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White House, Green Garden

The first family brings back the victory garden concept to Pennsylvania Avenue.

03/20/2009

Michelle Obama and a group of elementary school students created an 1,100-square-foot garden to plant herbs and vegetables
Since before the presidential elections last year, local-food proponents had been requesting an organic garden be installed on the White House lawn.

On March 20, the Obamas took the first steps to planting a vegetable garden on the South Lawn—the first vegetable garden to grace the White House landscape since Eleanor Roosevelt’s World War II victory garden.

Michelle Obama and a group of elementary school students broke ground on this garden, readying an 1,100-square-foot plot of land to take on herbs and vegetables that will grace the table of dignitaries.

The Obamas, it seems, are becoming hobby farmers in their own right, and they plan to keep the local elementary school children involved in gardening, harvesting and cooking the produce throughout the year.

"This is a big day. We've been talking about it since the day we moved in," said Michelle Obama on the White House’s official blog.

According to the Associated Press, among the edible varieties in the garden will be spinach, broccoli, lettuce, kale, collard greens, herbs and berries.

There will also be a beehive, from which Michelle Obama hopes they can make honey. The produce harvested will be served at White House functions, family dinners and local soup kitchens.

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not sure i would want any veggies from there since Bill Clinton had a system installed that fertilizes the White house lawn with the Black water from the house
J, A, MO
Posted: 5/6/2013 6:09:51 AM
I wish I could plant a garden. But I am an apartment dweller with a few edible container plants. I think its great they involve the elementary kids.
Amanda, Carbondale, CO
Posted: 10/13/2009 3:13:39 PM
a great idea they need to be doing and showing the people what is good for us all raising your own food is health for us
Garry, Crossville, TN
Posted: 5/11/2009 9:28:17 PM
I think that there are on the right track about gardeing and final a President that cares about what he eats and where it comes from.
Nick, chalfont, PA
Posted: 3/26/2009 12:32:17 PM
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