Yesterday, Michelle Obama and teams of schoolchildren from around the U.S. descended onto the South Law of the White House to plant the fourth-annual “White House Garden.”
According to ABC News, the team planted potatoes, mustard greens, carrots, onions, broccoli, swiss chard, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, kale, and much more. Since 2009, the First Lady has used the growing season to encourage Americans to grow and learn more about their food.
“A lot of times when you grow your own vegetables and fruits, they taste really good. They taste better than a lot of stuff you’ll get in a grocery store — trust me,” she told the children. “My kids have done it. They’re not big fans of all vegetables, but if they help to work on it they’re much more excited about trying it out.”
All of the kids involved in yesterday’s planting will be back later in the year to assist with the harvest. Since it was started in 2009, on a budget of only $200, the 1,500 square foot plot has yielded more than 2,000 pounds of produce.
According to Sam Kass, the veggies are not certified organic, but no pesticides are used. Kass tells Better Homes and Gardens, “– we use natural controls. We have ladybugs and praying mantises — they do a pretty good job of keeping our garden pest-free.”
Veggies produced on the South Lawn garden go to more than just the dinner table at the White House. What doesn’t get stored, canned, or pickled goes to homeless shelters, the Navy mess that feeds the West Wing staff, and to the kitchen for State Dinners.
And it’s not just the veggies that are producing – but the White House bees as well! Last year’s hive created a record crop of more than 225 and a half pounds of honey!
Check out a video of the day below.