Thursday, March 19, 2009

A White House vegetable garden.

I can't tell you how excited I am to hear this.

Seriously, I'm really excited to see this. When Eleanor Roosevelt planted her Victory Garden at the White House, despite the objection of ag interests, it inspired Americans to plant their own gardens in backyards and rooftops. As a result it is estimated that the 20 million American gardeners were able to grow up to 40% of the nation's produce (though that number has been disputed). With the current crisis that is our food supply chain (hello, tainted spinach, tomatoes, and peanut butter as recent large scale examples), there couldn't be a better time to spur the interests of Americans to grow some small portion of their own food.

And, fortunately, the Obamas are not the only ones getting in on the act. According to an article in USA Today seed sales are up. Double digits up. Apparently, the recession is encouraging more individuals to grow food at home. I'm not sure that we saved any money last year, but we certainly ate better, fresher produce all season long (and into the winter). The seeds are started, the soil has been turned, and we are ready to watch it grow. We just need a bit more warmth.

2 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

AndreaLea said...

I was excited to hear this too. I hope they talk about it a lot!

Knittripps said...

I was very excited to see that story on the news last night. Good for them!

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