NFO Holding Actions in Minnesota

Minnesota farmers were active in building the National Farmers Organization (NFO), a populist farm group dedicated to strengthening family farmers’ economic well-being. Unlike other farm groups on both the right (the Farm Bureau) and the left (the Farmers’ Union), the NFO during the 1960s focused on direct economic action.

Color image of the second floor landing of the James J. Hill House, 2008

Second floor landing of the James J. Hill House

Second floor landing of the James J. Hill House, 2008

Color image of a wooden ballot box with hinged lid containing forty-two marbles and twelve black plastic cubes. Used by the Minnesota Grange.

Minnesota Grange ballot box

Wooden ballot box with hinged lid containing forty-two marbles and twelve black plastic cubes. Used by the Minnesota Grange.

Black and white photograph of Governor Elmer Benson signing a bill with Grange Master William B. Pearson looking on, 1963. Photographed by Eugene Debs Becker.

Governor Elmer Benson signing a bill with Grange Master William B. Pearson looking on

Governor Elmer Benson signing a bill with Grange Master William B. Pearson looking on, 1963. Photographed by Eugene Debs Becker.

Black and white photograph of Grange Hall (Minnehaha Grange Number 398) in Edina, 1948.

Minnehaha Grange hall

Grange Hall (Minnehaha Grange Number 398) in Edina, 1948.

Black and white photograph of a State Grange booth at the Minnesota State Fair, c.1948.

State Grange booth at Minnesota State Fair

State Grange booth at the Minnesota State Fair, c.1948.

Black and white photograph of a Grange Hall, in Bloomington, c.1890.

Grange Hall, Bloomington

Grange Hall, Bloomington, c.1890.

Black and white photograph of a Grange Hall in Pleasant Grove, 1873.

Grange Hall, Pleasant Grove

Grange Hall in Pleasant Grove, 1873.

Color image of a Minnesota State Grange picnic held on the Sletton Farm in Aitkin on June 13, 2015.

Minnesota Grange Picnic

Minnesota State Grange picnic held on the Sletton Farm in Aitkin on June 13, 2015. Shown are members of Sunbeam Grange #2, Oak Leaf Grange #569, Clear Lake Grange #692, Lake Hubert Grange #735, and Oliver Hudson Kelley Grange #834. Photographed by Alan Champion.

State Grange of Minnesota

For almost 150 years, the State Grange of Minnesota as an organization has thrived, faded, and regrouped in its efforts to provide farmers and their families with a unified voice. As the number of people directly engaged in farming has declined, the State Grange has shifted its focus toward recruiting a new type of member—often younger—interested in safe, healthy, and sustainable food sources.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Agriculture