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George Washington Carver was born into slavery in the southern United States.
He was a frail and sickly child, who was not asked to perform heavy labor in the fields.
Instead, George was raised by the family who owned his farm, and spent his time learning reading, writing, and exploring nature.
He learned so much about plants and agriculture from keeping his own garden that the people on the farm called him the “plant doctor”.
George wanted badly to attend school, and although the 13th amendment abolished slavery, most schools still didn’t allow black children to attend.
George worked hard for many years saving up enough money to go to school, and eventually he found a college that would accept him.
After getting a college masters degree, he went to work as a professor at an all-black college in Alabama.
At the college he taught and experimented with peanuts, soybeans, and agricultural problems.
Here’s a short biography video.
Throughout his lifetime, Carver found more than 300 uses for the peanut plant, including peanut butter,
shampoo, glue, and even chili sauce!
Maybe something you eat everyday, peanut butter has a seemingly unlimited amount of uses just by itself.
Here’s a few.
The soybean is now a major part of the foods we eat today,
George Washington Carver found hundreds of uses for this plant in food, cosmetics, and even durable plastics.
Surprisingly enough, Henry Ford even used some of George Washington Carver’s advice and used soybeans for his cars.
Crop rotation was thought of by George Washington Carver when he noticed that the soil lost it’s nutrients over time when the same crop was planted there year after year.
This rotation also helps avoid diseases left in the soil from plants the year before.
This video shows you how to rotate crops in your own garden!
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