By Betsy Thorpe
“This is a big day. We’ve been talking it since the day we moved in.”
First Lady, Michelle Obama
March 20, 2009
On March 20, the First Lady and two dozen students from Washington’s Bancroft Elementary School broke ground for the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House. The students will continue to be involved in the garden as it develops and grows. The garden’s harvest of healthy vegetables will be cooked in the White House Kitchen and donated to Miriam’s Kitchen, which serves the homeless in Washington, DC.
The First Lady’s organic garden is the first garden planted on the White House grounds since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Gardens of the 1940’s and will contain year round vegetables and berries. Plans for the garden plot also include two bee hives.