The Rockford Grange was established in 1913 and when the current Grange building was built in 1921 it was listed as the largest Grange in the state of Oregon. This Grange, #501, has had many names during its 100 years, including Park Grange and West Hood River Grange- at one time there were over 200 active Grange members.
Since WWII rural life and subsequently the Grange have been on the decline as people left the country for urban areas. Many Granges during this period were lost and the Granges that remain question where they fit into modern culture. The Rockford Grange believes that bringing families and neighbors together is of enduring value to people, and the spaces where we gather are to be protected. The roots of the Grange is agriculture and in our modern way we honor that by reviving a culture of food, by hosting Potlucks with Grange members, hosting Seed Saving workshops, partnering with Gorge Grown on a Farmer Film Series and more. Join us. Become a member and together we will nurture community in Hood River.
More About the Grange- Hood River and beyond
The Grange is a family, community organization with its roots in agriculture. The original Grange was founded in 1867, formed as a national organization with a local focus. Granges, including Rockford, were instrumental in bringing needed services to rural areas, such as postal service, utilities, farm supplies (Montgomery Ward & Grange Supply became Hood River Supply), rural fire protection, state agriculture schools such as OSU and their Extension services, 4H and FFA- and the list goes on.
The Grange has four levels, Community, County or District, State, and National. Our local membership sets the direction and activities for the Community Grange in true grassroots fashion, and those decisions seep up to the national level.