First Lady Michelle Obama got her hands dirty on Wednesday with some fifth-graders from DC public schools. The kids were asked to help plant the White House garden.
Originally planted in 2009, Mrs. Obama’s 1,500 square foot garden has been cultivated to produce more than 2,000 pounds of fresh food per season. This year the garden will grow lettuce, spinach, broccoli, radishes, cauliflower and beets to be used as food for the Obama family, their guests, and those who visit local soup kitchens.
The garden served as a starting point for Mrs. Obama’s national campaign against childhood obesity. Mrs. Obama is writing about the White House garden and the benefits of eating healthy in a book to be published later this year.