Progressive Grange
Sustainable Food Conference

November 7-9, Leedy Grange Hall
835 NW Saltzman, Portland OR 97229

What is Sustainable Food? And why should we care?

The word "sustainable" implies that you can keep on doing it. Forever, or at least for the foreseeable future. That lets out anything based on petrochemical resources (oil), which we know are finite. It also eliminates practices that don't build the health of the soil and improve the environment. Of course, it implies food that sustains the health of those who eat it and also those who grow it.

With those concepts in mind, a group of enthusiastic Grangers in Oregon has organized this conference to promote the Grange as an organization for people who want to learn more about, and support, sustainable food—from ending hunger and creating resilient communities through Community Food Security programs, to finding ways to eat healthier, to supporting the small farmers in our communities who produce local sustainable food.

Who should attend? Urban farmers and home gardeners, locavores (folks who prefer to eat locally-produced food), those interested in permaculture, transition, community food security, organic growing practices, and anyone who loves to eat!

The conference is open to the public. Our goal is to build progressive Grange membership by offering information of interest to many groups.

The Grange is a national "fraternity" with Grange Halls in communities around the US. For years, the membership has been graying, and local Granges struggle to stay open. This is about to change! By joining your local Grange, you can become more effective in your community, providing a place for learning and community to happen, and drawing even more like-minded folks into the organization.

Conference schedule:

The conference kicks off with a Grangers-only potluck on Friday, November 7, at 5 pm (we can’t have a public potluck because of Washington County health rules). A movie will follow—"Plant This Movie" about urban farming around the world.

Saturday morning and afternoon will include speakers and workshops on a variety of topics, including Grange 101, Community Food Security (programs to end hunger), and more.

There will be a catered local/seasonal lunch on Saturday. Tickets are available for the lunch, which will include delicious food prepared by an amazing local restaurant, Rock Creek Corner, for both vegetarians and carnivores.

Sunday morning will begin with a local/seasonal breakfast, followed by summit sessions designed for Grange members who want to become more active in their own Granges, in the State and National Grange, and in their communities through promoting healthy eating, food security, sustainable growing practices and more. One session will school us on Parliamentary Procedure as it applies to Grange Resolutions.

TriMet: lines 48 & 50 stop less than a block from Leedy at Saltzman & Cornell. Sunset Transit Center is not far. If you want to ride-share, indicate that on your registration form and we'll try to match you up.

Questions, please contact Virginia Bruce by email: or by phone at 503-803-1813. But please remember I’m deaf so email is best!!