Yes, We Can

Nat’l Geo 11/48

What festive autumn colors! Sixteen-year-old Jacqueline LaVigne, aka Miss Vermont, took part in several 4-H canning projects, using tomatoes from her Essex Center garden. Check out that plastic apron!

This beauty had her hands full at the State Fair in Indianapolis. She was one of the 1,760,000 boys and girls taking part in 4-H Clubs in 1948. During WWII, 4-H club members canned 74 MILLION quarts of food. 

But it wasn’t only 4-H members canning. Home canning reached its peak in 1943, with over 4.1 billion jars canned in homes and community canning centers (Bentley, 1998).

11 thoughts on “Yes, We Can

  1. My uncle and aunt’s family received the Douglas County 4-H Family of the Year award in 1977 and the Kansas 4-H Family of the Year award in 1982. My grandmother used to do a lot of canning. But it’s kind of a lost art these days, and I don’t always trust the canners to sterilize the containers and do all the preparation safely.

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  2. I used to do a lot of canning as a child and in my youth, primarily with my grandfather. Now I only tend to do so when I have done something like buying an entire palette of tomatoes. I would probably do more if I grew my own fruit and veg but I am brown-thumbed so that doesn’t happen. Canning is probably a dying skill.

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  3. Not to toot my own horn, but, I think I have a prize winning Strawberry Rhubarb pie filling recipe. I have always wanted to enter a pie in the local Tri-County Fair, but cannot bring myself to waste a whole 2 pints on a pie that wont even be eaten!
    Interesting bit about Miss LaVigne!
    Thank you

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