Home demonstration work in North Carolina: Leading the way for rural women


  • Daniel Radford
  • Joy Morgan
  • Barbara Kirby
  • Wendy Warner




Canning and home demonstration clubs played an important role in improving agriculture and home life shortly after the turn of the 20th century. Organized in local communities, these clubs for young girls and their mothers provided the opportunity for females to engage in experiential learning through the growth and canning of vegetables. Club work and activities allowed the involved individuals to learn important home life concepts including incorporating more nutritious meals, record keeping, maintaining the family garden, and other duties surrounding the home. In addition, clubs promoted cooperation among various groups, fostered friendships, and provided entrepreneurial opportunities for farm women. Movements such as these increased the demand for agricultural and extension education and many of the strategies developed through these clubs can be implemented in both formal and non-formal education today.


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Radford, D., Morgan, J., Kirby, B., & Warner, W. (2023). Home demonstration work in North Carolina: Leading the way for rural women. Journal of Agricultural Education, 64(2), 30–41. https://doi.org/10.5032/jae.v64i2.107



Journal of Agricultural Education