The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America
On Sale: May 29, 2012
Hardcover / e-Book
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In April 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama planted a kitchen
garden on the White Houseís South Lawn. As fresh
vegetables, fruit, and herbs sprouted from the ground, this
White House Kitchen Garden inspired a new conversation all
across the country about the food we feed our families and
the impact it has on the health and well-being of our children.
Now, in her first-ever book, American Grown, Mrs. Obama
invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden and shares
its inspiring story, from the first planting to the latest
harvest. Hear about her worries as a novice gardener Ė
would the new plants even grow? Learn about her struggles
and her joys as lettuce, corn, tomatoes, collards and kale,
sweet potatoes and rhubarb flourished in the freshly tilled
soil. Get an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at every
season of the gardenís growth, with striking original
photographs that bring its story to life. Try the unique
recipes created by White House chefs and made with
ingredients just picked from the White House garden. And
learn from the White House Garden team about how you can
help plant your own backyard, school or community garden.
Mrs. Obamaís journey continues across the nation as she
shares the stories of other gardens that have moved and
inspired her: Houston office workers who make the sidewalk
bloom; a New York City School that created a scented garden
for the visually impaired; a North Carolina garden that
devotes its entire harvest to those in need; and other
stories of communities that are transforming the lives and
health of their citizens.
In American Grown, Mrs. Obama tells the story of the White
House Kitchen Garden, celebrates the bounty of gardens
across our nation, and reminds us all of what we can grow
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