White House Garden: Yay or Nay?
John Adams did it. So did Eleanor Roosevelt. I'm talking about gardening on the White House lawn. It's been a while -- since World World II -- since the idea has borne edible fruit; however, Chez Panisse and Edible Schoolyard founder Alice Waters has been pushing the idea of a White House vegetable garden since 2000, when Bill Clinton was in office.
Flash forward eight years, and Waters now has company, with Eat the View and The White House Organic Farm Project (aka The Who Farm), two separate efforts with a similar mission -- urging the next president to start growing his own food.
Eat the View is the brainchild of Roger Doiron, the force behind Kitchen Gardeners International, an online community for gardeners around the world. Doiron, who lives (and has a 1/3 acre-garden) in Scarborough, Maine, began pitching his idea -- Eat the View -- of a White House organic garden on On Day One, an online forum with user-generated politically-focused ideas and proposals. Now, Eat the View has its own Web site with an online petition to be presented to the next president-elect. You can also follow Doiron's efforts on Twitter.
Doiron has also produced a video explaining his cause:
Similar in mission but different in approach is how I'd describe The Whofarm Project, a collaboration of Daniel Bowman Simon and his best friend Casey Gustowarow, two twenty-something guys (and former Peace Corps buddies) who have taken their message on the road in their double-decker school bus. Simon and Gustowarow drove their bus (equipped with a roof-top garden) from New York City to San Francisco to make it in time for Slow Food Nation and spread word of their efforts. Like Doiron, the Whofarm guys have an online petition that they like the world to sign and put on the desk of the next commander in chief. For the return trip to New York, their plan is to drive at a more leisurely pace, making a case for presidential gardening.
What's your take? Should there be an edible garden at the White House? And which candidate, if any, would be the most likely to start digging in the dirt? Take the poll below and weigh in:
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