Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Obamas Eat The View!

You may remember when I posted back in January about This website and online petition urged the Obamas to plant a Victory Garden on the White House lawn. In doing so, encouraging eating locally, fresh, homegrown & organic food. (not trucked in from thousands of miles away!)

Well it looks like the petition worked!

From The Washington Post: (click link for complete story)

Today, first lady Michelle Obama will host a groundbreaking for a White House kitchen garden on the South Lawn. She will be joined by students from Bancroft Elementary in Northwest Washington, , whose participation in the project will continue past today, as they help with planting in the coming weeks and harvesting later this year.

The 1,100-square-foot garden will include 55 kinds of vegetables, including peppers, spinach and, yes, arugula. (The selection is a wish list put together by White House chefs.) There will also be berries, herbs and two hives for honey that will be tended by a White House carpenter who is also a beekeeper. The chefs will use the produce to feed the first family, as well as for state dinners and other official events.

The White House will use organic seedlings, as well as organic fertilizers and organic insect repellents. The garden will be near the tennis courts and be visible to passersby on the street. The whole Obama family will be involved in tending the garden, White House spokeswoman Katie McCormick Lelyveld said.

How neat this is!! I hope they really make a big deal out of this and become an example to millions of people across the country in growing & eating locally and sustainably!


Karley Ziegler Mott said...

When I saw this on the news, I was so excited!

I do NOT have a green thumb, but try to plan veggies and at least some pretty flowers every year. I do grow lavender to use in some of my products, but we're going to do lots of herbs and all sorts of veggies so we know exactly what is in what we eat. I am really excited about doing so.

I am even more excited that by the Obamas doing this, that many others will be inspired! An 1100 square foot garden--how nice!

Christine said...

I would love 1100 Sq Feet of garden! I hope others will be inspired too. This is just so very neat!

If you can grow lavender you can grow just about any herb!

I think growing some of your own food (even just a tomato plant) has so many benefits beyond just the actual tomato. And I'm all about kids seeing how/where food is grown!

The Fine Art of Motherhood said...

I just read a little about this in the article in Oprah's magazine - I thought of you and your post - very cool!