MN90: Home of the Grange

When Oliver Kelley began farming in Minnesota during the mid-1850s, he was frustrated by the low status of farmers and the isolation of rural life. So along with six others, he started an organization called the Grange, which as MN90 Producer Andi McDaniel explains, changed agrarian life in America by bringing farmers together to socialize and advocate for themselves. Includes an interview with Bob Quist of Oliver Kelley Farm.

Kelley, Oliver Hudson (1826–1913)

Oliver Hudson Kelley was a "book farmer," a man who had learned what he knew about agriculture from reading rather than from direct experience. In 1867, he helped found the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, the nation's largest agricultural fraternity.

Northrup King Dahlia seed packet

Northrup King Dahlia seed packet

Northrup King Dahlia seed packet, 1986.

Northrup King seed bag for Grimm alfalfa

Northrup King seed bag for Grimm alfalfa

Northrup King seed bag for Grimm alfalfa, c.1956. Grimm alfalfa was the first winter-hardy alfalfa in North America.

Bags of Northrup, King and Company lawn seeds

Bags of Northrup, King and Company lawn seeds

Bags of Northrup, King and Company lawn seeds, February 14, 1935. Photographer: Norton and Peel.

Northrup, King and Company Sterling Chick Feed bag

Northrup, King and Company Sterling Chick Feed bag

Northrup, King and Company Sterling Chick Feed bag, dated between 1921 and 1950. Printed with nutritional information and an ingredient list.

Man with vegetables grown from Northrup, King seeds

Man with vegetables grown from Northrup, King seeds

Man with vegetables grown from Northrup, King seeds, 1921. Photographer: Charles J. Hibbard.

Northrup, King and Company load of popcorn

Northrup, King and Company load of popcorn

Northrup, King and Company load of popcorn, 1920. Photographer: Charles J. Hibbard.

Northrup King trade sign

Northrup King trade sign

Double-sided, wood-framed, painted trade sign advertising Northrup, King and Company's Sterling seed corn, 1917. Made by the E.E. Peterson Sign Company.

Northrup, King and Company seed separator/cleaner

Northrup, King and Company seed separator/cleaner

Northrup, King and Company seed separator/cleaner, 1917. Photographer: Charles J. Hibbard.

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