Nearly 800 supporters attend North Bay Love fire benefit, raising $50,000!

Thank you to all who’ve stepped up to support our North Bay Fire Recovery efforts, supporting those who’ve lost so much during the past week of devastation throughout Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino Counties. Through our event on Thursday and our online fund, we’ve raised over $50K for victims and for community resilience initiatives to help us better prepare for future catastrophe. While the fires still burn and we have yet to count our losses, the outpouring of support from farmers and allies across California has been overwhelming.
We are currently working to connect deliveries of farm products and supplies to shelters and evacuees, facilitating connections that will help get folks back on their feet. Please get in touch if you need or can offer support of any kind. And for those watching from afar unsure how to help, please consider donating to our fund. It’ll be a long road to recovery, but together we will rebuild, replant and get back to feeding our communities: www.farmersguild.org/north-bay-fire-relief


Reprinted from the Press Democrat – October 13, 2017

North Bay Love Fire Benefit at the Barlow

ESTEFANY GONZALEZ
The North Bay Love Fire Benefit at The Barlow in Sebastopol on Thursday, October 12 featured a number of local musicians, artist and creative spirits who came together to help those affected by the North Bay wildfires.

It was put together by a number of local organizations such as The Farmers Guild, the North Bay Organizing Project, Daily Acts, the School Box Project, the Arlene Francis Center, Sebastopol Grange, Community Alliance with Family Farmers and Conservation Action, to establish a Fire Recovery Fund.

The goal of the Fire Recovery Fund is to channel the organization’s collective resources to help families and individuals recover from damages they may have suffered by the North Bay wildfires not covered by insurance or traditional relief services.

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A diverse coalition of community-based organizations have come together to establish the North Bay Fire Recovery Fund. These funds will be provided to fire victims, especially those suffering losses that may not be covered by insurance or traditional relief services, and to support local organizations that help us build more healthy, just and resilient communities that can better prepare us for future catastrophe.

Grassroots community-based organizations are essential to ensuring that recovery efforts reflect the diverse needs of our community now and in the future. As a coalition representing small farmers, latinos and sustainability leaders, we have strong partnerships with local non-profits, government agencies, faith institutions, family businesses and schools.

Learn more.


 

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Jan. 21-Emergency Preparedness Kit-Making Workshop

Save the date: Jan. 21, 2018, 1-4pm
Build a Solar Powered Emergency Charging Kit Workshop

Solar chargerAt this workshop participants will build their own solar powered emergency charging kit that will be able to charge a cell phone and a PowerBank battery as well as power LED lights for emergencies or camping. In addition, three kits will be built and stored at our Grange for emergency use.
The Solar Notebook+E123 Charger that we’ll build combines several small photovoltaic modules together with USB car charger, a 2600 mAh PowerBank, USB LED Light Bulb & Light Stick, mounted on repurposed campaign signs (coroplast).

The workshop will be led by Tor Allen and Solar Schoolhouse. Registration and prepayment for materials will be required prior to the workshop at SolarSchoolhouse.org. 

The cost of the materials for the charger is $80, there is no charge for the workshop. Contact President Jeana if financial assistance is needed.

 

Sign up a loved one as a holiday gift!

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Zero Waste Curious? Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Grange

The Sebastopol Grange, 350 Sonoma, and Zero Waste Sonoma County are hosting a fun and informative evening to learn the why’s and how’s of Zero Waste at home, work, school, businesses and events.

Find out why the Bay Area is considered a hub of the global Zero Waste Movement.

Discover what local advocates, our communities and state are doing to curb climate change, increase recycling, redistribute food, create jobs and help move us toward a green economy.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 6:30-8:30pm
at the Sebastopol Grange, 6000 Sebastopol Ave, Hwy 12, Sebastopol

Free/donation appreciated

All ages welcome!

   Zero waste

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Fermentation Festival Makes Generous Donation for our New Kitchen!

Jennifer Harris
Photo by Sonoma Magazine

We’re so grateful to Granger Jennifer Harris and the Fermentation Festival for raising $2,870 for our kitchen, bringing our total in the kitchen fund to $10,450!

The Fermentation Festival, an annual celebration of all things fermented, was held on September 2 at the Petaluma Fairgrounds. Jennifer’s fermentation group, Vital Alchemy, meets on Wednesdays at the Sebastopol Grange. Everyone is invited to attend.

Thanks, Jennifer!

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West County Craft Faire 2017 applications open now

Craft faire

It’s that time of year again! Our West County Craft Faire at the Grange is such a fun event, and we are excited to see what you all have been working on.

This year’s Craft Faire will be on Saturday & Sunday,
November 18th & 19th, 11am-4pm.

Due to the number of applicants over the last few years, we are going to try a two-day Craft Fair in hopes of having more vendors able to showcase their local, handmade crafts. This will also give us an opportunity to raise more funds for a good cause through our exciting raffle. Please read the following information before completing the application.

Applications are due by Monday, Sept. 18th by noon.

A booth at this year’s Craft Faire will cost $30 for a Grange Member, and $45 for a non-Grange member. This amount is due upon arrival to the Craft Faire before you set up your booth. (We encourage our kid crafters to share a table with another young crafter making the cost lower and the experience even more fun)

Each vendor at the Craft Faire will donate items that you will be selling at your booth to our Basket raffle.

