A Garden for the Obamas

It’s a happy day for local foodies: Michelle Obama is going to start a vegetable garden at the White House.  The sustainable food community has been pushing for this since before Barack’s inauguration: symbolically, the garden stands for healthy eating, local food, and freshly prepared meals.  It sounds like those meals will be pretty tasty, too: they’re planting over 55 varieties including cilantro, tomatillos, berries, and many types of greens.  (Yes, including arugula, as NYT points out.)  They’re even starting a beehive!  And most of the first family, including the President, will be helping out with the garden’s care.  One of the coolest things, I think, is the total cost of starting up: $200.  That’s it, for a pretty substantial vegetable garden.  Cost is clearly not an obstacle to healthy eating.  (Labor/time and space are harder to come by for some of us, and the Obamas have those in abundance.)

Michelle says:

“A real delicious heirloom tomato is one of the sweetest things that you’ll ever eat,” she said. “And my children know the difference, and that’s how I’ve been able to get them to try different things.

“I wanted to be able to bring what I learned to a broader base of people. And what better way to do it than to plant a vegetable garden in the South Lawn of the White House.”

Very cool.  Can’t wait to see pictures!

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  1. Elizabeth
    Posted March 25, 2009 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Something interesting– Laura Bush had people growing organic veggies in pots at the white house too, but it was never a big public thing. I’d be willing to bet that wasn’t an accident– do big agriculture and farming lobbies– which are friends of the republican party– want to see the first family encouraging small-scale, homegrown, and organic? no way, jose. but now? an activist first family with principles! go obamas!

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