This weekend, Michelle Obama broke ground with twenty-odd elementary schoolers for the new garden on the White House lawn. After pressure from thousands of farmers and gardeners all over the world, (from groups like Eat The View, mentioned in an earlier post) the Obamas announced their plans for a garden of fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
This will be the first time that food has been grown on the President’s lawn since Elanor Roosevelt planted a victory garden during World War II. White House chefs plan to use the bounty in meals for the first family and for special events. Extra food will be donated to those who need it.
The first family hopes to serve as a role model for the rest of the country by eating their home-grown food, as well as reducing their consumption of processed food.