Michelle Obama Plants Victory Garden


March 29, 2009 by Gsmith

michelleobama-usdaIn 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


3 thoughts on “Michelle Obama Plants Victory Garden

  1. Ron Madson says:

    This is a great example for all of us. This is the synergy that Wendell Berry was talking about in the “Long-Legged House.” When one person such as Michelle starts a community garden, then thousands will replicate across the nation. “A single dream is more powerful that a thousand realities”–Tolkein—as a single garden is more powerful than trillions in bailout money or all of our combined armaments. thanks Gregoire for sharing this post.

  2. Jacob S. says:

    The key is to not make people think they should be planting a garden to save money on produce. It likely won’t. As noted, its really about learning how the earth works, being in awe while watching these plants grow, enjoying the fruits of your labor, etc. We are so removed from production in our country that we forget sometimes how it all works and what is really the basis for our happiness. And it isn’t the ipod.

  3. Ron Madson says:

    Well said! “The second generation removed from the soil will end in corruption” –Brigham Young. We derive our strength spiritually, emotionally and physically from the soil. It binds our families and communities in our opinion. You are right this is not about saving money—I believe it is about saving our souls.

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