The History & Future of the Grange

Sunday, March 12

Silverton historian Gus Frederick will be presenting his talk “The History and Future of the Grange in Transition,” about how the Grange movement started, both nationally and here in Oregon, and how it has remained an active part of rural communities to this day. At the Silverton Grange, on Sunday, March 12, 6:00 pm. Join us prior for a potluck dinner and social hour starting at 5:00.

Background from the Green Grangers Interest Group:

The Order of Patrons of Husbandry, generally known as The Grange, started as a radical populist movement from the 1870s that formed in opposition to both monopolistic corporations and their middlemen. This detrimental concentration of resources and the power it creates they reasoned, would result in a society that degraded the producer, violated the public good, and undermined the republic. Over a century later, this situation not only persists, it thrives – fueled by dwindling supplies of non-renewable and toxic fossil fuels.

Over the last 100 years, our society has grown up around the paradigm of cheap energy and rapid mobility. This is changing no matter what anyone feels about it one way or the other. Market forces are driving society as a whole towards a re-localization paradigm, even if many in industry fail to recognize it, or actively oppose it. We see this in our grocery stores with the ever-expanding range of local organic produce; Or in the increase in vibrant Farmer’s Markets and in the creative ingenuity of many of our rural citizens. Many of us feel that the Grange should accept this changing paradigm, and become a major player and even leader in rural communities in transition.

The Silverton Grange Hall is located at 201 Division Street, Silverton. From Main & Water downtown, head south 1.7 miles on Water Street towards Silver Falls State Park, and turn left on Division Street. There is a large State Highway sign for the Grange Hall on the corner.

Silverton Seedy Saturday

Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free for Everyone to Attend!

This year’s Seedy Saturday will feature a Focus on Food! An event where people get together to swap garden seeds, especially heirloom varieties, or varieties that have been in the family for generations. But the event is so much more! The event is free and everyone interested in gardening is welcome to attend. A few of whats on tap:

  • Free Garden Seeds. Bring some to trade too (Not required)
  • Master Gardeners to answer your gardening questions
  • Demonstrations on Using Worms for Composting
  • The buzz from Marion County Beekeepers Association
  • Grab a couple of free seed catalogs to browse
  • Nutritionist discussing fresh vegetable meals
  • Learn about gardening with water conservation in mind
  • Kid’s Activities
  • Raffle and so much more…

Come browse the Seed Catalog table, talk to Marion Country Master Gardeners, learn about Worm Compost, learn about Water Conservation at your home, find out what your local Grange is all about, get some gardening seeds at the Seed Swap Table (and if you have any Open Pollinated or family heirloom flowers/veggie varieties, bring them in). Local nurseries are invited to sell starts, plants, seeds and gardening implements. Not sure what to do with all the produce from your garden? Visit our Nutrition & Recipe Table. Learn how to put up garden vegetables/canning/dehydrating. Meet the fine folk from the Salem Rose Society. Interested in Hydroponics? This is the place to be on Saturday. Meet your Willamette Valley Beekeepers. And if you are hungry, there is some great food at the “Seedy Cafe,” where we will have baked goods for sale with coffee and tea.

The Silverton Grange Hall is located at 201 Division Street, Silverton. From Main & Water downtown, head south 1.7 miles on Water Street towards Silver Falls State Park, and turn left on Division Street. There is a large State Highway sign for the Grange Hall on the corner.

The Healthcare Movie

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The Healthcare Movie, narrated by Keifer Sutherland, explores the health care system in Canada: how it came to be, how it works for ordinary Canadians, how it is paid for, and how it compares to its American counterpart. A special screening is set for Silverton here at the Grange on Tuesday, March 4. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

The Healthcare Movie provides the real story of how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so completely different, when at one point they were essentially the same. Most people under the age of 50, in both countries, are not aware of the intensity of the political struggle that led to the universal medical care system in Canada. Nor are they aware of the public relations campaigns, still active today, that have been prevalent in the United States since the early 1900’s to dissuade the public from supporting national health care.

Produced by Canadian/American (now Oregonian) couple Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg, The Healthcare Movie reveals the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to universal health care because of the heroism of people who took a stand nearly 50 years ago. It also reveals the continuing struggle in the United States between the fear of government intervention and the right to quality health care for all people. Every day people are dying or going bankrupt due to the ills of the United States system. Who are we in the face of this human tragedy? If you agree that people are more important than profits, then you must watch this film.

This special Silverton screening is sponsored by the Silverton Grange, Silverton People for Peace, the Main Street Alliance of Oregon and Health Care for All Oregon.

The Silverton Grange Hall is located at 201 Division Street, Silverton. From Main & Water downtown, head south 1.7 miles on Water Street towards Silver Falls State Park, and turn left on Division Street. There is a large State Highway sign for the Grange Hall on the corner.

100-Mile Breakfast Shrinks…

50 Mile BreakfastOnce again, the Silverton Grange is hosting our “localvore” Breakfast on Saturday, August 28, 2010, from 8 am to 11 am at the Silverton Grange Hall. Originally our breakfast featured foods made from scratch with ingredients grown or produced within 100 miles of Silverton.

This year we have decided to shrink our reach and to focus on those items within a 50 mile radius. The event is intended to encourage people to consume foods from their local area. There is a $7 suggested donation. Everyone is welcome.

The menu will include buckwheat pancakes, SortaSausage®, vegetable frittata, fresh fruit, fruit compotes, sausage, and  beverages.

“Within even 50 miles of Silverton is a cornucopia of vegetables, fruits, nuts, meats, grains, and seafood,” explains April Brenden-Locke, Silverton Grange member. “We want to provide a delicious meal to community members showcasing the incredible foods we have available in our local area.”

Information and resources will be available at the event to show people the benefits of eating local food and where they can buy local products.

“Produce travels an average of 1,500 miles before it reaches our supermarkets,” says Brenden-Locke. “Buying more local food decreases our dependency on foreign oil and supports local family farms.”

Founded in 1867, the Grange is the nation’s oldest farm organization and supports sustainable communities, local agriculture, and education. “The Silverton Grange is bringing these ideals into the 21st century by being relevant to today’s families and today’s issues. We believe local farmers and food producers are critical to that goal,” says Brenden-Locke.