Grange Hall, now California Guilds

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Why are California Granges now called Guild Halls?

Simply, it’s FOOD politics.

Corporate food power versus local food production: organic, GMOs, bees, pesticide drift and a host of other issues. In 2011, all hell broke loose with the historic Grange Halls – newly elected officials, and the national goals versus the local community interests.

The following year California was voting to label GMO foods, a proposition which educated millions of eaters and chemical corporations spent gazillions opposing the bill, but it was only narrowly defeated. The National Grange was standing on the opposite side from the California State Grange on this important food issue. This may be when the chasm began to widen.

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transition to the California State Guild

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Hippies, yuppies, left coast thinkers. Fruits, flakes and nuts! Tree huggers, eco-terrorist. Damn liberals. Food and California.

Remember that half of California voters knew about genetically engineered ingredients 5 years ago. Many of them made diet decisions based on new information readily available. Maybe they sometimes exercise outdoors, and dig this web site. Others choose to ignore the food topic. Denial.

Although the labeling law did not pass, many companies begin putting NON-GMO labels on the front of the food packages anyway. Health food manufacturers, now major brands, especially food produced inside California.

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The local food movements in cities and in rural communities started growing, prior to the year 2000; Grange membership began increasing (for the first time since the 1950s) as young farmers and organic farmers took a new interests in “creating community” and finding a cleaner, greener way to the future of food.

Now we have farmers markets and CSA’s (community supported agriculture programs) all over the nation, on a weekly basis. Awareness has only been accelerating on the food topic – with organic food sales rising steadily over the past decade.

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Grow Your Own Food

more articles & resources –

The State of the Grange

West Coast Grange Wars: A Reborn Farmers’ Movement Takes on Corporate Agriculture

The California State Grange backed 2012’s Proposition 37, which mandated labeling of genetically modified foods….

The National Grange suspended the California State Grange’s charter in September 2012, and revoked it in May 2013

We are anti-pesticide, anti-fracking but we are for food sovereignty. The National Grange is dynamically opposed to all of those. They are pro-GMO, pro-pesticides, pro-big farming as opposed to small and local farms. Politically there is a dynamic difference.

Guild Asks Governor To Ban Glyphosate

Food Movies: Food Documentaries, GMO Movie, Farm Documentary Films

Pear Festival

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Kelseyville Pear Festival
Pear Fest Lake County

Main Street in Kelseyville comes alive,w/ this family-focused event to showcase the areas history, agritourism, local businesses, craftsmen and community services. This is a fun filled day that starts off with a home town parade. Festivities include three stages with musicians, dancers and cloggers; horse demonstrations; antique car, engine and tractor shows; quilt shows; art shows and an entire pavilion devoted to all things ‘pear.’ Food vendors offer an array of scrumptious selections. Wine and beer tasting along with pear margaritas round out the choices. Pear pies and desserts always sell out.

Annual event; September
(one day only)
707-279 9022

Kelseyville, CA

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Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival

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Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival

This community event is always a crowd-pleaser, with everything from parades to pie eating contests. The AG Harvest Festival serves as a tribute to agriculture, Arroyo Grande’s leading industry. This festival focuses on the local non-profit organizations that serve the community. Bring the whole family for all of the weekend festivities.

Annual event: September

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Tulare County Fair

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Tulare Fair

Tulare is located in the California Central Valley (the “bread basket”) – so summers can still be quite warm even in September. Big county fair for this farming region. Agriculture shows, auctions, destruction derby, exhibits, competitions, 4H livestock, parade, rodeo, tractor pull and much more. Don’t miss the delicious Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler Cook-Off and the Tri-Tip Cook-Off. Carnival rides and carnival games too.

Annual event; September

Tulare County Fair
215 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Tulare, CA 93274
559-686-4707

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Tulare County

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Santa Cruz County Fair

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Santa Cruz County Fair

September is the month for the Santa Cruz County Fair. Carnival rides and games, horses, live music, entertainment. Auto races, pig races, horse show

Annual event; September
831-724-5671

Santa Cruz California

santacruzcountyfair.com

Sam and Arthur go down the slides at the 2000 Santa Cruz County Fair