It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since Michelle Obama brought back a vegetable garden to the White House South Lawn. The L-shaped 1,100-square-foot plot includes more than 55 varieties of fruits and vegetables; as well as a honeybee hive.
The First Lady will kick off the six edition of her “Kitchen Garden” with help from six members of FoodCorps, the nutritional education wing of the AmeriCorps Service Network.
“The First Lady’s leadership on child health through Let’s Move! has been an inspiration to this nation,” said Debra Eschmeyer, FoodCorps Co-founder and VP of External Affairs. “To grow a nation of well-nourished children requires families and schools, public and private leaders, parents and teachers and volunteers, all rolling up our sleeves together. The seeds cultivated on the White House lawn have sprouted and grown into signs that a healthier future for our children is within reach.”
Last week, President Obama gifted Pope Francis with a custom-made box containing seeds from the White House garden. In keeping with the spirit of the gift, the White House also said that Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello would also be donating seeds “that will yield several tons of produce to a charity of Pope Francis’ choosing.”
The gift was reminiscent of the one that the Obama family gave to celebrate Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials – which also included a custom box (made from reclaimed wood) and seeds from the White House garden.
In keeping with tradition from previous White House vegetable plantings, 1/3 of all produce grown will be donated to shelters in the DC area.