Michelle Obama and Students Start 2012 White House Garden
Matt | On 27, Mar 2012
It’s gardening time around the White House!
First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed 31 students from schools in New York, Iowa, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. to the White House on Monday. Together they planted all kinds of crops for the kitchen garden that has become famous during the Obama presidency.
The White House Kitchen Garden is a cornerstone of the First Lady’s larger push for healthy eating, especially with young people in her “Let’s Move” campaign. She wants to teach them how to plant, harvest, and prepare nutritious foods.
This year’s garden includes spinach, lettuce, radish, bok choy, broccoli, chard, rappini, carrots, onions, mustard seed, and dill. Five varieties of potatoes were also planted for the first time since the garden was started in 2009 — thanks to a heavy lobbying push from the potato industry. (Politics can never be absent from anything).
The planting comes a few weeks ahead of the release of Mrs. Obama’s book titled, “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.” It will be available for purchase on May 29.
All this talk of gardening and food is making me hungry!
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Shout-out to Obama Foodorama for the heads-up on the White House gardening information! Check out the creative information on their blog.