Tag: 4-H

A Good Hot Meal: Extension and the Struggle for School Lunches

The new school year is beginning, and so, inevitably, are jokes about food fights, mystery meat and ketchup-as-a-vegetable. School cafeterias have been a part of public education for such a long time that it’s easy to take them for granted. But… Read More

Campfire Stories: Florida’s 4-H Camps

Summer’s here, school’s out, and if you’re one of more than 230,000 4-H’ers in Florida, that means four magic words: Cloverleaf, Ocala, Cherry Lake, and Timpoochee. For the uninitiated, those are the names of Florida’s residential 4-H camps. They’re strung across… Read More

100 Years of Extension in Florida

May 8, 2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which established America’s Cooperative Extension Service. Let’s take a brief look back at Extension’s growth and evolution in Florida, year by year.  Before Extension 1862 President Abraham Lincoln… Read More

Project VI: Florida Extension in the Era of Segregation

For its first fifty years, there were two extension services in Florida—one for whites and one for African-Americans. The South had been racially segregated since the 1870s, the end of the reconstruction period following the Civil War. At… Read More