But there are better options out there, and they are moving to the fore of our national dialogue. Many Americans know that eating properly is of the utmost importance, but don’t have the time or income to constantly plan on cooking that sensible meal for the family. Obligations at work or school are stressing enough, but when coupled with trips to the doctor’s office or the various playing fields, a quick, cheap meal is often the most effortless option. However, if you follow the example of the Obamas, you might just find that dinner is a little easier, and a lot healthier.
I do not mean for you to run for President, though I wouldn’t discourage it. The Obamas have set in motion the plan to install a vegetable garden on the South Lawn of the White House in the very near future. Mrs. Obama will be in charge of the operation, which will enlist the help of twenty-three fifth graders from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington. They will help her dig up the soil for the 1,100-square-foot plot, in an area of the lawn that is visible from E Street. The Bancroft School has had a garden of this nature since 2001, so the students will also be able to help plant, harvest and cook the vegetables, berries and herbs.
The new garden will have 55 varieties of vegetables that are to be grown started at the executive mansion’s greenhouses. The plots will also be in raised beds with a peculiar mix for fertilizer. The fertilizer will include White House Compost, crab meal from the Chesapeake Bay, some lime and green sand. It will also contain ladybugs and praying mantises to patrol the area for harmful bugs.
The focus of the garden will be to promote the idea of local, organic, and natural foods. Obesity is a major problem in the world, and especially in the United States, so the Obamas have taken an active role in advocating personal gardens. Not only will they make their harvesters healthier and more in touch with the earth, but it will cut down on the amount of fuels necessary to move products grown on large scale farms to market.
Organic, and home grown foods have the possibility to solve many problems at once, ranging from obesity to fuel consumption, to the very important, “What’s for Dinner?” Think about investing in your own personal garden. Your kids may even want to try some of the things you plant if they feel that they have ownership of the process.
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