Morton’s Warm Springs Picnic July 27th

Morton's Warm Springs Picnic

Saturday, July 27, 10am – 5pm.

Enjoy a day of fun in the sun with fellow Grangers, families, and friends in the healing waters at our own Morton’s Warm Springs in Glenn Ellen!

Bring your swim gear, food to share, and be ready to have a good time! BBQs and showers are available.

RSVP discount: $10
Adults (ages 18-64): $12
Teens (ages 13-17) and elders (ages 65+): $10
Kids (ages 3-12): $6
Infants (2 and under): Free with a swim diaper

Rsvp to by July 21 to get a discount, but please feel free to join us at the last minute. 

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June 17, 7pm: Story and Song: An Evening about Women’s Earth Alliance

Women's Earth Alliance

Hosted by the Social Prophet Choir
Monday, June 17th
Location: Sebastopol Grange Hall
Doors at 6:30, Program 7pm-9pm
Tea and Dessert

On this night, The Social Prophet Choir of Sebastopol, CA, welcomes Women’s Earth Alliance Founders, Melinda Kramer and Amira Diamond, to share the work of WEA.

What happens in the world when you equip grassroots women leaders with the skills and tools they need to transform their communities from the inside out? We will hear stories shared from WEA co-founders about what is happening across the globe through the Women’s Earth Alliance.

Women's Earth Alliance

WEA believes that when women thrive, the Earth thrives. Since 2006, WEA has equipped grassroots women leaders with the skills and tools they need to protect our earth and strengthen communities from the inside out. In some of the most environmentally threatened regions, WEA leaders are saving indigenous seeds, selling clean cookstoves, launching sustainable farms, providing safe water, protecting land rights, and more. With local leadership guiding each project, WEA designs capacity-building trainings where women access skills and tools in appropriate technology, entrepreneurship, and leadership. They gain seed funding, mentorship, and a global alliance. With these resources in hand, participants go on to launch and grow their own environmental projects and teach others to do the same.

To date, more than 5,000 women have accessed WEA trainings, training an additional 1M+ people in 20 countries with their environmental and social innovations. Regardless of the unique conditions in each region, the efforts of WEA participants lead to a consistent set of cascading benefits that we call the “WEA Effect”: women are empowered, children are safer, communities are healthier, natural resources regenerate, local economies prosper, regions stabilize, and lasting transformation takes root.

Women's Earth AllianceIt is internationally recognized that women’s empowerment is an essential precursor to sustainable, democratic, and peaceful societies yet only .3% of philanthropic dollars are invested in women’s environmental solutions. WEA lights the grid of women’s environmental leadership. WEA identifies grassroots women working on the frontlines of climate change and they catalyze their environmental solutions, bridge their best practices, and energize their movements for change.

Amira Diamond is also the Social Prophet Choir’s Founder and Director and she will take us through a journey of voice and song throughout the evening’s presentation.

Be prepared to be inspired, to join in song, and to feel a call to action in your own life for this planet we share. Each time the Social Prophet Choir gathers, singers make a contribution of any amount towards a pool of funds that we contribute towards life-giving causes. On June 17th, we are celebrating the work made possible for WEA by Social Prophet Choir contributions. The Social prophet Choir will provide tea/coffee and dessert for your enjoyment. Please RSVP through the Sebastopol Grange Facebook Event or by email to so that we can provide enough treats and seats for all.

Information about the Social Prophet Choir:

Social Prophet Choir
Meets on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month 7:30-9
Gather, Remember, Listen, Offer, and Give

We gather in circle to remember the stories through song that came before us. We offer our voice to the song while we listen for the place to settle in alongside our fellow singers, to weave within. We listen for the place that is undeniably holy, for it is both ancient and new, it is sacred. The vibration of voice welcomes the stillness of mind and ripe opportunity of creation. There in that circle of sound it is potent, it is cleansing of all things good and bad that have happened.

We give all the work that is held in that circle of space back out into the world with high hopes that the power of song will ripple out in positive ways across the globe.

The Social Prophet Choir has been meeting now for 3 1/2 years on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at the Sebastopol Grange Hall. The choir is led by Amira Diamond, a Sebastopol resident who moved here from the Bay area, and grew up on the East Coast. Amira grew up learning from her Mom that music belongs to the commons, everyone is welcome, and everyone has a voice. Her choir encourages you to get in touch with your own unique voice in your own body and then to blend that with others. Using your voice while listening to how it weaves in with others.

The structure of the Social Prophet Choir begins with warm ups, a creative song circle, and is followed by learning a song taught by ear rather than sheet music. Songs are stories and we pass them on through time, one of the fun challenges in the Social Prophet Choir is to stretch your ancient story telling skills, to remember.

