The White House Goes Slow Food, Plants Organic Garden

Just received an e-mail from Josh Viertel, president of Slow Food USA. He reports that this morning First Lady Michelle Obama and twenty six 5th graders broke ground for an organic vegetable garden on the lawn of the White House. He says:

Today they removed sod.  It’s what you’ve got to do if you want to replace a lawn with a vegetable garden. It is also hard work. I’ve done a lot of it. Once you’re done though, things look different, and the work starts to happen quickly. Today’s ground-breaking has fueled the conversation, the commitment and the hope…People are feeling optimistic…, I looked at the lawn, and I squinted my eyes to try to imagine it, and I thought, “Someday there will be a vegetable garden here. That said they’ve got a lot on their plate, so I’m not going to hold my breath.” I guess sometimes what’s right trumps what’s reasonable.

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2 comments on “The White House Goes Slow Food, Plants Organic Garden

  1. Perhaps the first thing they should plant is activated charcoal to soak up decades of the ‘ides,’ followed by liberal applications of compost and Medina soil activator.

    Better yet, used raised beds and bring in fresh soil.