obama to garden orgaically

“While the organic garden will provide food for the first family’s meals and formal dinners, its most important role, Mrs. Obama said, will be to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruit and vegetables at a time when obesity and diabetes have become a national concern.

…..

The Obamas will feed their love of Mexican food with cilantro, tomatillos and hot peppers. Lettuces will include red romaine, green oak leaf, butterhead, red leaf and galactic. There will be spinach, chard, collards and black kale. For desserts, there will be a patch of berries. And herbs will include some more unusual varieties, like anise hyssop and Thai basil. A White House carpenter, Charlie Brandts, who is a beekeeper, will tend two hives for honey.

……

The plots will be in raised beds fertilized with White House compost, crab meal from the Chesapeake Bay, lime and green sand. Ladybugs and praying mantises will help control harmful bugs.

Cristeta Comerford, the White House’s executive chef, said she was eager to plan menus around the garden, and Bill Yosses, the pastry chef, said he was looking forward to berry season.

….

“You can begin in your own cupboard,” she said, “by eliminating processed food, trying to cook a meal a little more often, trying to incorporate more fruits and vegetables.” ”

from NYT article

————-

just when i had creeping doubts about the prez….. this is the best thing i have read in weeks. leadership where it needs to be, sending a message that is real. if we can start to rely on our own means for food again we take the power away from big oil and monsanto, while strengthening our communities once again. seriously, this is monumental and organic. now we just need to get him on the permaculture train, get self composting toilets installed in the white house, and convert airforce one to biodisel….

on a side note, jimmy carter installed solar panels on the white house in the 70’s, only to have them removed by one ronny reagan a decade later… rest is history, nuff said.

read this book: (max can  find the torrent ebook)

omnivore’s dilemma