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Obamas Plant Vegetable Garden at White House

Michelle Obama, assisted by local fifth-graders, broke ground for the first vegetable garden on the lawn of the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s during World War II. The organic vegetables they raise will be used for the first family’s meals, formal dinners, and to educate children about the benefits of nutritious, locally grown food.

Mrs. Obama, the students, and the entire First Family (including the President) will help plant, maintain, harvest and cook the vegetables, berries, and herbs – “whether they like it or not,” Mrs. Obama said with a laugh. The importance of the garden was made clear by advocates who felt that growing more food locally, and organically, can lead healthier diets and reduce the dependence on large-scale industrial farms. Learn more about the fruits, veggies, and herbs that will be included in the edible garden.