Posts Tagged ‘healthy food’

Kale is Cool!

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Today, 23 fifth graders from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington, D.C. will help MIchelle Obama dig up the new 1,100-square-foot White House vegetable garden. In an interview, the First Lady said she hopes to help make it cool for kids to grow and eat fresh fruits and veggies. The students from the Bancroft school will also help plant and harvest, and they’ll get to cook what they pick with the chefs in the White House kitchen. Of course produce from the patch will also be used for Obama family meals and formal dinners.

The  plot will be located on the South Lawn, in a spot visible from E Street, just below the Obama girls’ new swing set. For now, spring veggies like spinach, snap peas, and lots of lettuce will be growing in the garden. There’s a separate bed for raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries, and others for rhubarb, mint, and kale and collards. Wanna see what else is growing? The New York Times has the scoop, including the complete garden plan and a view via Google Earth.

Let Them Eat Cukes

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

The word is out—there will be a vegetable garden at the White House, overseen by Michelle. Obama Foodorama has the details.

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Growing

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Whaddaya do when the economy is sinking like a stone, and you can’t even fall back on peanut butter sandwiches as a cheap culinary staple without fearing for your family’s safety? According to a new National Gardening Association survey, you grow your own groceries. Among the findings:

• 43 million U.S. households plan to grow their own vegetables, herbs, and fruits in 2009, up 19 percent from last year.

• 21 percent of households said they plan to start a food garden this year.

Among the reasons cited were that home-grown food tastes better (58 percent of those surveyed), it saves money (54 percent), and it’s safer (48 percent).

The NGA announced the findings at the 5th annual Garden Writers Association teleconference last week. A white paper with the details will be available on its website soon.