Sleigh Rides at Northern Star Farm

Hear those sleigh bells ringing? Then you must be near Northern Star Farm in Trappe! It is sleigh ride season, and gift certificates are available. Learn more by visiting:

Holiday Gatheringholly
Thurs., December 15, 6:30 pm

Members and their guests will enjoy a festive evening of fellowship in Trappe. Bring an appetizer to share, along with a gift for the gift exchange. (Hint: bring a gift you’d like to receive!) We may just break out in song with Matthew tickling the ivories.  NS Farm.

This event replaces the 3rd Wed. meeting.

The Farm-City Dinner is Nov. 18th
6:45 pm at Grange Hall

Join us for our annual Farm-City Dinner at Grange Hall, 192 West Main St., in Trappe farm-to-city_logo_webon Friday, November 18, at 6:45 pm. We’ll have our usual fun door prizes prizes, plus our first ever live auction! Come out and enjoy our wonderful speaker, auction, delicious dinner and fellowship. View the flyer.

Guest Speaker: Laura England
“How technology has changed advertising and marketing in the eyes of consumer.”
Laura England is the Director of Agricultural Marketing for the Bureau of Market Development at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
She has also worked at the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association as well as for Land O’Lakes Eastern Operations.
Join us! Price at the door: $22  

October Meeting: Kitchen Composting
Wed., October 19, at 7:00 pmcompost

Here the experiences of a Grange member who’s attempted to reduce kitchen waste and contribute less to landfill methane with Bokashi and worm composting. Open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

 Meeting Wed., Sept. 21, at 7:00 pm

Join us on Aug. 17th, for our monthly meeting along with a planning session for the Farm-City Dinner in November. We’ll also share ideas for events to engage the community and fellow members in the 150th Anniversary of the Grange in America in 2017. As always, there will be fellowship, fun, food and information. All are welcome.

Meeting Wed., Aug. 17, at 7:00 pm
Presentation: Mounted Archery

archer on horsebackOur guest, Jada Landis, a member of 4H Teen Council, did an outstanding presentation on her experience as a mounted archer with CheLee Warriors Mounted Archery  group. She brought a selection of items like arrow quivers, arm protector, bows and gloves. Along with her mother who also competes, Jada told us about her competitions around the country. It was fascinating!  Thank you Jada!!

Montgomery County 4H Fair is Coming in August!
The Montgomery County 4-H Fair is held every year at the Montgomery County 4-H Center the 2nd week in August on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Montgomery County 4-H Fair

The Fair dates for 2016 are:

  • August 11, 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • August 12, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • August 13, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The 4-H Center is located at 1015 Bridge Road, Creamery PA 19426

Annual 4-H Fabric Sale The Fabric Sale is held the 2nd week in August during the 4-H Fair. The Fair dates for 2016 are August 11, 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., August 12, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and August 13, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fabric Sale Donation Information Do you have unwanted fabric or other sewing items? Donate them to the Montgomery County 4-H Program!

Memorial Program on May 18 flowers

Join us for our annual Grange Memorial Service to recognize and remember our members and friends that that have passed on.

Here is a beautiful excerpt written by Bedford Grange #283 Master’s Blog:
One of the hardest things to do in life is to say goodbye. It is even more painful when that is the final goodbye brought on when a loved one passes away. It tears at the fabric of our lives and leaves a hole that can never be repaired. Yet we know that when we remember them, they live on in our hearts. Every year we devote a meeting to remembering those who have gone before us. We remember those who have kept Bedford Grange going for over a century. We call to mind the sacrifices of those who have struggled to keep our country free. We remember those who lost their lives because of evil acts and those who were taken in natural disasters. We place flowers upon our Bible as we call out the names of those who died over the past year and we place flowers to remember all those who have gone on to the “Great Grange Above” where we each receive that welcome plaudit, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

Grange Dues

Norm Hunsberger will be collecting dues at our monthly meeting as follows:

  • $14 – youth member (ages 14-19)
  • $50 – individual
  • $90 – family

View the Grange Dues letter for details on how to mail in your payment. Make your payment made out to “Keystone Grange No. 2”.  Thanks for your support!

