We’re building the Grange Farm School to help aspiring farmers learn the skills they need to pursue their dreams as small farmers and to provide healthy local food to their communities. We can’t think of a more important task right now than training the next generation of farmers. Continue reading
Friday March 7th, 7pm at the Healdsburg Shed
PUNK YEOMAN: The Past and Future of the Grange
Join Greenhorns founder Severine Von Tscharner Fleming and evangelist Jen Griffith for a lively evening of learning as we focus on modern farming in their presentation “Grange Future”.
Grange Future is a community history project undertaken by The Greenhorns, a young farmers network, to help interpret both the past and future of the Grange movement, not in a nostalgic or abstract way, but as an appropriate institutional format for contemporary users who are concerned with rebuilding our food system. For today’s young farmers the Grange is a kind of syllabus in community-scale organizing, regional development, cooperative economics and kinship-based policy advocacy. Continue reading
Join Greenhorns founder Severine Von Tscharner Fleming and evangelist Jen Griffith for an evening of learning as we focus on the past and future of modern farming, “Grange Future.” Learn about the early and more recent history of the Grange, the controversy with California State Grange halls and GMO labeling, and the revival across the country of farmer-driven educational, social, charitable, and political uses of Grange halls, Grange kitchens, and the Grange idea.
Always a good thing.
Can-do: Grange shows how to preserve nature’s bounty
by Mike Lauterborn
Monday, August 12, 2013 for the Fairfield Citizen
With a can-do attitude and an interest in preserving the bounty of the harvest, a group gathered Saturday at the historic Greenfield Hill Grange to learn about canning and preserving homegrown fruits and vegetables.
The program was one of a series planned in conjunction with the grange’s 120th anniversary this year.
Steven Golias, a graduate of the Culinary Instituteand a grange member, led the two-hour session, which was attended by about 15 people. They took notes as he described the process of canning, and sampled some of the preserves and pickles Golias prepared in the grange kitchen.
“The Greenfield Hill Grange chapter was established in 1893,” said Beth Bradley, the grange vice president, “though this actual structure wasn’t completed until 1897. It was a club for area farmers, for the sharing of growing techniques and community services. Essentially everything that everyone is now doing with local sustainability was done then — they were ahead of their time.”
Read the full article HERE
Curtains Without Borders is a conservation project dedicated to documenting and preserving historic painted scenery. The painted curtains are found in town halls, grange halls, theaters and opera houses. They were created between 1890 and 1940, although on rare occasions, pieces painted after 1940 are also included in our inventories.
New Blood Sparks Identity Crisis for Fraternal Group of Farmers
–Jeff Brady, NPR, June 14, 2013.
Lots of passionate people are taking up farming these days, motivated by frustration with industrial farming, concerns about the environment, and a desire to build community and local food markets. Some of these new farmers have joined the Grange, a long-established fraternal organization for farmers with roots in social activism.
In Oregon, Granges dominated by this new generation have banded together in a coalition dubbed “Green Granges,” which work together to advance the issues they care about.
You would think that would be good news for the Grange, a group whose membership peaked in the 1870s at 2 million and has been struggling to draw new blood in recent years. But these “Green Grangers” are creating an identity crisis for the organization, which has long been made up of older, more conservative farmers.
Check it out HERE.
Three movements to build public life
- Initially a movement to improve agriculture. Travelling speakers would speak about the latest scientific agricultural techniques, and the operations of the commercial economy. An offshoot of the Morrill Act which established land grant universities (like the University of Maryland) to advance agriculture.
- The speakers were the knowledgeable who educated the farmers. The Grange Hall provided a successor to the lyceum and chatauqua where farmers came to hear lectures. They heard about crop rotation, hybridized seed, and other scientific advancements. They also learned the language of commercial activity: markets, supply and demand, borrowing capital, investment strategies, and so on. Thus, science, business, and education (training) were brought to agriculture. Continue reading