Welcome to the Rockford Grange #501

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AGRICULTURE

At Rockford Grange #501 we are committed to supporting our local agriculture community and small farms. We promote our local farmers with such events as Fill Your Pantry and Crop Talks. Check out our events page for more information and these and our other events. 

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grange hall

Our historic grange building is the space that brings us together. It is a place for us to hold our meetings and share food, laughs, and stories. It also allows us to offer an affordable space for public use such as classes, weddings, quinceañeras, and other special events. For more information on our rentals click below.

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COMMUNITY

The people are what makes our grange so special. We welcome people from all walks of life. You don't have to be a farmer to be a grange member. We are looking for folks who are community minded. As a member you are offered members only benefits through the National Grange Organization as well as benefits that are just for our local Rockford Grange members such as discounted venue rentals. We also offer a Junior Grange program for children ages  5-14. For more information on becoming a member click the button below.

Upcoming Events

FOR FILL YOUR PANTRY- NOVEMBER 2ND

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Beyond a traditional farmers' market, this bulk buying event provides a way for Gorge residents to stock up for the winter months with storable food products that are grown by local farmers. Shoppers can fill their pantries and freezers while supporting local farmers and strengthening our local food system. 

Shop in bulk for potatoes, onions, root crops, winter squash, beans, grains, fruit, honey, cheese, dried herbs, jams, jellies and more. 

Enjoy food storage demonstration, educational materials, kid's activities, and live music from The Coffers. 

Demonstrations will include: OSU Master Food Preservers sharing tips on food storage, drying, fermenting veggies, and more. Grow Organic will demonstrate home-scale food preservation tools. Bergin's Organic Custom Seeds will demonstrate cleaning grains and beans for home use.

Soup and bread will be available to enjoy by donation. 

Contact info@rockfordgrange.net for more info.
Presented by the Rockford Grange, Gorge Grown Food Network, and OSU Extension Services.

Living While Dying - Film and Discussion - November 14th 6:30- 8:30

A brave and honest look at a difficult topic facing our mortality through conscious dying.
Presentation by Tamara Thiel - Columbia Gorge End-of-Life Doula

Suggested $10 donation at the door.

 
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PAST EVENTS

Rockford Grange - PLANT SALE

Saturday, May 4, 9-1pm

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Get ready for spring planting!!

Organically grown garden starts: veggies, herbs, flowers, fruit, seed potatoes, onions, asparagus, strawberries.

Annuals * Perennials * Berries * Grafting * Garden Supplies * FREE Seeds

Grown locally by Grow Organic for Rockford Grange

Rockford Grange Supporting Local Agriculture Since 1913

4262 Barrett Dr
Hood River, OR 97031
www.RockfordGrange.net
info@rockfordgrange.net

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Crop Talk at Rahane -

Tuesday, July 24th 2018

Greetings Farmer!

Join us for July Crop Talk at Rahane Farm in Hood River on Tuesday, July 24th at 6pm. Come learn about a permaculture and forest farm using a cooperative model. There will be a tour of a forest farm, livestock integration, vegetable gardens and description on how multiple entities work towards a common goal in a cooperative model. Rahane Farm is located at 2520 Kingsley Road. Drive 3.5 miles up Kingsley Road and you will see a driveway on your left with an open green gate. Aera will place sunflowers at the entrance as a marker. There will be a potluck at the end of the tour and please bring a dish to share and place settings of your own. RSVP with Rachel Suits at rachel.suits@oregonstate.edu.

THE Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project brings Oregonians together to talk across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds about important issues and ideas.

See the entire schedule by clicking here:

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GOOD FOOD, BAD FOOD: Agricultural, Ethics and Personal Choice - Friday

, April 26, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

PLEASE JOIN US for four thought-provoking conversations provided in partnership with Oregon Humanities Conversation Project whose goal is to connect people to ideas and to each other, not to push an agenda or arrive at consensus. Conversation is a powerful medium to invite our community’s diverse perspectives and explore challenging questions. Hope you can join in!!

4: GOOD FOOD, BAD FOOD: Agricultural, Ethics and Personal Choice

Oregon boasts a multibillion-dollar agricultural economy that includes both industrial and small-scale community-based agriculture (e.g., CSAs, farmers’ markets, and community gardens). Kristy Athens, author of Get Your Pitchfork On! The Real Dirt on Country Living and TEDx Talk speaker on food systems, will focus conversation on our efforts and choices to nurture community and local and autonomous food systems. Are these choices as consequential as consumers would like them to be? Does “voting with your dollars” significantly shape our agricultural systems?.

Rockford Grange doors open and soup's on at 5:30 pm. Conversation begins at 6:30 pm.

