MONDAY, OCTOBER 5TH, 2009 AT 6:41 PM
White House Kitchen Garden Tours for Local School Groups
Posted by Cammie Croft
The White House just launched a new webpage that allows local school groups to apply for tours of the South Lawn’s vegetable garden. The White House chefs will lead the new tours, and local school groups are welcome to apply for a visit. The guided tour will include a walk through the South Lawn, an explanation of the Kitchen Garden, a peek at the beehive and a few tips on easy, fun ways to eat healthy.
With the help of local school children, First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground and planted seeds in the White House Kitchen Garden in the spring of 2009. During the groundbreaking, the First Lady rallied the kids and led them in a cheer. Shouts of "Let’s hear it for vegetables!" and "Let’s hear it for fruit!" could be heard across the South Lawn.
Although some say they heard one student booing the mention of fruit, most of the children roared their approval. And why not? Since the groundbreaking, hundreds of pounds of fresh, healthy and locally grown vegetables have been enjoyed by guests and delivered to local food pantries. Now, students from across the area will have the opportunity to tour, have fun and learn about healthy eating at the White House Kitchen Garden.
Full details, regulations and online applications are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/tours_and_events/garden/