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Agriculture for Beginners

Since its first publication "Agriculture for Beginners" has found a welcome in thousands of schools and
homes. Naturally many suggestions as to changes, additions, and other improvements have reached its
authors. Naturally, too, the authors have busied themselves in devising methods to add to the effectiveness of
the book. Some additions have been made almost every year since the book was published. To embody all
these changes and helpful suggestions into a strictly unified volume; to add some further topics and sections;
to bring all farm practices up to the ideals of to-day; to include the most recent teaching of scientific
investigators--these were the objects sought in the thorough revision which has just been given the book. The
authors hope and think that the remaking of the book has added to its usefulness and attractiveness.
They believe now, as they believed before, that there is no line of separation between the science of
agriculture and the practical art of agriculture. They are assured by the success of this book that agriculture is
eminently a teachable subject. They see no difference between teaching the child the fundamental principles
of farming and teaching the same child the fundamental truths of arithmetic, geography, or grammar. They
hold that a youth should be trained for the farm just as carefully as he is trained for any other occupation, and
that it is unreasonable to expect him to succeed without training.
If they are right in these views, the training must begin in the public schools. This is true for two reasons:
1. It is universally admitted that aptitudes are developed, tastes acquired, and life habits formed during the
years that a child is in the public school. Hence, during these important years every child intended for the farm
should be taught to know and love nature, should be led to form habits of observation, and should be required
to begin a study of those great laws upon which agriculture is based. A training like this goes far toward
making his life-work profitable and delightful.
2. Most boys and girls reared on a farm get no educational training except that given in the public schools. If,
then, the truths that unlock the doors of nature are not taught in the public schools, nature and nature's laws
will always be hid in night to a majority of our bread-winners. They must still in ignorance and hopeless
drudgery tear their bread from a reluctant soil.
The authors return hearty thanks to Professor Thomas F. Hunt, University of California; Professor Augustine
D. Selby, Ohio Experiment Station; Professor W. F. Massey, horticulturist and agricultural writer; and
Professor Franklin Sherman, Jr., State Entomologist of North Carolina, for aid in proofreading and in the
preparation of some of the material.

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