At the end of the night, we each put a money donation of our choice into the center of our circle which is then given to different non-profits locally and around the world doing the great work of keeping the best education, love, and community available to all in our future.

About Melinda Kramer and Amira Diamond:

Melinda KramerMelinda Kramer, Founder, Executive Director

Melinda Kramer is a passionate advocate for social justice, the environment and women’s rights. An environmentalist by training, with a cultural anthropology background, Melinda has lived and worked around the world learning from grassroots leaders on the frontlines of environmental crises. Whether it was the Midwest United States where toxic lead smelters poisoned children, or rural Kenya where girls walked 4 hours to access water instead of an education, or the Arctic where indigenous lands, traditions, and rights were threatened daily by climate change, Melinda encountered the same phenomenon: Women were at the center– uniquely impacted, consistently marginalized, and leading the charge.

In 2005, she set out to bridge the resource gap for grassroots women tackling our world’s most critical environmental efforts. What began as a small convening of 30 women leaders rapidly grew into a thriving global organization of 12 years. WEA’s global team has developed and iterated a unique training framework, equipping 5,000 women with technical, entrepreneurial, and leadership skills, and they in turn have reached over a million people with safe water, energy access, regenerative farming, land rights, and climate protection initiatives.

AMIRA DIAMONDAmira Diamond, Co-Founder

Amira joined Melinda as WEA’s Co-Director in 2007 to expand WEA’s programs, build the WEA team and create a community of support for its work. Active within the NGO community for over 20 years, she has worked for community health, environmental and food justice, LGBTQ, and women’s rights, directing organizations like Julia Butterfly Hill’s Circle of Life and Democracy Matters. She graduated from Colgate University with a degree in Women’s Studies, studied Women and Development at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, and attended Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley. She holds certification as a Holistic Health Counselor and brings a holistic approach to all aspects of WEA’s organizational design. Amira’s deepest inspiration comes from her two young sons, and her family of musicians, artists and dedicated community organizers. In her spare time she plays the violin and directs the Social Prophet Choir.

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Home Gardener Produce Exchange/Donation at the Grange!

Vegetable exchange

What:  Join us in a pilot program geared towards redistributing homegrown produce and eliminating food waste.  The idea is for home gardeners (or food lovers) to come together to trade produce.  It is an opportunity to trade items you have in abundance for something you don’t have.  You may also bring produce that you have gleaned (with permission of course) from a neighbor’s yard.  At the end of the exchange period, all leftover produce will be boxed up and donated to one of our local organizations in need (for example, the Sebastopol Inter-church Food Pantry).

 Additionally:  The exchange table can also be a place to share garden and food information. Starts can be brought in to share /trade, especially our opening day May 28 and in early June!

Where:  The Sebastopol Grange  6000 Sebastopol Rd/Hwy 12

When:  5:00 – 5:45 pm on selected Tuesday dates (dates may be altered due to participation, changes will be reflected on poster in the Grange Lobby)

Dates:  May 28, June 4, June 18, June 25, July 2, July 16, July 30, Aug 6, Aug 20, Aug 27, Sept 17, Sept 24, Oct 15, Oct 29

Contact:  Dena at or 707-484-5703

Non-Gardener Participants:  Let’s talk- maybe volunteering your time rather than your produce is what works for you.


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Here’s what happened at the April Grange Potluck Meeting!

Youth activiists

Eleanor Jaffe and Annabelle talked about their work with 350 Bay Area’s Youth vs. Apocalypse—a youth group which is dedicated to climate activism. They are demanding that politicians take action against fossil fuels. Their current work includes informing local groups about the Green New Deal and lobbying Gov. Newsom to put more money into the Healthy Soils Initiative.

California State Grange President: Kent Westwood

California State Grange President: Kent Westwood reported on the legislative arm of the state Grange. He wants our local Grange to continue to work on resolutions to bring to the State Convention in October.






New members

We welcomed new members Juan Herrera, Vilma Panameno Iris Panameno, and Paul Schwebel.

Analy Chrous

The Analy High School Choral Ensemble wowed the crowd with three tunes: “Who put the Bomp”,“ Homeward Bound ”, and “What about Us”.


Nancy Cadigan led us in a Maypole celebration.


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Congratulations to the Sebastopol Grange Spring 2019 Scholarship recipients!


A Community Grant was awarded to the Non-Violent Communication Group that meets bi-monthly at the Grange. The money will be used for a trainer for the group. Grange members are welcome to join the group and after the trainings, a presentation will be made to Grange members at a monthly potluck.

