Life on the farm has always been a challenge, but during the 1920s and 1930s Minnesota's farmers faced even greater odds.
Growing Up Rural
A rural childhood has always had its charms and its drawbacks, but during the Great Depression, farm children had to contend with extraordinary circumstances.
Life on a farm has always meant hard work, with every member of the family expected to pitch in and help. Depression-era farm kids took pride in doing their share.
For many rural Minnesota children growing up in the troubled years of the depression, 4-H Clubs represented opportunities to learn new skills through project work, gain self-confidence through competition, help out on the family farm, and socialize with other children.