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Ground is broken for White House 'kitchen garden' by Michelle Obama

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by TheCount, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. TheCount

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    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press Writer Darlene Superville, Associated Press Writer 40 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – Twenty-six elementary schoolchildren wielded shovels, rakes, pitchforks and wheelbarrows to help first lady Michelle Obama break ground for a produce and herb garden on the White House grounds.

    Crops to be planted in the coming weeks on the 1,100-square-foot, L-shaped patch near the fountain on the South Lawn include spinach, broccoli, various lettuces, kale and collard greens, assorted herbs and blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.

    There will also be a beehive.

    "We're going to try to make our own honey here as well," Mrs. Obama told the students from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington. The school has its own community garden.

    The students will be brought back to the White House next month to help with the planting, and after that to help harvest and cook some of the produce in the mansion's kitchen. The first harvest is expected by late April.

    Mrs. Obama said her family has talked about planting such a garden since they moved to the White House in January.

    After she spoke, the students were paired off and handed a gardening tool. The first lady joined, with a tool of her own, and together they began raking and scraping up the grass and topsoil, dumping it into wheelbarrows and depositing the contents in a central location.

    "Are we done yet?" Mrs. Obama jokingly said at one point. "I want to plant. Let's harvest something."

    When the work was finished, the students sat at three nearby picnic tables and were treated to apples, apple cider and cookies baked in the shape of a shovel.

    Some of the produce from the garden will be served in the White House, including to the First Family and at official functions. Some crops also will be donated to Miriam's Kitchen, a soup kitchen near the White House where Mrs. Obama recently helped serve lunch.

    Assistant chef Sam Kass said the garden will exist year round, and the crops will change based on the seasons.

    He gave no estimate on how much produce the garden would yield, but said, "It should be quite a bit, if we're lucky."

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    I think it's sweet that they invited kids over to help.

    Also worth noting that the first African-American First Lady is trying to leave an actual physical imprint on the White House grounds.
  2. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Sounds like child labor exploitation to me.

    Dig your own dang garden Michelle!

    :D
  3. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    Sounds like the mob who was after Frankenstein. See, kids ain't so dumb.
  4. Dallas

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    You think that garden will be there forever? You really believe that? :laugh2:

    [IMG]

    BO: "Michelle huni, I got that wagon you wanted. We can haul loads up to the house now."

    MO: "Thank you huni, now go get those tators picked, company's comin."
  5. iceberg

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    i think it's kinda cool man. i'm not gonna grow a garden cause i have people mow my yard for me and the herbs would be hard to grow like that...

    BUT - i may get one of those hang from a pole tomato and cucumber plants. fresh maters rule!
  6. Dallas

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    Its cute. Maybe she will be out in the garden all the time. Can you do that as a 1st lady?

    Those tomato hanger things grow upside down. I love infomercials.
  7. iceberg

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    they don't really grow upside down, they just grow. you plant it at the bottom and water from the top.

    man - i used to eat cucumbers fresh from the garden with my grandfather in joplin, mo. i've always loved cucumbers since then!
  8. Bob Sacamano

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    yeah, we know Michelle is the 1st African-American 1st Lady already
  9. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    Oh brother. I lOOOOVE me some cold sliced fresh cucumber.


    Give me some salt and a little pepper and GTHO my way.
  10. Dallas

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    BUT!!!!!







    Did you know Barack Obama is the 1st African American president? Hmmm? Didya, didya didya?




    Well didya?
  11. TheCount

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    Don't you get me started, Bob!

    Forever is a long time. I'm not sure which President and First Lady is going to want to come in and destroy a project past President's and First Ladies that's as harmless as a garden.

    I'm not even sure what the horse thing and your mock conversation is supposed to mean.
  12. iceberg

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    i personally don't think we've made any progress in this racial thing at all until we get our first interracial couple.
  13. TheCount

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    What do you think comes first, the first interracial President and First Lady or the first Mexican-American President?
  14. ShiningStar

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    Throw em up and lets see where the voters go, since im sure "qualified" wont work itself into the campaign.

    Speaking of interracial which one would be of another race?
  15. Bob Sacamano

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    now why would you want to cause trouble for BrainPaint

    you know his backwoodsmen buddies are going to riot
  16. TheCount

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    I guess technically we have an interracial couple right now seeing as the President is half white, ignoring the existence of the "one drop rule".
  17. iceberg

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    i'm going for the longshot here -

    chinese american married to a black jew.

    but i won't double down on who's which gender. i'm not that crazy.
  18. iceberg

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    they won't hear about it for a few years. : )
  19. ShiningStar

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    Nah. most just accept him as the first black president. Which is fine at this point. My beef is the word interracial, as a black person or white person is of another race.

    I just get a bit riled up when people use that term instead of "different cultures" or countries, which ever, but we need label after label after label instead of just being human.

    See the point.
  20. iceberg

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    so the word "interracial" is offensive now?

    or only if we make special olympic jokes?

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