National Geographic : 1916 Jan
Photograph from U. S . Department of Agriculture JERRY MOORE, OF FLORENCE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA Jerry is a twentieth century farmer. South Carolina soil returned him 2283/ bushels of corn to the acre. TEACHING THE YOUNG IDEA IHOW TO "SHOOT" GOOD CROPS But probably more significant even than the work among the farmers them selves, has been the work among the boys and girls. Sixty thousand boys and fifty thousand girls were enrolled in club work in the Southern States last year. Many of the boys were organized into clubs to raise pigs and poultry, others into clubs for demonstrating the advan tage of four-crop rotation in southern farming, and still others into clubs for the growing of winter legumes for soil improvement. Girls were taught to make house gardens and to preserve for home use the garden products as well as the waste fruits and vegetables of the entire farm. In the north and northwestern States I50,000 boys and girls were enrolled, the leading club projects being the growing of corn and potatoes and garden and canning work. The success that has followed these activities has been wonderful, demon- strating to the farmers that their children can accomplish marvels of which they never dreamed. Ten girls in Mississippi produced 27,850 pounds of tomatoes on ten one-tenth-of-an-acre plots. They were working as a team for a prize given by Kentucky business men. The value of their tomatoes was $1,179, and the profits on their joint plots-together only one acre in extent-amounted to $868. Ten boys in Alabama averaged 171 bushels of corn to the acre. The people in their several communities no longer have a contempt for the farming experts of the Department of Agriculture. Here tofore they have always urged that'with the money of Uncle Sam to spend it was but natural that large yields could be gotten, but that the average farmer could not afford to duplicate these methods. The boys and girls who have taken part in these contests have given such an ef fective answer to these contentions that even the inertia of the indifferent farmer has been overcome. Many other kinds of club work is being done.