Proposed State Budget Cuts Will Defund PSU Cooperative Extension Programs, 4H and Other Ag Programs

Penn State University’s Land Script Fund is set to lose over 50.5 million in state funding as a part of the PA state government budget battle. This loss of funding will cause PSU to begin cutting jobs and programs as early as May 1st. Learn more and get involved to save these important programs!

The PA State Grange has put together two documents that explain what’s at stake with the loss of funding, and a sample script when contacting your State Senator and Representative:

PA State College of Ag Sciences – what’s at stake

Sample Script for calling your State Senator and Representative

Grange Met Last on Tuesday, February 16potato plant

We last met on Tuesday, Feb. 16, because of Lent.
Topic: 4H Youth – Potato Judging
4H youth of Montgomery Co. won a multitude of potato judging ribbons at the PA Farm Show. They had the biggest team from the five counties in attendance. After all, February is not just for sweethearts–it’s also Potato Lover’s Month!

Then check out these recipes. 


 Grange Met on Jan. 20fruit smoothies

Our January program was about healthful eating in the New Year. We were joined by and our guest speaker, Erin McGee, who taught us how to make nutrition-packed smoothies after her talk on senior housing options in Montgomery County.

Matthew Wismer, Farmer & Pianist

Matthew Wismer of Northern Star Farm performs a medley of holiday songs your enjoyment.  Matthew is the Secretary of Keystone Grange No. 2, and our former Grange Master.

From Our Home to Yours ♥ Matthew plays
Matthew Wismer, Farmer & Pianist, plays some holiday favorites for you. Click on his image to play the video. 

Learn more about the Farmer & Pianist here. 

Holiday Gathering on Dec. 16, 2015

hollyMembers are welcome to join us for our annual holiday gathering on Wednesday, December 16, at 6:45 pm at the Wismer Farm on Route 113 in Trappe.

We ask that you bring a small gift for an adult gift exchange, and a small dessert or finger food dish to share.  For any questions, please contact Matthew Wismer at 215-859-7302.

 Farm-City Dinner on Nov. 20, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Join us for the annual Keystone Grange No. 2’s Farm-City Dinner on Friday, Nov. 20, Farm to City_logo_web22015 at 6:45pm in the fellowship hall of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 200 West Main St. in Trappe, PA.

Book: I Did What I Had to Do

James Diamond’s Book

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. James Diamond, former Agricultural Dean at Del Val University, author and world traveler.  Jim’s address entitled “I Did What I Had to Do,” focuses on his Peace Corp experiences in Chad, Africa.

Following the program, Jim will be signing copies of his book on the same subject.

A delicious country style meal will be provided by Hennings Market of Harleysville.  Tickets are available by advanced order at $20.00 per person and $22.00 at the door.  Children 12 and under are $15.00.  To make reservations, contact Julie Bechtel at 484-529-9899, or email

Download the flyer here.

New Officers Announced for Keystone Grange No. 2

Each year we hold an election for officers, and the following members were elected to office. We are very grateful for their service to the Grange and to the community!

Master..Erin Wismer
Overseer..Ashley Wismer
Lecturer..Aprille Weron
Steward.. Janet Hulinger
Assitant steward..Norman Hunsberger
Lady Assistant Steward.. Mary Hulinger
Gatekeeper..Irene Blank
Chaplain..Connie Peck
Secretary..Courtney Palko
Financial Secretary..Norman Hunsberger
Treasurer..Julie Bechtel
Flora..Jane Wismer
Ceres..Lila Bechtel
Pomona..Melody Bowers
Executive Committee.. Kevin McGinnis, Rob Palko, Matthew Wismer
Finance committee.. John Corkum, Joe Kelly, Janet Hullinger

Grange Resolutions Adopted PA Grange Logo

Grange members have a voice in Grange Policy.   Resolutions were adopted at the 2015 State Session and are available for viewing at this link: Grange Resolutions