Organic vegetable gardening is a fantastic way to increase your health and well being. Not only are the vegetables better for you in terms of nutrient quality, but they taste so much better, too. In addition, the exercise you get from planting and maintaining a garden is very good for your health, and it gets you away from the sedentary activities such as watching TV.
Not since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden in the 1940’s has there been a White House Vegetable Garden, let alone an organic one. Yet, it is true. Michelle Obama has donned her gardening clothes, along with some local elementary students, and started an organic vegetable garden on the White House grounds.
ABC New’s Brian Hartman reported on the Obama organic garden. He stated that “First Lady, Michelle Obama, told Oprah Winfrey’s ‘O’ magazine that they are…working on a wonderful new garden project…. Our new president and his wife are becoming organic vegetable gardeners.” The garden has been placed on the White House grounds out of sight of the house, but within sight of the street. There are to be 55 different types of vegetables planted. White House executive chef, Cristeta Comerford, “said she was eager to plan menus around the garden, and Bill Yosses, the pastry chef, said he was looking forward to berry season.” This is a great example for our society. Even if you don’t have a yard the size of the White House lawn, you can plant an organic garden and improve the quality of your diet many fold.
The NY Times also wrote about the new organic garden: The first lady, who said that she had never had a vegetable garden, recalled that the idea for this one came from her experiences as a working mother trying to feed her daughters, Malia and Sasha, a good diet. Eating out three times a week, ordering a pizza, having a sandwich for dinner all took their toll in added weight on the girls, whose pediatrician told Mrs. Obama that she needed to be thinking about nutrition.
“He raised a flag for us,” she said, and within months the girls had lost weight.
This is very good news for us gardeners. It will bring our concerns about health and nutrition to the attention of the public in a way that is positive rather than negative, showing a way to reverse the downward slide of general health and fitness, especially among our youth. Many presidents throughout the years have had gardens (or at least potted plants), but this should be the most influential garden yet, with the emphasis on organic!
You might want to follow the lead of the First Family and start your very own organic garden. It is not difficult, and the rewards are well worth the effort. You will benefit by harvesting tasty, healthy vegetables that will be so much more tasty than the vegetables you are used to getting at your local grocery store.