George became fascinated by plants and was soon experimenting with natural pesticides, fungicides and soil conditioners.
Local farmers began to call George “the plant doctor,” as he was able to tell them how to improve the health of their garden plants.
Carver heard the complaints and retired to his laboratory for a solid week, during which he developed several new products that could be produced from peanuts.
When he introduced these products to the public in a series of simple brochures, the market for peanuts skyrocketed.
In 1888, George enrolled as the first black student at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.
He began studying art and piano, expecting to earn a teaching degree.When he was about 13 years old, he left the farm to move to Ft.Scott, Kan., but he later moved to Minneapolis, Kan., to attend high school.His professors were so impressed by his work on the fungal infections common to soybean plants that he was asked to remain as part of the faculty to work on his master’s degree (awarded in 1896).Working as director of the Iowa State Experimental Station, Carver discovered two types of fungi, which were subsequently named for him. His exact birth date is unknown because he was born a slave on the farm of Moses Carver in Diamond, Missouri.Very little is known about George’s father, who may have been a field hand named Giles who was killed in a farming accident before George was born.George’s mother was named Mary; he had several sisters, and a brother named James.When George was only a few weeks old, Confederate raiders invaded the farm, kidnapping George, his mother and sister.“I cannot offer you money, position or fame,” read this letter. The last from the position you now occupy you will no doubt achieve. I offer you in their place: work – hard work, the task of bringing people from degradation, poverty and waste to full manhood.Your department exists only on paper and your laboratory will have to be in your head.” Washington’s offer was 5.00 per month (a substantial cut from Carver’s Iowa State salary) and the luxury of two rooms for living quarters (most Tuskegee faculty members had just one).