Where it all began

The Ojai Valley Grange has been active since 1875 as a gathering place for families interested in supporting local agriculture and the local economy. 

Our Grange Hall is a quonset hut moved here to the Miramonte neighborhood in 1950.  At the time, our Grange had over 500 members and held events every week.  The Ojai Grange community was very active in the 50s, 60s and 70s- a hub for gatherings of families interested in supporting local agriculture and the local economy.  

What is a Grange?

The Grange (the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry), established in 1867 by seven men and one woman, grew up as a platform for anti-monopoly legislative action by farmers against the railroads and was a major force in women's suffrage, cooperative enterprise development and rural free mail delivery. They came up with the double yellow lines on the road, and the majority of anti-monopoly legislation.  Susan B. Anthony famously said “I can tell a  Granger woman just by looking at her”.  The Grange was the first organization in the US that gave women equal vote in membership, and in fact required four women as full officers (Lady Assistant Steward, Flora, Pomona, Ceres) in order to found a Grange. 
 

The Ojai Grange today

Today, the non-profit Ojai Valley Grange has members with a great diversity of interests that bring them to the Grange, from keeping livestock to gardening, theatre, art, ecology, cooking, and home improvement.  We host a variety of classes, speakers, community meetings, film showings, dances and other events here at our hall, and rent it out to whomever may need it for parties, concerts, community gatherings or to teach dance, music or exercise classes. The Grangers meet on the first Saturday of every month at the hall to potluck and support different community projects, the most prominent of which is helping the Grange youth show their animals at the Ventura County Fair every summer. 
 
Today's Grange echoes the themes of its populist past, an articulate critique of global economy and commodity food, a focus on self-reliance, adult education, political literacy, food preservation, buying clubs, dancing and civic life, moral economy, dancing, pie-baking, inter-generational exchange and community revival.