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4-H Promotion Compendium: Florida 4-H Club Boys Start Oyster Project

A National Compendium of 4-H Promotion and Visibility over the Past Century

Florida 4-H Club Boys Start Oyster Project

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4-H has always prided itself in being flexible enough to pretty much allow members to carry projects they may be interested in that may not always fit in the "mainstream" of project offerings. This is one of those stories... from over 60 years ago.

Five Florida 4-H Club boys leased an acre of water for the first 4-H oyster project in the nation. The boys, under the leadership of Gorge H. Toepfer, Florida conservation agent, salt water division, and Bay County Agent J. A. Sorenson, signed a lease with the state for one acre of East Bay near Panama City in which they will plant, cultivate and harvest oysters for a potential market.

According to a story in the August 1954 issue of National 4-H News, the lads who are launching the project are: Donnie Wildman, Albert Hogan, Marshall Gore, Fred Waters, and Bobby Seaborn. Mr. Sorenson conceived the idea to interest boys who, like their fisherman fathers, look to the sea rather than the land for a livelihood. They will receive training in all phases of oyster production and enjoy other advantages of being 4-H Club boys.

Compiled by National 4-H History Preservation Team.

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