Well, it is apparently official! The White House at Michelle Obama’s instigation will be putting in a 1000 square foot vegetable garden. They are planning on having it a visible part in the menu planning for the first family.
This is a huge victory for the Eat the View campaign. Congratulations to visionary, Roger Doiron!!
I must say that I find myself slightly let down. I am, of course, thrilled as I look at the symbolism of the first kitchen garden since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden 70 years ago. But at 1000 square feet, they are only putting in 4 times as much growing area as I have. They could do so much more and make the kitchen garden produce a main feature of a wider range of official dinners and functions. Of course, I see why this is both unnecessary and unpriortized. First, they do have about 1 trillion things on their mind right now! Second, outside of pretensious food snobs like myself and others that I can think of, the mere fact that Michelle is taking the public initiative to have a garden, talk about it in terms of nutrition and even publicly describe the cost of seeds and soil as only being $200, I think is exactly the kind of public face that garden-based nutrition needs.
So, rock on Obamas!!