Rural Youth launches From Calf Clubs to Field Days at Agfest

SOCIAL HISTORY: More than 70 years of history has been documented in Rural Youth's book From Calf Clubs to Field Days – A History of Junior Farmers and Rural Youth in Tasmania. Picture: Supplied
SOCIAL HISTORY: More than 70 years of history has been documented in Rural Youth's book From Calf Clubs to Field Days – A History of Junior Farmers and Rural Youth in Tasmania. Picture: Supplied

It may have been 10 years in the writing, but Rural Youth’s book From Calf Clubs to Field Days documents 70 years of the organisation’s social history.

The book, which will be launched at Agfest next month, tells how the Calf Clubs organisation from the 1930s became Junior Farmers and then Rural Youth by the 1950s.

Rural Youth life member Darryl Barker said the organisation started documenting the lives of prominent members after past state president Graeme Tole’s death in 2004.

“We wanted to start recording the history and personalities for the clubs,” Mr Barker said.

“We started writing [in 2008]. The project was huge,” he said.

From Calf Clubs to Field Days is a 350-page book that details the stories, camaraderie, experiences and leadership opportunities that led to Agfest Field Days and, eventually, financial independence for Rural Youth.

Visit the Rural Youth Feature on the corner of Main Street and Ninth Avenue at Agfest to buy your copy or for more information.