hosting a FREE conference call series designed to help you understand the essential elements of Heart & Soul, and what you’ll need to prepare a proposal. The series begins on May 4th, so register today!

Lcoal Food System Presentation, Waitsfield

Local Food System Presentation

5/10 – 7 PM Big Picture –

How can Vermont build strong local and regional food systems, create jobs in the food
and farm economy, and improve access to healthy local food? The Vermont
Sustainable Jobs Fund has laid out an impressive road map for the next 10
years of agricultural development with the release of the Farm to Plate (F2P)
Strategic Plan in January 2011. Ellen Kahler, Executive Director Vermont
Sustainable Jobs Fund, will lead this presentation to discuss the findings of
the Initiative’s exhaustive 18-month research project and present their
strategies to increase jobs and enterprises in the farm and food sector and
ramp up local food production and consumption in Vermont and regions
beyond our borders. Current Mad River Valley initiatives will be discussed.
This presentation is cosponsored by Mad River Localvore Project and

Woodland Landowner Summit

Woodland Landowner Summit

4/30/2011 Fairlee – The VT Dept. of Forests

Parks & Recreation and VNRC are cosponsoring a daylong summit entitled
Keeping Forests for the Future: Planning a Legacy for your Woodland at
Lake Morey Inn. The day will be packed with useful information for both
landowners and professionals who work with landowners to learn about ways
to plan ahead for the long-term viability of forests in Vermont. The day will
include: Aa panel of landowners discussing long-term planning they have
done to prepare for transfer of land from one generation to the next; Sessions
to help landowners and resource professionals understand options for longterm
planning such as talking to children about long-term forest ownership,
forming limited liability corporations, exploring easements, cooperative
forestland ownership, and much more. Estate planning lawyers, financial
planners and other experts will help lead the workshops; Information for
landowners that donʼt have heirs and are wondering what to do, as well as
information for landowners whose children are not interested in the family
property. For more info visit:

Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference April 29, 2011

This year the VT Division for Historic Preservation will be combining its two

statewide conferences into one, providing three specific education tracks:
The Historic Track will be of interest to Historical Societies, Byway
communities, heritage tourism groups, to those interested in history and
historic preservation, and to those wanting to learn more about Poultney. The
Streets as Places Track introduces “placemaking” – the art of transforming
public spaces into vibrant community places – within the context of streets
that are vital to all of our downtowns, villages and neighborhoods. The
Downtown Revitalization Track will present various tools to assist in the
revitalization efforts of your downtown or village center. For more info visit:
Thanks to Joshua Schwartz of the Mad River Valley Planning District for this summary.