Wed., June 6: After the Fires: Reflections from the Farm hosted by The Farmers Guild and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)

Sprouting after a fireMore than 6 months after the most destructive fires in California history, the agricultural community of the North Bay is back to work, busy in the field growing our food. But last year’s disaster remains with us not only in the outline of neighborhoods lost and charred hillsides, but also in memories and tough lessons learned.

Knowing that October’s fires will not be the last disaster to hit rural communities in California, we at the Farmers Guild and Community Alliance with Family Farmers are asking: what can we learn from that experience to better prepare farmers for future catastrophe? What worked during our response? What could have been done differently?

This interactive evening will solicit feedback from anyone involved in the response and recovery efforts–whether farmers, ranchers or those assisting them–feedback that will help guide our organization in developing tools, templates and programs to provide farm communities around the state to promote local resilience in the face of fire, flood, earthquake or the many unknowns that lie ahead.

6-9pm at the Sebastopol Grange.

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Granger Ariel Scholten wins youth leadership award

Ariel ScholtenSebastopol Grange’s own Ariel Scholten was one of ten Sonoma County high school seniors honored last week for their leadership and civic contributions at the 30th annual Community Youth Service Awards.

Sponsored by The Press Democrat and Oliver’s Market, the event recognizes students with deep volunteer commitments. Winners, who each received $1,000, were chosen from 126 nominees from 20 schools.

Ariel is president of the Sebastopol FFA and the FFA Sonoma Section, which represents nine chapters, including the one she heads in Sebastopol. She’s an officer at Analy’s California Scholarship Federation club, as well as an officer at the Sebastopol Grange. She has worked with the School Garden Network of Sonoma County and Sonoma County Farm Trails.
Read more about Ariel and the awards in the Sonoma Index-Tribune.

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Join us on EARTH DAY, April 22nd, at the Grange!

Grange Hall

The Sebastopol Grange, the Village Builders, and Daily Acts are converging again this Spring on EARTH DAY, to transform the land at our local community hub into landscaping that is more like the Grange community itself…productive, purposeful, and a source of pride.

We will be focusing on the area outside of the front doors of the building. In addition to planting and mulching, we will be building new benches underneath the front awning.

There will be friends, snacks, music, and libations to enliven our bodies and our hearts while we give back to this beloved community center, our native pollinators, and the Earth.

The Grange will provide snacks and REVIVE will provide Kombucha. We also invite you to bring a POTLUCK dish for sharing.

We will sheet mulch, plant, and install drip irrigation, so if you have them, bring shovels, hand tools, pruners, and/or box cutters with your name on them.

This is a kid-friendly event.

When: Sunday, April 22nd | 10am-1pm
Where: Sebastopol Grange Hall, 6000 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, CA
Cost: Free

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Look at how the Grange celebrated Women’s History Month!

dinnerWomens MarchFlash Mob DanceLaguna Farm

After a delicious potluck dinner, Grangers and friends watched the powerful and inspiring 30-minute film WOMEN’S MARCH: a documentary about democracy and human rights, and ONE BILLION RISING (video clip of our local V-Day Flash Mob Celebration!). Then we watched, and took part in, a performance of that inspiring dance.
Jennifer of Laguna Farm, our Featured Farmer at last night’s Grange event and potluck, for the delicious salad, roasted root vegetables and gorgeous, sauteed beet tops we enjoyed with our meal. Shepherd Bliss was awarded a CSA box of goodies.

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“Raise the Roof” Community Potluck: Building Solidarity for Renters

Build solidarity for renters! Everyone is welcome! Join us for good food, music, story sharing and a brief overview of the work being done throughout the county to support tenant protections and affordable housing development. Join us to fight against displacement and gentrification while giving voice to renters and advocating for policies and ordinances that can protect our cherished diversity. Learn more.
Tenants rights event

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Join us, Grangers & Friends, to be in the Apple Blossom Parade on April 21!

The Sebastopol Grange is once again strolling in the Apple Blossom Parade on April 21 at 10am. Our “float” will feature Grangers and like-minded organizations that support community, food and farming. Our theme will be pollinators helping to sustain community. Our slogan: “We say, We are the future we want to Bee!”

Grangers and friends are invited to march in the parade wearing bee outfits or antennaes.

Our line-up spot for the parade is Division 3, #24. The parade starts at 10 but being in division 3 we don’t get marching for a while. They always try to get people lined up before the parade starts. Most people walk in to the line-up by Analy HS near the tennis courts (if there someone that can’t walk that far they can contact me at 707-484-5703 since I will have 2 passes for our group). Main Street closes to cars at least 30 min or more before the parade starts. Peter will be bringing the extra bee antenna and he and Cindy will have some signs for folks to carry. We will also have our Grange banner.

If you need to contact someone at the parade, call Dena on her cell phone at 707-484-5703.

Apple Blossom



–Dena Allen

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Women’s History Month celebration on March 27 will feature WOMEN’S MARCH film

Womens March Film

Please join the Sebastopol Grange as we Celebrate Women’s History Month
at our Community Potluck on Tuesday, March 27.

