The Grange in Edina hosts fall programs

Beginning Monday, Sept. 11, the Grange in partnership with the Edina Historical Society premieres its fall programming with “September Grange Night: Local Farmers, a Meet & Greet.”

The evening program will consist of a 6:30 p.m. tour of the city of Edina’s Historic 1879 Minnehaha Grange Hall with refreshments. First-time attendees are encouraged to participate in this tour to learn more about the Grange and what they’ll experience at Grange Night. A traditional 1867 Grange opening at 7 p.m. will be followed by a panel of local farmers discussing the importance of Agriculture – even in our urban and suburban communities – in the 21st century.

Panelists Hmong farmer, Mai Cha; Eden Prairie farmer, Terry Picha; Jack McCann of TC Farms; and members of a Grange farm family will share their experiences as farmers who produce the food we eat and the joys and challenges of working in agriculture.

“We often get asked, ‘Can I participate in the Grange? I’m not a farmer,’” said Edina Granger, Bob Moore, whose grandparents were members of the Grange in the 1920s. I like to remind people that we all make choices in the type of agriculture we support by how we choose to eat, and that makes us all involved in agriculture and farming. It’s so important to connect people to their food source.

That’s why we’re excited about our fall Grange events,” Moore continued. “Plus, Grange is just a great place to connect with the community face-to-face, offline and away from computers and social media. Participating in Grange is a great experience.”

While the Minnesota Grange began in 1869 as a collective voice for farmers, it quickly developed into a community organization dedicated to building vibrant, educated and progressive communities across the state. The Grange continues with that tradition to this day.

The Minnesota Grange is known for its catch-phrase, “Put down your device and figure out why your grandparents loved the Grange. The best connections happen offline,” referring to the organization’s traditional community events that take place on a near weekly basis across the state and locally at the Historic 1879 Minnehaha Grange Hall, 4918 Eden Ave., Edina.

Other September events include:
• The Minnesota Grange Book Club: Kicks-off 7 p.m. Sept. 18. This season’s book club explores the American Presidency, with biographies on Washington, Jackson, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, (fellow Grange member) FDR, and George H.W. Bush.

• The Grange also continues with its Grange Hall Game Night every fourth Monday of the month. Individuals, families, couples and friends are encouraged to attend the Minnehaha Grange Hall 7-9 p.m. for snacks, refreshments, traditional board games and entertainment.

The Grange is a member-driven, 150-year-old organization of 250,000 national members dedicated to building vibrant communities and growing driven leaders who understand the importance of agriculture, advocacy, education, and community engagement.