Grange is an old word that means grain, granary, farm, farmhouse or an association of farmers.
How We Began
The North Carolina State Grange, incorporated on February 20, 1875, was successful in various legislative activities such as railroad regulation. Following World War I and the development of the Department of Agriculture as a strong advocate for farmers, the Grange's prominence fell slightly. As a result of the Great Depression and a need for a greater sense of community, the Grange re-organized in 1929. By bringing isolated farm families together, it fostered community spirit and encouraged greater tolerance among people who belonged to different political parties and religious denominations. The Grange provided valuable business training through cooperative buying and selling among Grange members. It also maintained a lively interest in education which is evident by the fact that community and local Granges sometimes undertook the operation of primary schools and high schools. The Grange was instrumental in the development of 4-H and Future Farmers of America.
Who We Are Today
Today, the North Carolina State Grange serves as a family-oriented organization committed to serving its members through a variety of programs and services. The Grange still promotes agriculture as an essential industry for our economy. Grassroots involvement in governmental issues is promoted through the development of legislative policy and through the encouragement of political participation. The State Grange and local Granges provide educational and wholesome social opportunities. One of the greatest benefits of being a Grange member is this fellowship. Local Granges are active in improving their communities through service projects and volunteerism. Developing leadership skills for youth is essential for equipping our future's leaders with the ability to make our state, nation and world a better place in which to live.