“The President and I went on this long trip,” said Michelle Obama in People. “We were in many, many countries. And the number one question I got as the First Lady from world leaders — they were all excited about this garden.”
She was referring, of course, to the new organic White House Kitchen Garden.
“Every single person, from Prince Charles on down,” Mrs. Obama added, “… they were excited about the fact that we were planting a garden, because in many countries they really believe in the importance of planting and growing your own food. So they were fascinated and grateful to all of you for helping make this possible.”
Only organic fertilizers and insect repellents will be used, and lady bugs and praying mantises will be introduced to naturally control other insect populations. A honey bee hive has been set up nearby for pollination purposes.
But I think the best thing about the White House Garden is the Obamas’ effort to use it to teach young kids about where food comes from and the importance of eating fruits and veggies that are free of pesticides and toxins. First Lady Obama even invited local school children over to help her plant carrots, broccoli, onions, kale and collards, among other fruits and veggies — then talked about her plan to feed the homegrown produce to her family, staffers and even foreign dignitaries.
What do you think about the Obamas’ garden project?