Youth Granger Scholarships were awarded to Sakiko Pizzorno for her high school study abroad program in France, and both Iris Panameno (SRJC) and Ariel Scholten (Oklahoma State) for college studies next school year. Recipients will share about their studies at future potlucks.

Our Sebastopol Grange website has been updated with new details and dates, so please check it out. We have added a new scholarship, the Youth Extended Family Scholarship, to help students in our extended Grange family, those from groups who have regular interactions with our Grange or regular use of our Grange Hall. Read scholarship details and help spread the word to any possible applicants that you may know, deadline May 31, 2019.

–Dena Allen

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CAFF & The Farmers Guild present” A Green New Deal for Agriculture Tuesday, May 7, 6-9pm

Greenn New Dwal for Agriculture Farmers Guild

With climate change threatening our farms and food system, more and more Americans are doubting the promise of incremental reform, calling instead for bold, sweeping legislation to develop a carbon-neutral economy as soon as possible. For some, the Green New Deal holds this promise. But what does this resolution actually say about agriculture? Who from the farm community is at the table helping to develop its details? And what can we—farmers, ranchers and advocates of regenerative agriculture—provide to policymakers to assure their efforts are informed by those in the field?

Join CAFF & The Farmers Guild for an interactive public forum asking: what would a Green New Deal need to include if it were to truly support family farms, regenerative agriculture and equitable rural economies?

Contrary to popular belief, the Green New Deal (as currently written) is not a comprehensive bill, but rather an aspirational manifesto of sorts. The only language specific to agriculture states that among its strategies would be:
“working collaboratively with farmers and ranchers in the United States to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible, including by supporting family farming; by investing in sustainable farming and land use practices that increase soil health; and by building a more sustainable food system that ensures universal access to healthy food.”
But the devil is in the details, yes? Unless we write them. The goal of this evening is to engage you, our community, in a robust conversation and develop a set of recommendations for our policymakers: food system and agricultural reforms needed to achieve the Deal’s admirable if still vague goals, as stated above.

Donations are welcome at the door; no one turned away for lack of funds

All are welcome, however attendees are asked to join us prioritizing the input of those working in the agricultural field.
May 7, 2019
6 PM – 9 PM

Sebastopol Grange Hall
6000 Sebastopol Rd (Hwy 12)
Sebastopol, CA

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LandPaths: Community Conservation Practitioners, a talk given by Craig Anderson at our March 26th Potluck Meeting

Children in LandPaths program

LandPaths is an organization dedicated to connecting people with place. The idea is to restore ecological functioning and people’s relationship with land.

Question: Where were you young? How has that place changed?
Importance of Youth: Kids have been disconnected from the land. The land is the vehicle to help people connect to nature and appreciate a different part of the world and themselves. The LandPaths approach is to invite people to discover their place in the world. As such, the idea is to provide access to land parcels that are held in the commons for the people within Sonoma County.

Engagement with many types of people:
• Engage teens /Gen X Y Z
• Engage with diverse ethnicities
• Engage youth with elders

Further increasing our relevance by asking, “Who are we not reaching?” Provide transformational experiences for all. Make the land accessible, approachable and open for exploration. The organization has 20 staff members and numerous volunteers.

An Offering of Programs

In our own backyard
It is a program to connect school kids and a piece of land (public or private) close to their school. The students visit the site four times per year so it becomes their outdoor classroom. LandPaths staff makes two in-class visits and LandPaths pays for bus transportation for the kids.

Bayer Farm
Bayer Farm is a community garden in the middle of Roseland that started August 10, 2007. Many diverse folks have come together to create something that reaches different aspects of the population. During the fires of 2017 folks at Bayer Farm cooked meals for two straight weeks.

Craig Anderson LandPathsTreksonoma
This idea is to spend multiple days trekking across Sonoma County while eating local food, camping out, and really seeing the land without the need for vehicles. Some locations are:
Coast to Freestone
Russian River
Willow Creek Ranch

Community Care—Community to take care of Place
Grove of Old Trees
Riddell Preserve
Bohemia Ecological Preserve
Rancho Mark West
Dawn Redwoods
Fitch Mountain

The Ag and Open Space District has helped keep Sonoma County green.

Getting Involved:

Attend their programs—outdoor expeditions, volunteer with school programs, build trails, maintain historic structures, garden, plan outdoor sites, and more.

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Join us for a fun Grange Work Party on Sunday, April 7

Landscaping at the Grange

Join us at the Grange Hall on Sunday, April 7, 9am-3pm!

Brunch will be prepared by Matt Roberts, a fellow Grange Member
We will have Hot Coffee, Hot Tea, and Mates available. Additional Snacks for the afternoon portion are welcome and encouraged.

