George Washington Carver is known largely for his work with the peanut. He developed hundreds of different uses for it including peanut butter; but he did so much more to grow agricultural education as Susan Grigsby writes about in her book, In the Garden with Dr. Carver. Click below to listen to our conversation. (RT: 5:50)
Susan Grigsby teaches creative writing in K-12 schools, museums, and nature centers. A nationally published poet, “In the Garden with Dr. Carver” is her first picture book.
While doing research for a teaching project at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Carver Garden, she felt like she’d discovered a mentor in Dr. Carver – someone who cared deeply about teaching children to ‘listen” to the plants and to see how everything in nature is connected. Dr. Carver dedicated his life to exploring the ways in which people can make the most of what nature offers, while caring for the earth and wasting nothing.
Her teacher’s guide for “In the Garden with Dr. Carver” was inspired by similar guides that Dr. Carver began writing for teachers over one hundred years ago. It features ways to integrate the study of nature and agricultural science with math, science, language arts, and social studies. It even includes a link to some of Dr. Carver’s recipes, archived by the National Historic Site in Tuskegee, such as Mock Chicken made from peanuts and sweet potatoes! Susan is looking forward to her first harvest of sweet potatoes this fall.
Susan will be one of the readers for the St. Louis Poetry Center in the Authors Tent at THE BIG READ in Clayton, MO, October 9th, from noon – 1 p.m.