The Whitehouse Garden Sets A Powerful Example

Categories: Green

Michelle Obama says her goal was to make the White House vegetable garden a place for children to play and learn. Many enthusiastic kids have planted and worked in the garden, including students from Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington, D.C. (pictured here), fifth-graders from Bancroft Elementary School in D.C., and a Girl Scout troop from Fairport, N.Y.

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In June 2011, American Indian and Alaskan Native youth joined Michelle Obama for a traditional planting of a Three Sisters garden consisting of squash, beans and corn. Jefferson Keel, lieutenant governor of the Chickasaw Nation and president of the National Congress of American Indians, blessed the planting. The Three Sisters garden includes ‘Cherokee White Eagle’ corn, ‘Rattlesnake’ pole beans, and ‘Seminole’ squash (all pictured here), the seeds of which were donated by the National Museum of the American Indian.

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