This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
An address by Professor W. J. Beal. Among the many useful labors of Professor Beal, this is by no means the least. One may be at no difficulty in reaching the conclusion after reading this pamphlet, that if these colleges are useless as it is sometimes urged, it is rather because of bad management than that there is anything wrong in the plan. While many have been comparative failures, there are numbers that are among the most popular institutions in their several states. It has been urged against some of them that the students do not return to farming after an education there. But we could never see the force of this objection. An education in an institution having especial regard to agriculture, sends a knowledge of the needs and advantages of agriculture through the community, though not one student returns to the farm, and this widespread distribution of agricultural knowledge is in itself a great gain. The Michigan College, however, does send many back to the farm. Of 212 who have graduated there, 86 became farmers, and many more embraced pursuits having relation to the cultivation of the soil.