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Contributing Author: Ashley Nettleton
Published: October 11, 2013
In the late 1800s, researchers found that adults in farming communities were not receptive to innovation, but that youth often embraced these new ideas and readily shared this information with adults. In 1902, to help educate adults, schoolmaster A. B. Graham started a rural youth program, called “The Tomato Club” in Clark County, Ohio. Similar groups sprouted up and started to call themselves 4-H clubs; by 1914, a national 4-H organization was officially created. Today, in addition to farming, 4-H members also address our nation’s biggest issues: sustainable energy, childhood obesity, and climate change.