19 Jul '11, 6pm

White House Garden Yields a Ton of Produce, Literally!

White House Garden Yields a Ton of Produce, Literally!

Back in 2009, Michelle Obama had a vision to create a garden at the White House. With the help of school children and Sam Kass, assistant White House chef and senior policy adviser for healthy food initiatives, Mrs. Obama’s dream became a reality. The start-up cost for the garden that now graces the South Lawn was $200 and it has produced over 2,000 pounds of produce to date in a 1,500 square foot space. The produce created at the White House includes a variety of vegetables (lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, etc.) and an abundance of fresh herbs (cilantro, rosemary, parsley, sage, thyme, etc.). 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 La...

Full article: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2011/07/19/white-house-garden-yie...

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