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California Grange Farmers' Bill of Rights Meeting

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Farmers, food advocates and consumers are encouraged to attend the California Grange Farmers' Bill of Rights meeting series.

Upcoming meetings are scheduled to take place at the Chico Grange, located at 2775 Nord Avenue Chico 95927, on May 31 at 10:00 a.m. and at the Western Yolo Grange, located at 16787 Forrest Avenue Guinda 95637, on June 7 at 10:00 a.m. 

There is no charge for attendance.

Since 2012, the California Grange has held public forums in Grange halls around the state, creating a Farmers' Bill of Rights, a declaration supporting agricultural professionals and enthusiasts.  

"Farming is an essential part of every healthy community," states California Grange President Bob McFarland. "It is important that consumers, retailers and regulators understand and respect the needs and expectations of the people who grow our food. The Farmers' Bill of Rights will promote awareness and appreciation for the tillers of the soil."

The Grange is the oldest agricultural organization in the country. The first California Grange was formed in 1870. Today, there are 10,000 members serving 185 communities across the state. The Farmers' Bill of Rights demonstrates the Grange's strong support and advocacy for the farmers of California.

Thus far, discussions at the public meetings have produced a list of common concerns facing farmers.

The growing list for the Farmers' Bill of Rights includes:

  • A farmer has the right to provide access to fresh fruits, vegetables and products to encourage healthier food choices at home and in schools.
  • A farmer has the right to use and store any water that comes from or falls on their land.
  • A farmer has the right to grow crops without danger of pollution from off-farm sources, whether that pollution be genetic or chemical, borne by water, soil or air.
  • A farmer has the right to germinate, save and use their own seed.
  • A farmer has the right to protect agricultural land.
  • A farmer has the right to produce safe and healthy food free of overreaching government interference.

Public meetings for the California Grange Farmers' Bill of Rights are scheduled to take place at the Chico Grange, located at 2775 Nord Avenue Chico 95927, on May 31 at 10:00 a.m. and at the Western Yolo Grange, located at 16787 Forrest Avenue Guinda 95637, on June 7 at 10:00 a.m. Farmers, food advocates and consumers are encouraged to attend.  There is no charge for attendance.

For more information, contact the California Grange at 916-454-5805 or via email at info@californiagrange.org