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White House Releases Video About the Kitchen Garden

By Garance Franke-Ruta
As the first day of school for many students in the Washington area wound down, the White House released a more than seven minute-long Web video about the development of the White House kitchen garden and the role of students from Bancroft Elementary School in farming it.

"Part of the message is that if the president of the United States can sit down with his family and have dinner, hopefully more families will find time to do the same thing," said first lady Michelle Obama in the video, which she narrated with White House chef Sam Kass.

"The garden is really an important introduction to what I hope will be a new way that our country thinks about food," said Obama, who called the garden "quite an amazing success, if I do say so myself."

In addition to the students, the gardeners, the chef and the first lady, a segment (scroll to 5:47 in) of the documentary shows a time-lapse video of the garden growing over a period of months.

This is the second "Inside the White House" video released by the Obama administration. The first, "Letters to the President," hit the Web on August 2.

Posted at 3:58 PM ET on Aug 31, 2009
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Republicans at McDonalds? Never. Maybe Outback, Mcdonalds is for all those liberal democrat minorities that voted for Obama because they didn't know any better. I feel sorry for all the young and inexperienced voters who fell for his campaign rhetoric. Welcome to politics in DC...

This guy is/was seriously naive or flat out lying during his campaign. I hope you enjoy the next 3 1/2 years here because I don't think you're going to be around for a second term. Not the way your headed.

You would think with all the attention he got that he could get stuff done, wrong, to get stuff done in DC you need political capital (favors). He has none since, well, he hasn't been in DC long enough. Should have waited another 10 years or so. Too late now.

Plus, every time I look at him I can't help but think of Alfred E. Nueman of Mad Magazine fame. Seriously... cracks me up watching him thinking this is our President.

I have no doubt that he's smart, well educated, privileged etc. just not a good leader. And I have more in common with the average African American than he does so stop with the "First minority President" thing. It doesn't make any difference, their all the same.

Posted by: Degenerate | September 1, 2009 4:45 PM

I bet the vegetables are huge.

So much B.S. in one place can't help but grow gigantic watermelons.

What a total farce this Obama garden crappola is.

Posted by: LarryG62 | September 1, 2009 2:59 PM

DC2Amsterdam:
yes there is a pesticide for it.
yes virginia, there is a santy claus

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | September 1, 2009 12:54 PM

agriculture

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | September 1, 2009 12:53 PM

"Obama mutts" -- really?! I wouldn't make a rude remark like that about your heritage, although you sound particularly ill-bred. If you were born in the U.S., you are most certainly a mutt of some sort, so you have much more in common with the Obama family than you would care to admit. Do us all a favor and don't pass your particular genetic stew along to any unsuspecting offspring.

Posted by: no1buckigirl | September 1, 2009 12:20 PM

Is there a good pesticide for right-wing vermin?

Posted by: DC2Amsterdam | September 1, 2009 11:10 AM

Republican's are more comfortable eating their meals at McDonalds, or if there is something to celebrate (for example, receiving a GED), Applebee's.

Posted by: DC2Amsterdam | September 1, 2009 11:08 AM

Yeah, right.

More propaganda B.S. to make the Obama mutts appear to be like the people next door.


These arrogant liberal slugs don't know beans about gardening. It's all a scam, and the usual fare from the phony in the White House.

Posted by: LarryG62 | September 1, 2009 10:30 AM

This warms the cockles of my heart! In South Africa we do a lot about showing people how to grow their own fresh produce. We have more poor people than you have in the US; so there's a standard model of a door-sized food garden that almost anybody (in our townships (not in high-rise buildings) can find room for. And then there are big and growing communal projects, supported vigorously by schools, seniors and unemployed people. It creates not only health but revenue.

Your circumstances are different from ours, but it might interest you to have a look at the big Cape Town voluntary organisation Abalimi Bezekhaya. There's a lot of info about them on the Internet.

Posted by: mdt44 | September 1, 2009 10:16 AM

This warms the cockles of my heart! In South Africa we do a lot about showing people how to grow their own fresh produce. We have more poor people than you have in the US; so there's a standard model of a door-sized food garden that almost anybody (in our townships (not in high-rise buildings) can find room for. And then there are big and growing communal projects, supported vigorously by schools, seniors and unemployed people. It creates not only health but revenue.

Your circumstances are different from ours, but it might interest you to have a look at the big Cape Town voluntary organisation Abalimi Bezekhaya. There's a lot of info about them on the Internet.

Posted by: mdt44 | September 1, 2009 10:13 AM

@don_id and the board

This is a good model because is shows how you can use the land you live on to grow your own food, now we need to know what kinds of seeds she's using, it would be cool to use all heirloom seeds from the history of the White House and of course Non-Gmos. It's a good precedent to set. Back to basics. DC definitely needs more of this.

I am a married working mother with three school aged children. We set up a small 12x12 raised bed and "experimented". You can research how to do it yourself on many sites. It's a great bonding moment. Take a Saturday morning to set it up and it will take care of itself. You put the right things in there to naturally deter pests. Deer? You will need a fence, but it's really not as involved as it looks.

If I had a staff and a large home, my garden would be my dream garden. We have a starter home and limited funds, if we can do it anyone can. Start with the basics, what do you buy in the produce area that you can grow? That's where you begin.

This is a good article. Thanks.

Posted by: TexasGirlAustin | September 1, 2009 10:07 AM

teach a man to fish....

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | September 1, 2009 6:14 AM

In the video, I would have appreciated more details of tending the WH garden, how they contend with pests--either insects or animals, weeding, fertilizing, and the fall garden layout.

I would like to see Michelle and friends take this a step further. I recently read of a town in England where a lot of unused city land was converted to garden plots. Most of the residents are free to take the produce to eat. The two Michelle's--Michelle Obama and Michelle Fenty, should get together and do something like this for DC. There are so many empty lots that could be used for raised bed gardening in DC neighborhoods. I know of one effort to place vegetable garden plots on the grounds of recreation centers in DC. I've seen a few vegetables at a couple of rec centers. It seemed more like a display of what can be grown versus having the resident kids and adults tend the gardens and collect the veggies.

Posted by: don_id | September 1, 2009 5:11 AM

Very lovely, but how is it supposed to be a model for people without a staff to garden and cook for them, and for families that don't have the luxury of working at home?

Posted by: esthermiriam | September 1, 2009 12:23 AM

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