Making the Modern Grange
SHED founders Cindy Daniel and Doug Lipton moved to Healdsburg in 1996 and became part of a growing community of sustainable farmers, wine makers, and food producers. The period brought a sea change of environmental awareness and some welcome economic growth to the region, yet they could see that the essential connection between the land, its cultivation, and the vitality of their community remained intangible to many people. In envisioning the modern grange, Daniel and Lipton sought to create a place where the beauty and aliveness of the complete food cycle—the growing, preparing, and enjoying of food—would become visible, revealing and reinforcing the path from farm to table. They found inspiration in the words of Wendell Berry. "An agrarian mind begins with the love of the fields and ramifies in good farming, good cooking, and good eating."