Way Back When: Nuts to Schoolwork!

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Way Back When: Nuts to Schoolwork!
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Schoolkids were needed to harvest walnuts and beans in the fields and orchards at harvest time (Image: Wikimedia)

By Betsy J. Green

September is harvest time and it was time for the kids in Carpinteria to get to work – picking beans and walnuts back in 1919. “Harvest Closes School in Valley … The Carpinteria school closed Friday for a term of three weeks during the bean and walnut harvest … It is believed that by the help of the Carpinteria pupils and those coming here with their parents from Santa Barbara that both beans and walnuts will be harvested on schedule time.”


Betsy's Way Back When book -- 1918 -- is now available in local bookstores and at Amazon.com. This is the fifth book in her series of the history of Santa Barbara, one year at a time. Learn more at betsyjgreen.com​

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a-1571226364 Sep 21, 2019 10:50 AM
Way Back When: Nuts to Schoolwork!

I think that's awesome and wish we still did something like it to teach our kids to work together as a community for something. Our kids have become soft and selfish compared to kids back then. My kids included!

Flicka Sep 21, 2019 09:40 AM
Way Back When: Nuts to Schoolwork!

Thanks, Betsy. Letting kids out for harvest was fairly common in rural/farm communities in the U.S. Basically, the children learn about the need for working hard in this life.

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