'First Locavore' Michelle Obama to Oprah: Veggie Garden Coming to White House Lawn
Obama White House Veggie Garden to be PlantedFood writer Eddie Gehman Kohan has the scoop (or shall we say shovel) on the April issue of Oprah's Magazine interview featuring a cover-story interview with Michelle Obama revealing the exciting plans for a White House vegetable garden. But will this newest shovel-ready project from the Obama administration be an organic undertaking?The First Lady, now The First Locavore, chats with Oprah:
Michelle Obama: We're also working on a wonderful new garden project.
Oprah: Will kids get to visit the garden?
Michelle Obama: We want to use it as a point of education, to talk about health and how delicious it is to eat fresh food, and how you can take that food and make it part of a healthy diet. You know, the tomato that's from your garden tastes very different from one that isn't. And peas - what is it like to eat peas in season? So we want the White House to be a place of education and awareness. And hopefully kids will be interested because there are kids living here.
No clear word yet as to whether or not the wishes of food and sustainable agriculture advocates will be fulfilled with organically grown local produce on the White House grounds. We told you a bit about these eco-efforts from the presidential campaign trail last October when the WHO project was kickin' some candidate butt in the name not only of local food production, but more specifically in the name of organic agriculure. Hence the name White House Organic Farm Project:
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In any event, it seems TreeHugger Jeff predicted correctly and we say hooray for this victory for victory gardens! Next stop: White House solar panels!