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A Garden for the White House!

Posted Mar 24 2009 12:00am

This past Friday, March 20th, Mrs. Obama picked up her shovel and broke ground at the new “kitchen garden” for the White House. This will be the first functioning White House garden since Eleanor Roosevelt’s “victory garden” planted in World War II.

Mrs. Obama breaking ground

She was assisted by children from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington in the ground breaking, and they will continue to assist with the planting, harvesting, and cooking of the fresh fruits and veggies as part of an ongoing school project. Apparently, as Mrs. Obama led the children in a fruits and veggies “hoorah,” someone from the crowd had the nerve to boo (Really? Who boos at fruits & veggies?!). Mrs. Obama promptly put him in his place by threatening to take away his shovel-shaped cookie and juice box (the children’s mid-afternoon gardening snack). Go Mrs. O!

Kudos to Mrs. Obama for setting a good example for others! And looking oh-so fashion-forward as she does it, I might add. Hopefully this will be just one more step forward to a healthier America. I love that she’s promoting locally and self-grown produce as well.

Having your own garden can be an extremely rewarding experience, both physically, and for your tummy! I used to be my mom’s little gardening sidekick when I was younger and absolutely loved the time I got to spend with her in the sun and dirt. Now that I’m all grown up (ha!), I’m going to be trying my hand at my own garden! I’ve signed up to slave away in the hot sun and mud in the Fenway Victory Gardens this summer. I find out where my plot is on April 1st, and will start planting from there. Anyone have any tips/advice on what I should plant? Of course I’m gonna go vegetable crazy, but I’d like some flowers as well and would love to hear your input on both!

More updates and photos to come on my new garden!

Happy Snacking,

HB Snack Girl

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