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.
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.