Local Granges Face Unwanted Identity Choice

Jan 25, 2016

The 149 year old Bennett Valley Grange is the oldest continually active grange chapter in the United Stated.

  From the outside, it looks like business as usual at local grange halls across northern California. But a bitter internal power struggle between the state and national offices is forcing each community group to choose sides.

Progressive agriculture-related politics are embraced by the new members of Sebastopol's revived Grange.

  The 180 local granges in California have a long history that added an unexpected new chapter in recent years, as younger and progressive new members infused fresh energy and activism into a number of formerly moribund chapters. That political advocacy has been embraced strongly within the Sebastopol Grange, says local leader Lawrence Jaffee.