$5.00 suggested donation for conversation; no one turned away for lack of funds

Check oregonhumanities.org for more information about the Conversation Project and www.rockfordgrange.net to learn more about the other Conversations featured in the series Conversations at the Grange.

For more information about this community discussion, please contact info@rockfordgrange.net

This program is made possible by the generous support of Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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IT’S A FREE COUNTRY: The Limitations and Responsibilities of Freedom - Friday

, March 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

PLEASE JOIN US for four thought-provoking conversations provided in partnership with Oregon Humanities Conversation Project whose goal is to connect people to ideas and to each other, not to push an agenda or arrive at consensus. Conversation is a powerful medium to invite our community’s diverse perspectives and explore challenging questions. Hope you can join in!!

3: IT’S A FREE COUNTRY: The Limitations and Responsibilities of Freedom

When we think or say “America: land or the brave and free” or “It’s a free country! I can do what I want,” what does it mean to “be free”? This discussion will explore questions on freedom: How do we define, value, and experience freedom personally and in community?

In this conversation Ann Su will explore choices that come with freedom and what are the responsibilities that accompany those choices? How does this concept of “freedom” play out in a diverse, democratic society?

Does everyone have access to freedom in the same way?

In this conversation, Ann Su, a public interest attorney, adjunct assistant professor at Portland State University, and diversity and leadership consultant.

Rockford Grange doors open and soup's on at 5:30 pm. Conversation begins at 6:30 pm.

$5.00 suggested donation for conversation; no one turned away for lack of funds

Check oregonhumanities.org for more information about the Conversation Project and www.rockfordgrange.net to learn more about the other Conversations featured in the series Conversations at the Grange.

For more information about this community discussion, please contact info@rockfordgrange.net

This program is made possible by the generous support of Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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Seeing the Forest

and

the Trees:

Stewarding Our Public Forests

Friday

, February 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.


PLEASE JOIN US for four thought-provoking conversations provided in partnership with Oregon Humanities Conversation Project whose goal is to connect people to ideas and to each other, not to push an agenda or arrive at consensus. Conversation is a powerful medium to invite our community’s diverse perspectives and explore challenging questions. Hope you can join in!

2: Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Stewarding Our Public Forests

We live in a state with abundant forests, and yet we don’t all see the same thing when we look into the woods. Oregon is known for both its timber industry and its deep environmental values. What are the beliefs we have about our forests and what will we, as a state, do to steward, manage, and protect this special resource?

In this conversation, Mariah Acton, a recent graduate from the University of Oregon where her master’s work focused at the intersection of conflict resolution, nonprofit management, and public administration, she recognizes that this is an exciting time for public-driven, sustainable forest management, and she appreciates that there are more conversations to be had.

Mariah currently works in Salem as a strategic business analyst at Oregon Housing and Community Services where she helps to facilitate conversations around housing, homelessness, and anti-poverty policies. Mariah was also a social science researcher for the US Forest Service and a former volunteer facilitator with forest collaboratives in the southern Willamette Valley,

Rockford Grange doors open and soup's on at 5:30 pm. Conversation begins at 6:30 pm.

$5.00 suggested donation for conversation; no one turned away for lack of funds

Check oregonhumanities.org for more information about the Conversation Project and www.rockfordgrange.net to learn more about the other Conversations featured in the series Conversations at the Grange.

For more information about this community discussion, please contact info@rockfordgrange.net

This program is made possible by the generous support of Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon - Friday

, January 25, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

PLEASE JOIN US for four thought-provoking conversations provided in partnership with Oregon Humanities Conversation Project whose goal is to connect people to ideas and to each other, not to push an agenda or arrive at consensus. Conversation is a powerful medium to invite our community’s diverse perspectives and explore challengingquestions. Hope you can join in!!

1: THE SPACE BETWEEN US / Immigrants, Refugees and Oregonians

Global displacement is on the rise, thanks to intractable conflicts, economics, and climate change. Oregonians have and will continue to see the results of international migration in our neighborhoods. In this conversation, Manuel Padilla, who has worked with refugees in Haiti, Chad, and Washington, DC, asks participants to consider questions of uprootedness, hospitality, identity, perception, and integration and how we might build more informed, responsive, resilient, and vibrant communities.

Manuel Padilla is the executive director of Portland Meet Portland and is a teacher and consultant in the areas of dialogue, conflict transformation, social change, and international aid and development.

Rockford Grange doors open and soup's on at 6 pm. Conversation begins at 6:30 pm.

$5.00 suggested donation for conversation; no one turned away for lack of funds

Check oregonhumanities.org for more information about the Conversation Project and www.rockfordgrange.net to learn more about the other Conversations featured in the series Conversations at the Grange.

For more information about this community discussion, please contact info@rockfordgrange.net

This program is made possible by the generous support of Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.