What can you find at the Sebastopol Grange?
Opportunities for community-building and social action, music, food, fun and friendship! Everyone is welcome to attend, participate in activities, or become a member. (It’s not just for farmers!) Learn more about the Grange.
Our hall is closed during pandemic restrictions, but Grangers are still connecting, planning, and working to strengthen our community and our hall. Sign up for our newsletter to keep up on what we’re doing until we can meet together again!
Getting to Know a Granger
Tor and Dena Allen honor the sun and the soil
Tor and Dena are living the example of a lower carbon footprint year by year, and teaching others as they do. Their Rahus Institute hosts alternative energy conferences for educators, Dena volunteers with local food-growing programs, both are active members of our Grange. Learn more about them!
Big thanks to the Grangers who came to whack some weeds
and spruce up the grounds around the Grange Hall last week: Nancy Cadigan, Carol Henderson, Jeanna and Sebastian Collet and their boys Obi and Eli, Gary Abreim, Paul Schwebel, and Laura Shafer!
Grangers are talking about…
SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), Bay Area chapter
The recent murders in Atlanta and attacks in Oakland and San Francisco have brought to national attention to what, unfortunately, is not news to many: bigotry, misogyny, and racialized violence in our country is thriving and Asian and Pacific Islander Americans are frequently the targets of hate crimes and acts of terror. Learn more.
Grange gardening volunteers greet Soroptimist President
Grange garden volunteers Marilyn Madrone, Laura Shafer, Carol Henderson, Nancy Cadigan (who was taking the photo) and her pup Ollie joined with Soroptimist President Elizabeth Smith and daughter Lucy at the Grange in early March. Elizabeth took a plaque that hung on the board showing all the service clubs in Sebastopol that dates from the 1930s or 1940s. The Soroptimists will have a new sign made to include the logo for Soroptimist International of the Americas.
Elizabeth and Laura are serving on the Co-Mission organized with the City of Sebastopol, Council of Service Organizations, working to help each other’s organizations serve the community’s needs more effectively.
Please help our Sister Grange, the Morgan Hill Grange!
This historic building is in danger.
Please help save the Morgan Hill Grange. Because of COVID, it is in financial trouble due to the inability to rent out the venue. The Grange has been very friendly to the bluegrass community and could really use help. Click to learn more and contribute to their Go Fund Me account.
Grangers and Beekeepers Association complete Hedgerow Project 2020
Using mostly native California plants from local nurseries and the beekeepers gardens, the Really Good Bees Inspirational Garden was planted behind the Grange Hall in October. Read the story about how this collaborative project came together while our hall has been closed due to the pandemic.
Getting to know a Granger:
Check out more in our series of profiles of Grange members.
Descendant of a military family, Shepherd has been an ordained minister, a world traveler, a writer and editor, an advocate, and for the past thirty years a Sonoma County farmer. Read his story.
Regenerative agriculture is making news lately as a way to not only feed the planet, but save the planet. Grange members Amy and Jim Crawford have embraced its holistic practices as they manage their farm near Cotati. Read their story.