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February 19, 2009

2009 marks 100 years of 4-H

Human 4-H clover
4-H'ers at State Congress marked the Centennial creating a human clover at Carter-Finley Stadium. (Mark Dearmon photo)

It all began in 1909 in Hertford County with the first official “corn club.” That’s the year North Carolina A&M College (now N.C. State University) became the first land-grant college in the nation to enter into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct farm demonstrations — presentations of new agricultural techniques and ideas. The agreement specified that demonstrations were also to be presented to “organized clubs of farmers’ boys,” according to Memories of 4-H by L.R. Harrill.

From these beginnings, Harrill says “the 4-H movement” grew out of the corn clubs for boys and canning clubs for girls. But within a few years, the girls joined the boys in the corn and pig clubs and in 4-H events, showing off their best produce and animals.

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Posted by Natalie at February 19, 2009 08:45 AM