The question has arisen in the minds of many: Is it advisable to direct the energies of the Jews into a new channel of activity: agriculture? The agricultural situation in this country justifies our philanthropic efforts towards opening to the Jews new fields of employment and new means of earning a healthful living through the pursuit of farming. For the general Jewish welfare we must certainly have a farming population, as we will stand better with our neighbors when we are able to point out that the agricultural industries are taken up by us as a life vocation.
From an economic standpoint, farming, as a new Jewish trade, is not only advisable, but is an absolute necessity. None of the present schools meet fully the Jewish needs. In order to enable the Americanized and the immigrant Jewish lads to take advantage of the educational facilities offered by the State colleges and secondary agricultural schools, preparatory Jewish agricultural schools should be established where they can learn that which the farmers' boys learn at home, namely, the farm operations and farm life.
In Proceedings of the 4th National Conference of Jewish Charities, 1906, Kohn & Pollock, Inc.