This is very, very exciting!!
“Obamas to Plant White House Vegetable Garden”
On Friday, March 20th, 2009, 23 third graders will join First Lady Michelle Obama on the South Lawn of the White House to break ground on an 1100 square foot kitchen garden that will provide food for family dinners and formal dinners.
According to the New York Times:
The Obamas garden will have 55 varieties of vegetables grown from organic seedlings started at the executive mansions greenhouses.
And better still:
Almost the entire Obama family, including the president, will pull weeds, whether they like it or not, Mrs. Obama said laughing.
Ok, you can stop pinching yourself: you aren’t dreaming this and an off batch of sauerkraut hasn’t caused a rare case of lacto-fermentation-hallucination.
THEY ARE REALLY GOING TO DIG THIS GARDEN!
AND WE HELPED MAKE THIS DAY POSSIBLE!
Those of you who have been part of the KGI community for a while know that this is a long-term project of ours, started in February 2008. It was back in the middle of the presidential primary season when 99.9999% of the population was focused on who the next president was going to be. We were the .0001% of the population that was thinking about what his or her family was going to eat and where it would be grown.
It’s been quite a ride for KGI as an organization and for me personally since then. For those of you who are new and weren’t with us for the trip, we had some fun along the way. We started following a hopeful little web project called OnDayOne.org in February 2008, read about ourselves in the New York Times in April, began putting our names on a White House Food Garden petition in June, hummed along to This Lawn is Your Lawn in July 2008, read about ourselves in the International Herald Tribune in July, placed bids on the White House Lawn which we had put up for sale on eBay in August, watched with wonder as two young guys inspired by our work set off in a funky bus to take the edible White House idea across the country and back, chuckled our way through September watching the Garden of Eatin’, read Michael Pollan’s “Farmer-in-Chief” article with great interest in October which also spoke of a new garden at the White House, voted “This Lawn is Your Lawn” onto national TV through the Climate Matters video contest in October, got swept up in the energy of the November elections, leafed our way through the Washington Post in January, pushed hard to get out the vote in the OnDayOne.org contest later that month (and won that too beating out 4000 other ideas), began inviting more people to sign our petition on our campaign site and on Facebook also in January, spoke with and e-mailed various members of Michelle Obama’s staff in February (me, in this case, but maybe you did too? They said they were hearing from a lot of people.), and here we are in March 2009 reading the headline above and vicariously walking our way through the delicious garden paths of the future South Lawn.
What more can I say besides thank you for all your support and patience with this project. Many individuals made this great day possible: – Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, John Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Barack and Michelle Obama – but we can feel pride in being the community that pulled together and made a difference.
So let’s celebrate that. The seeding or the weeding can wait. Tomorrow’s about savoring a moment that was a long time in the making.
By the way, I totally miss you guys! I may have some gardening news soon!