We will be screening the powerful and inspiring 30 minute film WOMEN’S MARCH: a documentary about democracy and human rights, and ONE BILLION RISING (video clip of our local V-Day Flash Mob Celebration!)

Tuesday, March 27

EVERYONE is welcome!
6pm: potluck.
6:50pm: Rise up Flash Mob dance. (Join in! Learn how here.)
7 pm: WOMEN’S MARCH film and video of our local ONE BILLION RISING Flash Mob V-DAY celebration.
8pm: Discussion and next steps.

WOMEN’S MARCH is a story about democracy, human rights, and what it means to stand up for your values in America today. On January 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of women marched on Washington, DC. That same day, hundreds of sister marches took place across the country and around the world.
Shot on location in five U.S. cities including Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Oakland, Boston and Washington, DC., the film explores several women’s motivation to march. For some people, it was their first time marching. For others, it was the continuation of a decades-long fight for human rights, dignity, and justice. For all, it was an opportunity to make their voices heard. It grew into the largest one-day protest in American history. Post-production manager Nicolai Crane and producer Iliani Matisse will join us.

We will also be screening the short, sweet, powerful video of our 2013 local ONE BILLION RISING Flash Mob action. You’ll recognize the faces and perhaps one is Yours!

Lastly, Linda Herman from Rock the Congress will be there to ask and answer questions about what WE can do to create positive and lasting change.

Representatives from Rock the Congress, Sister District, Swing Left and Indivisible will offer their inspiration for what WE can do to create positive and lasting change.

This event is FREE but DONATIONS of any amount are WELCOME.

If you are joining us for dinner, please arrive no later than 6pm and bring a dish to share.
Please carpool if possible.

Also, Grangers and friends who want to join us in the Apple Blossom Parade on April 21 are invited to stop by the art table to make antennae to wear. Bring a cap or sunglasses.

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Grange members are invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Sonoma County Folk Society

New Years Eve
Join members of the

for an evening of music & food at the Grange!

♫ MUSIC on Stage! POTLUCK SUPPER! JAMMING for hours! ♫
4:30 Doors open, set up chairs, socialize

5:15-6:30 Fast-moving show on stage,
with tunes and songs by local acoustic musicians!

7:00 Potluck Dinner—details below

8:00-Midnite? Jam! Visit! Jam! Visit! Jam! Yawn! Jam! Celebrate!

Potluck Details

Please help by contacting potluck coordinator Janette Duncan, to let her know what type of dish you can contribute to the dinner—Snacks? Salad? Main dish? Dessert? In addition to your dishes, the folk society Board of Directors will bring additional food & beverage items. We will also provide disposable plates, cups and flatware (or, better yet, bring your own plate, cup and utensils).

Please contact Janette at janettefiddler [at] about your potluck dish.

You may also choose to bring your beverage of choice


Questions? Contact Janet Dove, jandove [at]

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Grange Holiday Potluck Party Tuesday, Dec. 19th

holiday party


Dear Fellow Grange Members,

The Sebastopol Grange warmly invites you to our 2017 Holiday Party Potluck on Tuesday, Dec. 19th from 6 to 9pm.

We will not have a formal meeting again until our business meeting in January. Let us share good food and great company, music and games, and hopefully a dusting of that childlike wonder and magic that happens during this time each year.

Last year’s holiday potluck was so delicious! Please bring a yummy dish and/or beverage to contribute.

We will have a musical performance by the Social Prophet Choir. Bringing your own instruments and voices to share holiday songs throughout the evening is highly encouraged.

Would you like to help and volunteer some time towards this event? If so, please email me at: grangeevent[at]gmail[dot]com
We could use help with:

  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
  • Kids/Adult Craft Area
  • Raffle Table – if you have anything you wish to donate, let us know!

Games- do you have a game idea?
There are many great groups that use our Sebastopol Grange Hall, and we hope to get a few folks from each group to be present at this gathering and celebrate all the great work that happens at our Grange throughout the year. May we mix, mingle, and inspire.

With thanks,

Jeanna Collet
Sebastopol Grange President

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Join us at the Grange for a Thanksgiving potluck!

Thanksgiving dinner table

Giving Thanks for Community!

Join us at the Sebastopol Grange for a Thanksgiving potluck. Many are displaced this Thanksgiving, having lost their homes or who have family members or friends have lost their homes. Or maybe you just want to be in community this Thanksgiving. So bring your tablecloths, place settings, decorations or whatever it is you need to feel more at home or just bring your potluck dish. Invite your family and friends and come and dine with us. Feel free to bring instruments to play music.

Is there anyone who could donate produce for our meal? Three turkeys have been donated!
We will be opening the Grange at noon and dining at three.

RSVPs are welcome so that we can put out tables and chairs. Call if you need to cook or heat something at the Grange. There is plenty of room. This is an ADA facility.

Call or text Dorothy at 707-779-9019.

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