Raise: What 4-H Teaches Seven Million Kids and How Its Lessons Could Change Food and Farming Forever
Disturbing and empowering, Kiera Butler’s book Raise: What 4-H Teaches 7 Million Kids & How It’s Lessons Could Change Food & Farming Foreverexplores the origins and assumptions of 4-H, how the organization has changed and stayed the same over its century-plus lifespan, and poses important questions about food policy and the future of agriculture.
4-H began as a way of informing a new generation of cutting-edge agricultural practices, and in many ways, that goal and practice has not changed. In a world where some people honestly think chocolate milk comes from brown cows, 4-H finds itself in a precarious yet powerful position. With its extensive reach and ability to bridge the gap between farmer and consumer, 4-H has a huge potential, not just to reconnect city and urban dwellers with their food supply, but to influence the ever-unfolding story of our food system.
Raise is an on-the-ground story that follows several 4-Hers, explaining the organization’s larger story and the food system in a fair and insightful way. Butler is an engaging narrator, with self-deprecating humor and stories of her “urban turkeys.” She makes a compelling study of the changing landscape of agriculture and the future of food.
University of California Press