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Greens for Everyone!

The White House garden is bearing fruit. And vegetables.

I heard about it on NPR on my drive this afternoon. Sam Kass, White House Associate Chef, was talking about all the things the students of Bancroft Elementary have learned while working with Michelle Obama. These are the students who dug the dirt back in early spring, the students who planted the seeds and helped tend the garden. Today, these students joined the First Lady and a whole mess of press for a harvest meal.

For today’s feast, lettuces, chard, peas, and kale were in abundance, the early tomatoes were just shy of ready, and Sam had the opportunity to show off the first eggplant snuggled in the greens. Kids were eating vegetables seconds after picking them today. The best part of all, however, was listening to Kass describe the effects the garden had on the students. He focused on one student in particular, who spoke of having learned the importance of gentleness—with the plants, with the earthworm he dug up—and what that meant for his relationships outside the garden.

Give it a listen. It will make you smile.


2 Comments so far

  1. Mangochild June 17th, 2009 1:58 am

    Thanks for the link :-)
    I know the feeling of drowning in greens – my CSA and home garden left me with pounds and pounds of different lettuces, kale, chard, collards, scapes, green onion…. I’ll turn green at this rate! But I love the fresh just-picked taste and the connection to the seasons and the farm where they were grown.

  2. Captain Mommy Pants June 18th, 2009 5:50 am

    Imagine that – a naturally-grown garden is a smashing success and a great example for all! :)

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