White House vegetable garden: fall harvest

Source: baltimoresun.com
First lady Michelle Obama and her elementary school team returned to the White House vegetable garden Thursday for the final harvest of the season, and they sent a whole lot of produce to a nearby soup kitchen.

It took the 30 school children from Bancroft Elementary, who have been working with the first lady since the garden was planted in the spring, about a half hour to fill baskets and bowls and at least one wheelbarrow with huge sweet potatoes, carrots, fennel, lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, turnips, eggplant, peppers, tomatillos and greens -- a total of 223 pounds.

Most of the produce is going to Miriam's Kitchen, where Mrs. Obama helped serve lunch earlier this year.

The garden had already produced 740 pounds of food, some of which has been served at White House events. The garden cost about $180 for seeds and seedlings and soil amendments, the White House says.

But more than the pounds of produce, the White House vegetable garden has produced a renewed awareness - in the country and, indeed, the world -- of healthy eating and the pleasures of growing your own food.

I mean, even the Queen of England planted a vegetable garden after America's first lady set the example.


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Comment by Linda Lucas on November 10, 2009 at 9:43pm
All i can say is OMG she has done what no other first lady or president has done and thats plants veges for others.....this is awesome she is indeed an example
Comment by Theresa Dewse on November 4, 2009 at 11:53pm
I am seriously impressed. Having people of this profile demonstrate a commitment to sustainable food practices is a fantastic role model for us all.
Comment by thegardener007 on November 4, 2009 at 10:18pm
She's got my vote. Well her husband does. Oh no hang on, I don't live in the states. Well if I did...

Does anyone know of any examples of Federal, State or Local councils in Australia, or NZ, where they have devoted prominent land like this to growing food? The Australian Federal Parliament House is just begging for it. On the roof.
Comment by Crystal's Garden on November 4, 2009 at 9:45am
GREAT JOB! Good to know they are working to be greener as well.
Comment by Sylvia Lynn Hall on November 4, 2009 at 1:09am
She has set a good example for us all.


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