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Bulletin of the U.SDepartment of Agriculture . poultry flocks, 74 cows,and 62 hogs. It is felt that the number of records of each enterpriseis sufficient to arrive at a fair average of actual conditions. Some ofthe families fed their stock at a loss and others had poor returnsfrom their gardens. The data thus represent the result of poormanagement as well as of good. 4 BULLETIN 602, U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. The operatives are almost exclusively native people of the South.Many of them were formerly farmers in western North Carolina andSouth Carolina who were drawn to the mills by the st

Bulletin of the U.SDepartment of Agriculture . poultry flocks, 74 cows,and 62 hogs. It is felt that the number of records of each enterpriseis sufficient to arrive at a fair average of actual conditions. Some ofthe families fed their stock at a loss and others had poor returnsfrom their gardens. The data thus represent the result of poormanagement as well as of good. 4 BULLETIN 602, U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. The operatives are almost exclusively native people of the South.Many of them were formerly farmers in western North Carolina andSouth Carolina who were drawn to the mills by the st Stock Photo
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Bulletin of the U.SDepartment of Agriculture . poultry flocks, 74 cows,and 62 hogs. It is felt that the number of records of each enterpriseis sufficient to arrive at a fair average of actual conditions. Some ofthe families fed their stock at a loss and others had poor returnsfrom their gardens. The data thus represent the result of poormanagement as well as of good. 4 BULLETIN 602, U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. The operatives are almost exclusively native people of the South.Many of them were formerly farmers in western North Carolina andSouth Carolina who were drawn to the mills by the steady occupa-tion they offered to the whole family. Their farming experiencenaturally aids them in the village gardening and in the proper feed-ing and care of the live stock. THE GARDEN. The most important of the small enterprises conducted on the lotsis the garden. It furnishes throughout the summer a great varietyof food which can be gathered fresh each day. With proper careand planning, a garden of average size in the regions studied will. Fig. 1.—Comparison of the average value of vegetables raised on 548 gardens.The average size of these gardens Is 723 square yards, or about one-seventhof an acre. furnish fresh vegetables for six months during the year, and evenlonger if winter gardens are planted. The average value of vegetables raised on the gardens visited was$29.87 (see fig. 1). This includes returns from some very poorgardens and some very good ones. In one of the villages, for in-stance, where a large number of families were visited, one-third ofthe gardens produced vegetables to the average value of $48, and VALUE OF A SMALL PLOT OF GROUND. 5 the other two-thirds produced on the average only $16 worth. Theaverage good garden was only one-tenth larger in area and cost onlyone dollar more for labor, fertilizer, and seed than the average poorone. SIZE OF GARDENS. The average area devoted to gardens by all families visited is 723square yards, or 0.15 of an acre. This

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