by Ernest Thompson Seton
( Kitigeurin )
The Degree of Farmer may be conferred on any one who takes ten of these tests
1. Explain the nature of soil, its texture and need of water and air.
2. State how to decide what fertilizer is needed in given soil.
3. Plow, harrow and seed down two acres of land,
4. Weed and harvest two acres of land.
5. Cut, make and harvest five acres of hay.
6. Make a seed tester and test the germination of three kinds of crop seeds, one
hundred seeds of each kind. "Ragbaby" tester for corn.
7. Identify ten common weeds and tell how to get rid of them.
8. Identify ten bad bugs and tell what they do and how to get rid of them.
9. Have inoculated seeds of clovers, cowpeas, etc., and grown demonstration strips and
compare the increase of nodules on roots of inoculated plants.
10. Do all the work in a successful flower, or fruit and vegetable garden, not less
than twenty feet by twenty feet.
11. Raise half a dozen each of five of the following plants: cucumber, tomato, egg
plant, pumpkin, melon, pepper, cabbage, cauliflower, celery.
12. Have four window boxes, at least 24 x 8 inches, or equivalent, of successful
growing plants, planted and cared for by self, for four months.
13. Make a garden calendar, stating the order of bloom, so that from April to September
there is a flower for each week.
14. Have a successful perennial vegetable garden-rhubarb, asparagus, mint, horseradish,
15. Send a bouquet a week to hospital or "shut-in" or Flower Guild, from own
flower-beds for six months.
16. Keep a garden in good shape, clean and trim all summer.
For "How To" Information, See: The
Birch Bark Roll