Posts Tagged 'Agriculture'

Toensing, McMillan: Hunger no longer affects ‘marginal’ populations

Toensing, McMillan: Hunger no longer affects ‘marginal’ populations

In 1968, CBS Reports showed a documentary called “Hunger in America.” The film illustrated the face of late ’60s poverty: uneducated, unemployed men and women raising skinny-legged kids in run-down shacks. Senior citizens and children were the worst affected. One in 20 Americans at the time struggled with hunger, a figure just above the unemployment rate.

Corn and tomatoes: An education for boys and girls… and more

Corn and tomatoes: An education for boys and girls… and more

Recognize the youngsters and accept that they know stuff. Such is the voice of progressive educator Gary Moore, professor at North Carolina State University and president of the Association for Career and Technical Education.

At 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ, he will give a lecture titled “Suffer the Little Children: How Boys’ Corn Clubs and Girls’ Tomato Clubs Changed Rural America.”

And it really is all about kids, and learning and doing. The early 20th century was in many ways a dismal time for rural America. People were isolated. The work was difficult. There were few recreational activities — even as “leisure time” was something of a buzz phrase for urban, industrialized workers.