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In the cover story interview from Oprah's O magazine, which hits newsstands today, First Lady Michelle Obama tells Oprah about some very interesting future food gardening plans for the White House:
First Lady Michelle Obama: We're also working on a wonderful new garden project.
Oprah: Will kids get to visit the garden?
Mrs. 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. (p. 146)
The most unexpected people read Oprah's magazine. Daniel Bowman Simon, of the White House Organic Farm Project, tipped your intrepid blogger to this story. Daniel and his partner, Casey Gustowarow, traveled the country for months in a converted school bus with a rooftop garden, gathering signatures for a petition to plant a garden on the White House lawn. The idea of a White House garden has been the topic of much discussion in the blogosphere, but it's not a new one. Thomas Jefferson, the third US president, had the very first DC garden, back when the White House was still called "The President's House." But it would be pretty terrific if even one of the eighteen acres that surround the White House were de-ornamentalized.
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