As the 2016 presidential election draws closer, the campaign seems to be getting nastier and nastier. But let’s forget about all that for a bit, shall we? And talk about something more positive that has happened in Washington lately.
On the South Lawn of the White House last week, First Lady Michelle Obama joined a group of school children for what no doubt will be her last harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden, at least as a resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Bearing fresh-picked greens and her signature wide smile, Mrs. Obama also announced plans for the continuation of the garden she created seven years ago, regardless of who takes office next January.
Thanks to a $2.5 million grant from Burpee, the White House Kitchen Garden will be funded for at least the next 17 years, the first lady said, and it will continue to be maintained by the U.S National Park Service.
Groundbreaking in 2009/White House photo
Planted in 2009, the White House Kitchen Garden helped promote Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to end childhood obesity. Over the years, it also produced food for White House meals, state dinners and even local hunger programs. It was the subject of a 2012 book by Michelle Obama, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. And it has no doubt inspired many other Americans to grow vegetables in their own backyards. (more…)