Michelle Obama gets her hands dirty
The US’ hip and glamorous First Lady started a new tradition 2009 when they first arrived in the White House and took over the South Lawn to turn it into a vegetable patch.
The South Lawn has since been known to the public as the White House Kitchen Garden.
Michelle Obama can be credited for turning gardening into a trend in the US, and if she would have her way, a way of life for many.
The garden was the seed from which her Let’s Move initiative grew.
On April 5, 2016, she welcomed students to the South Lawn for the eighth and her final time as First Lady for the annual springtime tradition.
“It was eight years ago that we cooked up this really interesting idea that maybe we could dig up some dirt on the South Lawn…and we would plant a wonderful garden that would be a space for us to talk about the food we eat,” Michelle Obama said during the event.
The students participate in school garden programs in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Louisiana and a couple of elementary schools in Washington DC.
This year, she was joined by NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman and Astronaut Cady Coleman.
They planted the same variety of lettuce that is grown on the international space station.
“We’ve seen an increase in the number of folks that are planting community gardens in their neighborhoods.
They’re even doing some community gardening in space, as we understand, which takes the concept to a whole other level,” Michelle said. (By: Eileen A. Mencias)
“It was eight years ago that we cooked up this really interesting idea that maybe we could dig up some dirt on the South Lawn…and we would plant a wonderful garden that would be a space for us to talk about the food we eat.” —The First Lady celebrating eight years of the @WHKitchenGarden and the students that have joined her to plant and harvest the garden each year. #LetsMove
#MissionAccomplished: Thanks @NASA for pitching in to help plant the @WHKitchenGarden today! The sister seeds of both the Chinese Cabbage and Lettuce will be soon growing on the International Space Station as part of the on-orbit “Veggie” gardening system, which helps provide astronauts with fresh, nutritious food. #LetsMove ???
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SURPRISE! The First Lady dropped in to surprise unsuspecting gardeners in Washington, DC. Here’s @MichelleObama with Eriks Brolis and Linda Bilsens, who have made gardening a family and community effort. Get ready for us to share more stories of gardens in backyards, schools, and more throughout the year!
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