These baskets are a weaving of everyone’s crafts and creations, raising funds for a wonderful local program. Each vendor must contribute a minimum of a $30 value of your booth’s crafts towards the basket raffle, but know that the greater value you give, the more money we can raise to benefit this program. We look forward to celebrating the local, handmade creations with you all.

We will send out notice of acceptance and waiting lists by Wednesday, September 27th.

Click for the application to download, complete and save,
then email it to grangeevent [at] gmail.com

With thanks,
Jeanna Collet and the Sebastopol Grange Craft Committee

Craft fair

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Members are encouraged to attend the State Convention June 22-25

California State Grange Convention:
June 22 -25 at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds

At the annual California State Grange session, we have a unique opportunity to meet Grangers from all over the state and experience our 150-year-old heritage.

It would be an honor to attend this convention with as many of you that can, showing up with our Sebastopol hearts, engaging in this long term democratic practice and participating within it to make our voices heard.

Our Grange is pleased to have the convention here in Sonoma County and we want to support your attending by paying your registration fee whether for one day or the whole convention.

You can view the convention schedule here along with the menu options here. You will need to pay for your meals though.

Dear Fellow Grangers,
I’m writing to encourage more of you to come to our state Grange Convention, which will be next Thursday June 22nd through Sunday the 25th at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Or even come for part of it. You’ll get good food and a chance to really see another side to the Grange and to meet brothers and sisters from all over California.

Sebastopol Grange is ready to help you do this by helping fund your registration. Please contact Gary Abreim at gabreim@earthlink.net or 321-4250. Let’s show a strong presence from Sebastopol at the convention and share the good work we are doing!

Friday night is the talent show and Jeanna is performing.

Saturday night is an opportunity to take your 5th and 6th degree and experience the richness of the Grange heritage. The cost is quite minimal.

Fraternally,
Jerry Allen

CA Convention

 

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Our Landscape Transformation Party was a great success!

  • Circle

Many hands make light work. What a blast we had transforming the landscape of our Grange Hall into an abundance of native plants, flowers and pollinators. Thanks to our passionate community for coming out, rolling up their sleeves and getting dirty. And to Daily Acts, Sebastopol Village Building Convergence and everyone who made it possible!

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Scholarship Committee Report

Scholarship recipients

Scholarship recipients Jannike Allen (l) and Pauline Allen report on their educational pursuits.

The Grange #306 scholarship committee is happy to recap the scholarship awards from the 2016-17 school year. Ariel Scholten received a Member Education scholarship to help her attend the National FFA Convention in Indiana. The Analy High School Agriculture Department received a School Program grant to upgrade their greenhouse and Parkside Elementary received a grant to repair and upgrade their school garden shed. The Youth Granger Scholarships were awarded to Cabrilla Wiecek, an Analy High School student, to use towards her Global Student Embassy trip to Niagara, Pauline Allen who is studying Ecology at Evergreen State, and Jannike Allen who is studying Environmental Science at Portland State.
In addition the scholarship committee has met to review and update the guidelines for the scholarship awards. We will be moving to a calendar year award cycle where the Youth Granger Scholarship applications will be due February 1 of each year and awarded in the spring. Both the Member Education Scholarship and the School Program Grant will be awarded twice a year, fall and spring. The Scholarship Tab on the Sebastopol Grange website will be updated with these new due dates and guidelines.
Fall 2017 we will accept applications for a Member Education Scholarship and a School Program Grant. The applications and guidelines can be found on the Sebastopol Grange website under the Scholarship tab.

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May 30th Grange Meeting & Potluck: Getting to know a Muslim neighbor

Of One Soul

 

Join us for our May General Meeting & Potluck when we’ll be joined by Aisha Morgan, who will talk to us after our meal.

Getting to know a Muslim neighbor

Islam is a religion followed by a quarter of the world’s population yet often misunderstood. At the May 30 meeting, we will have a chance to learn and ask questions. Aisha Morgan is active with the Interfaith Council of Sonoma County and its Muslim support campaign, Of One Soul. She is an observant Muslim and a longtime speaker on the topic who will provide a little background on the beliefs and practices of Islam and some of the challenges of living as a Muslim in Sonoma County. Aisha is a resident of Rohnert Park and commutes by bike to her work as Data Specialist for Santa Rosa City Schools.

In recent years she was the principal of the Islamic Sunday school of the Islamic Society of Santa Rosa and served on the board of the mosque. She has been a volunteer speaker for many years with Islamic Networks Groups (ING), speaking in classrooms and to groups of all kinds on many topics related to Islam and to interfaith.

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Mothers Day Work Party at the Grange

Planting flowers
Every 2nd Sunday of each month, the VBC hosts a work party at our beloved Sebastopol Grange Hall. This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day and we want to weave in a great deal of Mama Love as well. We will have flower pots that kiddos can paint for the mamas as well as materials to build a succulent hanging wall frame. To our Mama Earth, we will sing songs and check on all the new plantings we put in the ground 2 weeks ago.

In addition to creating gifts for the Mamas, we will be building new benches outside the front doors of the Grange Hall. We hope that we get to see you there!

painted pots1pm-Opening Circle/Potluck
1:30-4-Let’s get crafty with our gratitude!

 

– Jeanna Collet
Sebastopol Grange President

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