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[34] > Image [34] of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, 1916-19-dec12.

Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

in the Blue Grass country. There were 1200 girls in Canning Clubs, being divided into one hundred and forty-four (144) clubs. These were taught by the women agents, and they canned two hundred and twenty-six thousand (226,000) cans of tomatoes and other vegetables and fruits. These cans were worth, and were sold readily, when sold at all, at fifteen cents each, but they were mostly kept in the homes as additions to the usual menu. All of these cans could have been sold readily on the market, the demand being much greater than the supply. The girls' clubs were also taught plain sewing, home economy and sanitation, and the local support of these clubs in the communities where they existed has been double that of any previous year. No one not in close touch with this work can appreciate its magnitude or its importance. One of the Principal objects of the Extension Work is home building; to make comfortable and beautify the homes of the men whose lves are isolated on the farm. This means sanitation, wholesome food, wholesomely cooked and delicately served. It means music and flowers, books and telephones and/all the gifts of science that are with- in the reach of the city man, shall also come into the home and life gf tj.e Ater man. But. this can only be done by 3.2 12 , maning moner and eqccatitg educating/ nis wite ani laugnter in te way to spen it so as to bring the maximum amount of elegance, culture and health to the country home. I have spoken more particularly of the Agricultural side of the University than of any other. This is because scienti- fic education in Agriculture has been so woefully neglected in the past by the farmers of the State. The great mission then of the Agricultural Colleg.e is to consider the condition of the farmer, to educate his children and to imbue them with the love for the farm and a Just appreciation of the nobility of agriculture as a vocation; to solve all the nroblems which need solution, to restore the fertility of the depleted soil; to find for him a market for his produce; to teach him the nlue and-philosophy of cooperating with his neighbors for the mutual benefit of the whole com- munity; to banish preventable disease from his family and his stock; to unloose from his throat the grasp of monopoly and unlawful combinations by whatever name called; to banish sloth and poverty and all unnecessary toil and to fix the bow of hope on the horizon of prosperity. This view in no wise loses sight of the value of cultural education or in any way minimizes it: it rather rounds out and illumines the rural life by clasping the hand of academic culture in that of agri- cultural success. In this connection, I desire to say that our Extension Work brings us in very close touch with the Farmers' Union, whose President is a graduate of our Agricultural College, also a post graduate in Agriculture in the University of Wisconsin and who has taught Agriculture and Agricultural