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Author Butler, Kiera, 1980- author

Title Raise : what 4-H teaches seven million kids and how its lessons could change food and farming forever / Kiera Butler ; with photographs by Rafael Roy
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 205 pages) : illustrations
Contents "I wanted to be a cowgirl" -- Learning by doing -- "I do sheep the way other kids do soccer" -- Bringing up baby -- The big business of 4-H -- "We are praying that DuPont will continue to provide for us" -- Winning champions love root beer -- Grow 'em big -- The Contra Costa County fair -- The Alameda County fair -- "It's in my blood" -- Conclusion: After the fairs
Summary When Kiera Butler visits a county fair for the first time, she is captivated by the white-uniformed members of the 4-H club and their perfectly groomed animals. She sets off on a search for a "real" 4-H'er, a hypothetical wholesome youth whom she imagines wearing cowboy boots and living on a ranch. Along the way, she meets five teenage 4-H'ers from diverse backgrounds and gets to know them as they prepare to compete at the fair. Butler's on-the-ground account of the teens' concerns with their goats, pigs, sheep, proms, and SAT scores is interwoven with a fascinating history of the century-old 4-H club as it solicits corporate donations from top agribusiness firms such as DuPont, Monsanto, and Cargill. Her quest takes her from California's cities and suburbs all the way to Ghana, where she investigates 4-H's unprecedented push to expand its programs in the developing world -- and the corporate partnership that is supporting this expansion. Raise combines vivid accounts from a little-known subculture with a broader analysis of agriculture education today, using 4-H as a lens through which to view the changing landscape of farming in America and the rest of the world
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-205)
Notes Print version record
Subject 4-H clubs -- Public relations.
4-H clubs -- United States.
Agricultural education -- United States.
Corporate sponsorship -- United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Roy, Rafael, photographer
ISBN 0520958985 (electronic bk.)
1322071284 (electronic bk.)
9780520958982 (electronic bk.)
9781322071282 (electronic bk.)
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