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Springfield Grange Awarded for Growth

The local grange won the Most New Members award at the 2012 California State Grange Convention this month.

Attracting 130 new members in a single year earned the Springfield Grange the “Most New Members Award” at the California State Grange (CSG) Convention in Willits on October 12.

The honor is particularly special because one year ago the Springfield Grange, located just south of Watsonville in Royal Oaks, was set to be sold for lack of members.

The Grange movement supports organic and sustainable agricultural , education for new farmers, and advocating for rural communities, small farms and ranches. The Springfield Grange is also a site for community cultural events such as concerts, dances and culinary festivals based on quality locally produced food.

The membership award included a $500 cash prize to the Springfield Grange. In addition, Grange President Alan Hicks was awarded the CSG Leadership Award in recognition of the work in revitalizing the Springfield Grange. Hicks was also honored by being elected as President of the California State Grange Foundation.

Springfield Grange is hosting the “YES on 37 Bilingual Frankenfood Film Festival” at 8 p.m. Saturday to educate on the effects of GMO (genetically modified) foods and advocate voting  Yes on Proposition 37, which will require labeling of GMO foods in California.

The Springfield Grange is located at the corner of Elkhorn and Werner Roads in Watsonville.  The Grange meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. The Springfield Grange welcomes new members.

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