Posts Tagged ‘organic garden’

Michelle Obama, Locavore-in-Chief?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

On Friday, I bemoaned the fact that Michelle Obama missed an opportunity to promote healthy fresh foods when she appeared at the USDA, which had just announced a plan to create community gardens at its facilities worldwide, bearing a magnolia seedling instead of a tiny apple tree or other edible plant. But on Sunday, according to Marian Burros of the New York Times, the First Lady put in a plug for local and sustainable food and for healthy eating during a tour of the White House kitchen:

When food is grown locally, she said, “oftentimes it tastes really good, and when you’re dealing with kids, you want to get them to try that carrot.”

“If it tastes like a real carrot, and it’s really sweet, they’re going to think that it’s a piece of candy,” she continued. “So my kids are more inclined to try different vegetables if they are fresh and local and delicious.”

Now she should get that organic garden growing on the White House grounds…

Happy White House!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Well, the results are in. Everyone who voted in the Great White House Garden Makeover Contest thinks Michelle, Barack, Malia, and Sasha should have an organic vegetable garden. It’s not too late to sign The White House Organic Farm Project’s online petition calling on the 44th President to oversee the planting of an organic farm on the grounds of the nation’s First Home.