American Grown is Growing On Us

First Lady Michelle Obama wrote a book- and it has nothing to do with politics. It’s about gardening. In American Grown, she tells a unique story about the White House kitchen garden, which she planted (with the help of local 5th graders) in 2009. The White House kitchen garden is harvested daily to provide food for the First Family and state dinners. The garden is the first of its kind since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden in the 1940s. In the book, Michelle Obama starts with a brief biographical sketch of her own upbringing and the meals her mother made with fresh foods, then goes on to explain how her concern for the health of our nation’s children evolved into planing a kitchen garden right on the White House South Lawn. In 2010 she launched the initiative Let’s Move! to encourage kids to be more active and get schools to serve healthier food. The book also talks about other gardens around the United States with inspiring stories. We think it’s neat, an easy read, and engaging. And the recipes from the White House chefs at the back of the book are a definite plus.

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