Saturday, January 11, 2014
While the fields, orchards and gardens are laying in rest, Rockford community Grange is busy with several different activities to which the public is invited.
Master Mark England and member Linda Short will be conducting two in-services to share with potential members and current members what Grange is all about. Come learn about Grange history, culture and what sort of activities and work Granges do.
Jan. 16, 30 – All about the Grange, 7 p.m.
Jan 22 – First “Crop Talk” event, 5:30-7 p.m.
The in-services will be on Jan. 16 and Jan. 30, beginning at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Anyone is welcome to attend.
Rockford Community Grange will be the host of an informal gathering of farmers, gardeners, growers of food in the Mid-Columbia Gorge region to share the ins and outs of growing food. “Crop Talk” is a casual gathering and is open to the public.
The first talk will be Jan. 22 at 5:30 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Crop Talk is co-sponsored by Gorge Grown Food Network.
The Grange is also starting a Seed Bank to help preserve genetic diversity and to share heirloom, non-GMO and locally adapted seeds with local gardeners.
Look out for a Seed Sharing event at the Grange in March when there will be an opportunity to learn more about the ancient tradition of seed saving and amateur plant breeding.
Rockford Grange is located at 4250 Barrett Road, next to the West Side Fire Dept.
For details call 541-490-9287 or 541-806-2344.
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