NC Tomato Club History and Transcribathon

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Red tomato and 4-H logo

In the 1910s, Jane McKimmon’s tomato club movement taught young girls in North Carolina how to grow, can, and sell their own tomatoes, as part of a broader effort to teach rural families more efficient farming methods through an emerging agricultural extension service. The tomato club girls created booklets documenting their experiences, which are preserved in the State Archives of North Carolina and have been digitized and shared online by the NC State University Libraries Special Collections Research Center.
You are invited to participate in a virtual Tomato Club and Transcribathon event on June 3, 2021, from noon to 3 p.m. In the first hour, there will be a conversation about the tomato club movement, Cooperative Extension, and 4-H. After 1 p.m., if you wish, you can participate in transcribing hand-written tomato club booklets into searchable text.