whitehousegarden.jpgWe try and steer away from politics here, but we are openly swooning over the Obamas’ decision to grow a vegetable garden on the White House lawn. According to The New York Times, it will have 55 varieties of vegetables, including kale, collards, arugula, and chard. There will also be a patch of berries, herbs like cilantro and Thai basil, and two beehives for honey! Twenty-three fifth-graders will help plant the garden and all of the Obamas will be helping with the weeding, “whether they like it or not,” says Michelle.

The idea is not only to have fresh food for her family, but to educate kids and parents everywhere about eating real, unprocessed foods that are locally grown. And she’s careful to note to the Times that if you’re not a home gardener for whatever reason, you can just start where you are: “You can begin in your own cupboard by eliminating processed food, trying to cook a meal a little more often, trying to incorporate more fruits and vegetables.”

Seeds and mulch for the entire White House vegetable garden: $200

Educating millions about the delicious healthiness of DIY food production: Very cool

The Obamas making home gardening, fresh eating, and sustainability as popular as they made J.Crew outfits: Priceless


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