It’s hardly a surprise, but yesterday when I wrote about the White House vegetable garden, I wasn’t willing to call it an ‘organic’ garden until I heard it from a reputable source. I’ll take the first lady herself as a reputable source.

The New York Times reports that Michelle Obama gave an interview in her office yesterday where she told reporters that the organic garden will be used for White House meals, but the garden will have a larger purpose, too.

Its most important role, Mrs. Obama said, will be to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruit and vegetables at time when obesity has become a national concern.

In an interview in her office, Mrs. Obama said, “My hope is that through children, they will begin to educate their families and that will, in turn, begin to educate our communities.”

The education of the children will start when 23 fifth graders from a local Washington school will help the first lady, the president and their daughters dig the plot for the garden. Yes, the first family will be getting their hands dirty.

There will be 55 varieties including vegetables, various herbs, berries and even two bee hives for honey. If you'd like a sneak peak at the layout, you can head over to where there is what they say is a map of what will be planted where. Yum, they're planting rhubarb.

It will all be overseen by Sam Kass, an assistant White House chef. Back in January, when I reported that the Obamas had brought on local food supporter Kass, their personal chef in Chicago, I wondered if it meant that a White House garden was in the works.

Now we know. There will be an organic vegetable garden on the lawn of the White House. It’s meant to inspire others to get interested in locally grown fruits and vegetables.

I think it will inspire others to get interested. I know I’m inspired. How about you? 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Yes, White House garden will be organic
The first lady confirms that the vegetable garden on the White House lawn will be organic.