Apparently, I’m not the only one getting ready to start my garden for the spring. First Lady Michelle Obama, who has repeatedly championed organic, local, healthy food, has revealed in the latest issue of O that the Obama’s are “working on a wonderful new garden project.”
Looks like that garden project will be the vegetable garden (hopefully an organic one) that leaders in the sustainable food movement and organizations like Eat the View and TheWhoFarm have been calling for for months.
ABC News’ Ann Compton and Sunlen Miller were told by an anonymous source at The National Park Service that the garden won’t be planted and cared for by its staff that usually handles the White House Grounds. Instead, The White House residence staff will maintain the garden.
The initial reports say that the garden will be on the South grounds near the fountain.
This is quite a victory for those who petitioned the Obamas to plant a victory garden on the White House lawn. One of their primary reasons for asking the president and his wife to do this was to set an example and encourage others to grow their own healthy food.
When interviewed by Oprah, Mrs. Obama said that she and her husband “want the White House to be a place of education and awareness.” It seems as if she understands the influence that the first family’s garden can have. I wonder if seed sales are going to soar even higher than they have been now that the Obamas are about to make vegetable garden even more fashionable.
For another bloggers thoughts on the White House garden, check out Sustainablog.org.
Image: O Magazine
NOTE: While it makes sense that the Obama's garden will probably be organic considering how often the first lady praises organics, no where did I read the garden will be organic. It occurred to me I was making assumptions when I originally wrote they were planting an organic garden.