Amboy Grange “If Barns Could Talk” by Rich Tyler Event

Amboy Grange at 220 High Street in Kellogg will be hosting Rich Tyler “If Barns Could Talk” on Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 PM.

Rich Tyler has been restoring the Secrest farmstead and octagonal barn near West Branch. He has researched the history behind the property, including the golden age of farming, the Depression, and the architecture of barns. Old barns are more than just solid functional buildings. They represent the soul of our farming heritage, and perhaps more! What is a barn, architecturally and emotionally? Barn design was based on experience, needs and ambition. Their function indicated both the farm operation and the farmers personal touch. Barn construction was a community affair comprised of hard work, huge meals, and a barn dance.

This presentation focuses on a typical farmer, Joshua Secrest, who developed a successful livestock farm. It also reviews the dramatic development of ingenious farm machinery and tools that enabled growth and prosperity. Secrest built a large octagonal barn in 1883. The barn and farmstead were lost in the depression. Old farm tools are shared as part of the presentation.

The public is invited and deserts provided by the Grange members will follow. Hope to see you there, Sue Beukema.

Chester Royal Grange Milkweed Seedball Event

Update: Chester Royal Grange members held a very successful Grange Month activity today hosting a public milkweed seedball rolling event at the Grange Hall. We had 27 people helping make approximately 1500 seedballs for the Milkweed Matters RAGBRAI Initiative. Elizabeth Hill, representing Milkweed Matters, led the workshop and everyone helped roll seedballs.


Join the members of the Chester Royal Grange to roll milkweed seedballs for the 2017 Milkweed Matters RAGBRAI Initiative! We’ll learn about the plight of the Monarch Butterfly, pollinator habitat needs, and what we all can do to help! The seedballs rolled during this workshop will be dried and tossed into the roadsides of the 2017 RAGBRAI route! Join the cause! The event is open to everyone and there is no cost to attend.

The event is Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 2 – 4 pm at the Chester Royal Grange Hall, 3499 20th St, Grinnell. Take Hwy 146 – 3 miles north out of Grinnell to 350th Ave and go west 1 mile to 20th St.

Come join us for a fun and educational afternoon at the Grange Hall!