March 29, 2009 by Gsmith
In an age when most of what we eat is pre-processed, genetically modified and fortified with questionable chemicals, any news that our leaders might be attempting to bring us back to a healthier lifestyle is welcome.
The New York Times reports that the First Lady of the United States is having a patch of the south lawn tilled to make room for a vegetable garden. Maybe it’s a symbolic gesture, but I think it reflects a repressed desire for North Americans (historically farmers) to return to their “roots”.
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama will begin digging up a patch of the South Lawn on Friday to plant a vegetable garden, the first at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden in World War II. There will be no beets — the president does not like them — but arugula will make the cut.
While the organic garden will provide food for the first family’s meals and formal dinners, its most important role, Mrs. Obama said, will be to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruit and vegetables at a time when obesity and diabetes have become a national concern.
“My hope,” the first lady said in an interview in her East Wing office, “is that through children, they will begin to educate their families and that will, in turn, begin to educate our communities.”
Twenty-three fifth graders from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington will help her dig up the soil for the 1,100-square-foot plot, in a spot visible to passers-by on E Street. (It is just below the Obama girls’ swing set.)
Much more here: New York Times: Obamas to Plant Vegetable Garden at White House
Another brief but interesting write-up by Alix Wall at: The Jew and The Carrot: Move Over Rose Garden