"In the girls clubs new members grew tomatoes only. During the second year they divide their gardens in half and grow tomatoes and a few other crops. The third year they have more crops. “Some of the combinations are tomatoes, beans and beets and tomatoes, peppers and okra. After these have been mastered the girls begin to fill their gardens with perennial vegetables and fruits. In this way, by the time a club girl is ready for high school or college she will have started a permanent garden or orchard. “In practically every club it has been noticed that some of the parents and neighbors of the members invariably adopt the methods of the boys in their various projects. The yields and profits that the boys obtain are the best possible demonstration of the value of their methods. It has been said, for example, that a single corn club boy in one community did more for sound corn culture in his county than five years of public lecturing could have accomplished. “In the same way the success of the girls with their canned products has paved the way for women county agents to demonstrate simple useful lessons in cooking to the mothers. “The new movement of organizing mother-daughter home canning clubs in the north and west is an outgrowth and extension of the work already done by the girls’ canning clubs. The club project is confined entirely to the canning of fruits and vegetables, and these may be grown by the club members—the mother-daughter team—or by some one else and purchased for canning purposes.”
The Democratic Banner
"Houston Extols Children's Clubs Aid Young People to Become More Efficient and Contented Growing in All Sections" (1915). Newspaper Articles. Paper 93.