Join us at our Grange Hall to do some Spring Cleaning. We will be pruning, weeding, and laying out fresh wood chips in our planted areas at the Grange. We will be cleaning out the storage container and doing some work on Kid’s Mountain in the back area.

It’s going to be FUN, we hope to see you there!
KIDS are Most Welcome!

Please RSVP and let us know that you will be attending so that we can cook the right amount of food.
Send your RSVP to :

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Don’t miss our March Potluck Meeting with Craig Anderson of Landpaths

Craig Anderson LandPathsTuesday, March. 26, 6-8:30pm

(Rescheduled from February)

Join us for a great meal with Grangers and friends. Everyone is welcome!
Craig Anderson, executive director of LandPaths, will be our speaker this month. LandPaths creates ways for people to experience the beauty, understand the value, and assist in healing the land in their local communities with significant focus on reaching underserved populations. Craig is a dynamic visionary, storyteller and just plain fun. He is also a Bay Nature Magazine Conservation Hero. Fishing from his kayak, hunting nonnative hog and turkey, front-yard farming and playing music in his band Cahoots are some of his other joys. Craig & banjo will be part of our musical portion of our meeting.

Don’t miss it!

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Meghan Walla Murphy presentation at the January potluck meeting at the Grange

Meghan Walla-Murphy

Meghan Walla-Murphy, an ecological and conservation educator, researcher, author and storyteller, gave a fascinating presentation at our January potluck meeting. Meghan has traveled the world living with peoples whose lives are naturally integrated with the environment.

• Meghan is a wildlife tracker who has worked with ranchers and vintners, as well as many conservation groups and native peoples.
• Meghan’s work describes the intersection between humans and the wild. Wild is here with us all of the time, and she reminds us that we all are descended from trackers.

• What is tracking? —following footprints—but also the lens through which to see life as we can track emotions, relations, trends and changes.
• All tracking comes from a knowledge home, ecology, and place.
• Pattern literacy is where science and creativity meet to inform us about ecology and its inherent beauty and complexity.
• The story of geology, water, plants, and animals is all related.
• Mountains are tracks of plate tectonics, and the San Andreas Fault has informed the geology of where we are.
• Patterns of weather are in turn influenced by geology.
• Topography and weather make our area one of the 7 hotspots of biodiversity on the planet.

• Biological diversity equals cultural diversity.
• When you lose the relationship between land and water, you lose the language and culture of the people who lived there.
• California was highly managed by native people through harvesting and tending the land for food and diversity.
• There is a huge contrast between the culture of resource extraction and then later the conservation ideology of no intervention with land and plants—hence the build up of trees that have become fuel for the recent fires. We need to be intentional in our interventions.
• Early societies that combined agriculture and hunting/gathering together had a rich diet of high protein and promoted the local biodiversity.
• California has highest number of endangered species partly because we have many species endemic to California.
• Landscapes are getting fragmented which puts stress on the plants and animals in the populations.
• Sonoma Co. is 85% privately owned.
• Michael Soule has done work on “islands of habitat” which can lead to a loss of biodiversity.

Why Tracking?
• Breaks in the pattern gives us new information and the story becomes rich.
• Tracking gives us a sense of place—where you live and knowing where you live.
• Salmon returning to natal tributaries and are able to travel up to 7,000 miles and return years later.
• Each animal has a story to tell—become in relationship with any species, create habitat wherever you are.
• Beavers are starting to return. If you see any beaver anywhere, be sure to notify a wildlife organization.
• Beavers created dams that helped replenish the ground water.
• Bears are in Sonoma County. Coastal California had the most grizzlies anywhere and now they don’t exist in California.
• Both bears and salmons are keystone species—the loss of either would cause disproportionate damage.
• Anadromous Nutrient Cycle–anadromous means the ability to live in salt and breed in fresh water.
• Bears eat salmon, and when they are plentiful, they eat only the heads and then spread the fish bodies in the forest. Other animals come and then the breakdown goes into the nutrition of the trees.
• Scientists have found marine isotopes in the core samples of trees because of this interrelationship.
• Humans and bears deeply intertwined in stories and shape shifting—humans have watched the bears to learn about what plants to eat for medicines as another example of the deep connections between people and nature.

Books Meghan recommended for further exploration of these topics.
1. On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor
2. Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and Management of California Resources by Kat Anderson
3. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles Mann
4. Enduring Seeds: Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation by Gary Paul Nabham
5. The Fish in the Forest: Salmon and the Web of Life by Dale Stokes

–Carol Henderson

Meghan Walla-Murphy

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