Welcome to Heart of the City

Heart of the City (HOC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit community service group (think “Friends of Fort Atkinson”) which encourages sustainable development, the preservation of existing and treasured civic characteristics, and active participation of the citizenry.  It is devoted to increasing sustainability in our homes and communities through education, volunteer efforts, and engagement with neighbors and civic leaders.  

Please note that our calendar includes not just our events, but events in the region related to our mission.

MEETING-all are welcome to attend:  Sunday August 29 at 9 am at the Cafe Carpe or via Zoom.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81644121601  E-mail heartoffort@gmail.com if you do not receive the agenda or log-in information.

The City of Fort passed a resolution on February 16 in support of a No Mow May initiative proposed by Heart of the City. No Mow May is an initiative to help protect pollinators, who need habitat and food as they emerge from hibernation. Participating homeowners can allow their backyards to grow for that month and not be subject to the city’s ordinance regarding lawn height. Thanks to members Margaret Schroeder, Barbara Brouwer, and Frankie Fuller for making this happen.

Sign up by filling out this form. There will be signs to place in your front lawn to show support of the initiative. More information soon on this page and our Facebook page. Direct questions to nomomay@gmail.com.

Fort Farmers Market-  a great place to support the local economy and healthy foods while enjoying community and music. The Market runs Saturday mornings from 8 to noon from May through October in the parking lot across from the post office. Support local food.  Go to this page and seek out the PDF of vendors who are doing direct marketing.

The urban forestry workshop and film series are now past, but the need for a healthy urban forest and a response to the emerald ash borer remain. Information on dealing with the emerald ash borer is available at the city website.

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