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Monday, March 23, 2009

The New White House Garden

I have followed this lady since the very early days of the Martha Stewart Show. She is a pioneer in schoolyard gardening. Alice Waters earned a degree in French Cultural Studies in 1967 at the University of California – Berkeley. However, it was in 1965, when Waters spent time studying abroad in Paris, that she discovered a natural connection between people and the food they ate and developed a passion for food herself. She saw that “there is an intimate connection between food and the quality of one’s life.” Waters brought that knowledge back to California and in 1971 opened her restaurant Chez Panisse. In the eighties she opened Café Fanny, named for her daughter.The focus in her restaurant is on using only the freshest food available to create the changing daily menus. She started the schoolyard gardens...getting students involved in the love of gardening. They garden on a vacant city lot and the produce is used in the cafeteria at their school.
WASHINGTON – The White House is getting a new garden.

First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to break ground Friday on a new garden near the fountain on the South Lawn that will supply the White House kitchen.
She will be joined by students from Bancroft Elementary School in the District of Columbia. The children will stay involved with the project, including planting the fruits, vegetables and herbs in the coming weeks and harvesting the crops later in the year.
Mrs. Obama spent time earlier this week at an exhibit on rooftop gardening.
"We're going to get a big one in our back yard, the South Lawn," she promised the volunteers.
Such a White House garden has been a dream of noted California chef Alice Waters, considered a leader in the movement to encourage consumption of locally grown, organic food. She has been appealing for change through the taste buds since the 1960s.
She organized a series of fundraising dinners in Washington before President Barack Obama's inauguration in January that served foods purchased from local producers at an area farmer's market to show how it can be done.
Reached Thursday at her Berkeley, Calif., restaurant, Chez Panisse, Waters said she was thrilled by the news.
"It just tells you that this country cares about people's good health and about the care of the land," she said. "To have this sort of 'victory' garden, this message goes out that everyone can grow a garden and have free food."
Victory gardens were vegetable gardens planted during the world wars with encouragement from the government to make sure there was enough food for civilians and the troops. Waters says her family had such a garden.
Waters has been lobbying for a vegetable garden at the White House since 1992. Recent White Houses have grown some herbs and have practiced limited container gardening on the mansion's roof to supply it with tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables.
The new garden will be the first on the White House grounds in many decades, Waters said.
She said Michelle Obama always has been receptive to the idea.
"She talks about food in connection with children, and it's a beautiful thing," Waters said.
Waters also has pushed the administration to adopt her Edible Schoolyard project in which children plant their own produce to eat in the school cafeteria. Most public schools are serving too much processed food that is contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic, she argues.
Persistence has won out....Alice will get her wish finally. I am so excited to see this project in our nation's capitol.


Barbee' said...

Very interesting post, Balisha, Isn't it wonderful to have "young people" in the White House! Energy and fresh ideas.

Balisha said...

Hi Barbee,
I love, love, love, Michelle O'Bama. She is interested in people and what we can all do to help our fellow man. You can see by how she treats people, how genuine she is.

Roses and Lilacs said...

I like this woman's thinking. Schools could easily grow produce to feed the children. In doing so it would teach the kids something as important as anything else they study. Good nutrition and the ability to grow your own food are priceless.

Lynn said...

How wonderful it will be to see a real garden at the White House again... And to have the kids involved will be great!!! Keep us posted on the progress...

Patti Cakes said...

Yes, I love to be outdoors. John is just the opposite. How did we get together. heehee

I've decided this year I'm going to do outdoor things even if I have to do it myself.

Do you want to move here or should I move there?

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Ok. I am really and truely in my element and SO happy to have found you Balisha!
I cannot begin to tell you how I feel about the O'bama's being in the White House..the entire thing is like a dream come true! It IS a dream come true! The way they think, the way they talk, their approach to everything is more than I could have hoped for. And it just gets better and better. The garden..the children..their approach to everything just is a balm to my soul after what we have been through. And..that is my take! :) I LOVED your post today!!

Patti Cakes said...

Now we will have to move. Could meet you in the middle someplace. I've been in bed ever since I got home. Trying to take it easy.

Anonymous said...

I love this, and can hardly wait to see the photos. It is a great idea.