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Follow the First Lady's example by growing a backyard vegetable garden for your family!

She's known for her eco-minded attitude and dress and is a proponent of healthy diet habits. Michelle Obama has even brought it home, making her the first first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt to grow a vegetable garden at the White House.


She's known for her eco-minded attitude and dress and is a proponent of healthy diet habits. Michelle Obama has even brought it home, making her the first first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt to grow a vegetable garden at the White House.

The White House has acres of flower gardens and gorgeous lawns, but there hasn't been a vegetable garden on the property since the Victory Garden during World War II. In March 2009, Mrs. Obama started the organic kitchen garden as an example to the nation about the importance of including fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet. She also invited local school students to help her plant and harvest so they could learn where vegetables come from and how they grow.

The White House vegetable garden uses vegetable seeds saved from the gardens at Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello.  Jefferson was responsible for bringing many fresh vegetables to America---he reportedly asked for vegetable seeds to be brought back when anyone he knew went abroad.

The veggies grown in the White House garden are not grown only to set an example or inspire. The harvests are actually used to feed the First Family and served at White house dinner events!

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