The purpose of the Burke’s Garden Homemaker’s Club is to offer educational programs and to promote Burke’s Garden with items that showcase its beauty. Membership consists of women who regularly attend meetings. Anyone is welcome to join.
The Club holds regular monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. When necessary, the meeting date can be changed if approved by the membership. Please call 276-472-2311 for additional information.
The Burke’s Garden Homemaker’s Club was organized as a tomato canning club in 1921, with the original purpose to teach local farmers’ wives the new technique of canning acid produce. Years later, the Club’s name was changed to the Burke’s Garden Homemaker’s Extension Club. They continued to meet and receive educational programs from the Extension Service headquartered at Virginia Tech. Over the years, programs on safety, food processing, health, music, arts and gardening instructions have been presented. This information was also used in the course studies at the local elementary school and high school in the valley until closing in 1961.
Today the Club has evolved into a group of ladies offering a wide variety of educational programs. Some activities involve providing products that showcase Burke’s Garden’s beauty. The Club also includes other family members at several of its events and is constantly reaching out to include everyone in the community.