Welcome to the California State Grange
The Grange is a grass roots organization that began in 1867, in the aftermath of the destructive and divisive Civil War. Rising from the fields and farmlands, we gathered on common ground to heal and support each other, work together, and honor traditional values.
A quote from Rob Hopkins, the founder of the Transition Movement:
"I believe that a lower-energy, more localized future, in which we move from being consumers to being producer /consumers, where food, energy and other essentials are locally produced, local economies are strengthened and we have learned to live more within our means is a step towards something extraordinary, not a step away from something inherently irreplaceable.”
GREENING THE GRANGE
- Why “Green” the Grange? Walk into a Grange anywhere in the USA & you will find a long term social network that may contain only a few old tyme members who are an average age of 80 years old. They may not even want new members because it will upset the dynamics & relationships. The problem with this is obvious - no new members, and soon - the building will have to be closed, they send back their keys to the State Grange who sells the building, and the Charter is dissolved. All so unnecessary! The local community needs that building, & Transition needs the opportunity to steward the Grange organization into becoming a support group for sustainable future. Your job - then - is first, to make friends & enjoy new relationships with folks you ordinarily don’t hang with. After awhile, you can see where you can make yourself useful. That is the core of the Grange creed and is fun! Help bus tables at the Pancake breakfast, or clean up after a rental event. Soon, you’ll be asked to be an officer & can begin to suggest measures to “Green” the breakfast - such as replacing the margarine with butter, buying local eggs instead of supermarket eggs, and so on… One thing - I suggest that the term “Green Grange” or “Progressive Grange” not be used - as it may cause opposition & is not creating inclusion with the Traditionalists, who - after all - kept the building intact & their Charter active just for this time and for your arrival!
- California State Grange is beginning to look back to their early roots as a local family farm "guild"...it's not "Green", it's just the way things used to be!
- A Renaissance Grange is bringing the old & new together - see some examples in the California State Grange Newsletter