Rutgers alumnus and retired faculty member Brevoort Conover was a 4-H Youth Development agent during his long career with Rutgers. He was recognized with several distinguished service awards and was inducted into the 4-H National Hall of Fame in 2010. He shared his story with the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement as part of the school’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of its designation as New Jersey’s land grant institution. Tell us your alumni story by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing up on a small dairy and crops farm in rural Hunterdon County during the 1930s and ’40s, I did not see much of the world. Born in 1930 at the family home in Pittstown, our situation was typical of the times. The Great Depression was in full swing, and my Dad was out of work. My parents lived in half of my grandfather’s farm house, relying on wood cut from the forest for heat and vegetables from a large garden which they planted each spring. Milk from Grandpap’s cows each morning as well as eggs from his flock of Leghorn hens helped to keep us fed. By the way, my grandfather is the one for whom I was named.