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Making Rural Towns More Vibrant:

Through a number of different initiatives and programs, the Vermont Council on Rural Development helps to foster community and build local capacity.

Community Visits:

Community Visits allow towns to come together to plan local actions that make their towns more vibrant. Find out how your town can get involved.

Climate Economy Summit:

The "Creating Prosperity & Opportunity Confronting Climate Change" Summit on February 18, 2014 will mark the start of the new Vermont Climate Economy Council.

Join the Working Landscape Partnership:

Add your name to the growing list of folks who support Vermont's Farm and Forest future.
Farm and Food Education

Food Systems:

The VT Higher Education Food Systems Consortium is designing new ways to collaborate, share students and resources and expand a plethora of elective opportunities for place-based food systems education where “Vermont is our classroom.”

What's New at VCRD

Feb 18, 2015 - Summit on "Creating Prosperity & Opportunity Confronting Climate Change"
Summit Program (pdf) | Speakers | Financial Sponsors | Outreach Sponsors Online Registration is now closed. If you would like to attend, feel free to come and register onsite. We recommend you arrive early to pre-register for the day. Plan to... read more
Swanton Community to Set Priorities for Action on March 5th
All members of the Swanton Community are invited to participate in the second phase of the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s (VCRD) Community Visit to the Swanton. The meeting, to be held on Thursday March 5 6:30 – 9:00pm at the Swanton Village... read more
VCRD is seeking a part-time Fund Development Professional
VCRD is seeking a part-time (8 hours/week) Fund Development Professional to help lead grant writing, prospect outreach, annual campaign development and other fundraising work in line with our mission to support rural Vermont communities and advance... read more
Cambridge Community Visit Report - 2014
We completed our 3-month Community Visit process in Cambridge. Read the Report and Action Plan. Community members identified 4 priority areas for future action: Plan and Develop a Senior Living Center and Expand Senior Services; Advance a Cambridge... read more
Swanton Community Visit Day - January 28th
On Wednesday, January 28th, all members of the Swanton community are invited to participate in a series of forums in town to share their concerns and ideas. VCRD will bring a team of federal, state, business, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders who... read more