Canning Through the World Wars

World War I

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(The Home Demonstration Agent, 1951)


Home demonstration agents played a significant role in spreading and supporting home canning initiatives across the country throughout World War I and later, World War II.


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(Farrell, 1926)

The enrollment for 1914 was 33,173. Of these Club members 7,793 put up 9,091,237 pounds of tomatoes and other vegetables from their tenth acre gardens. These products were put into 1,918,024 cans, jars, and other containers.

--Martin, O. B. & Creswell, M. E. (1915). Canning club work and home demonstration work.  United States Department of Agriculture Bureau of Plant Industry. Retrieved from

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(Farrell, 1926)