Celebrating Black History Month with the father of organic agricultural science

George Washington Carver

Black Leonardo (…)

The greatest Negro scientist alive”

“The greatest scientist alive”.

George Washington Carver as a young boy
  • People who believed in his potential;
  • Role models that gave him his sense of purpose.

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom”.

George Washington Carver’s painting

“Diversity is having a seat at the table; inclusion is having a voice and belonging is having that voice be heard”.

Mrs. Sophia Liston (right) and Family
George Washington Carver at Iowa State College
Booker T Washington

“You must learn all you can, then go back out into the world and give your learning back to the people”

Mrs. Mariah Watkins
Black Cotton Farming family in 1890s
  • Over-reliance on cotton, the region’s main crop
  • Decades of sharecropping system leading to poor, eroded soils
  • Simple tools, and outdated techniques

“Whenever the soil is rich, the people flourish, physically and economically. Whenever the soil is wasted, the people are wasted.”

  • crop rotation to improve cotton yield and give farmers alternative cash crops.
  • that, what others would merely regard as weeds, could be edible plants
  • acorns and wines could become food for their animals.
  • wild fruits could be canned and preserved.
  • fertilizer could be created from waste.
  • the value of planting soil restoring crops such as sweet potatoes, peanuts, soy beans, cowpeas and even published recipes to use them.

“My work was the one of conservation”

A master of science communication

The Jessop wagon
Franklin D. Roosevelt greeting George Washington Carver in 1936




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Dr. Audrey-Flore Ngomsik

Dr. Audrey-Flore Ngomsik

Co-Fonder of Trianon Scientific Communication. Expert in Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable Development for profitability— www.science-by-trianon.com