“Have You Thanked a Blade of Grass Today?”

Posted on: November 13th, 2015

by Marie Bowers

Since the formation of Oregon Women for Agriculture in 1968, our mission has always been to “Communicate the Story of Today’s Agriculture.” True to our mission around 1972 OWA put their efforts towards making an informational video about the Grass Seed Capital of the World. The result was “Have You Thanked a Blade of Grass Today?”

Charity Bowers, a charter member of OWA who passed in away in 2013, was instrumental in getting the fundraising for “Have You Thanked a Blade of Grass Today?” In her memory, money was donated to the Linn-Benton Chapter of OWA.  The chapter is now in the process of updating and re-creating the informational video.

“Have You Thanked a Blade of Grass Today?” goal was to tell the story of Oregon’s Willamette Valley’s top crop, Grass Seed. In the last 40 years equipment has progressed, practices have changed and the varieties of grass seed grown have been altered slightly. However, as the video states, “…the Valley belongs to grass.”

Thank you to the Oregon Historical Society and their archivist Matthew Cowan for helping the Linn-Benton chapter of Oregon Women for Agriculture moving images and video. Thanks to their help we have a digital file that is in remarkable condition from such a long time ago.

Have You Thanked a Blade of Grass Today?

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