The White House is planning a victory garden.

Michelle Obama will plant a vegetable garden on the White House lawn. With eleven hundred square feet of organic garden, there will be lots of room for the planned lettuce, sugar snap peas, spinach, broccoli, spinach, onions, chard, kale, collards, fennel, rhubarb, carrots, and an assortment of spices. It’ll be fertilized with compost from the White House kitchen, and use ladybugs and praying mantises to keep away pests. The family intends to use the food for their own meals, and share in both the labor and the bounty with fifth graders from Bancroft Elementary School. The president himself has been assigned to weed-pulling duty. Total cost? $200.

This is a very small thing, but I think its impact could be huge. I hope they call it a “victory garden,” in homage to the widespread practice of growing food in one’s own garden during WWII. Forty percent of our nation’s vegetable consumption came from the victory gardens planted by 20 million Americans. Eleanor Roosevelt herself planted one on the White House lawn, over the objections of food industry boosters. No American president since has had a vegetable garden. Until now.

Published by Waldo Jaquith

Waldo Jaquith (JAKE-with) is an open government technologist who lives near Char­lottes­­ville, VA, USA. more »

11 replies on “The White House is planning a victory garden.”

  1. We took care of just such a garden when my daughters were in elementary school in California. We lived right down the street, so we would walk up and water and pull weeds (and harvest!)

    I highly recommend gardens to everyone. Our 6500 square feet of gardens are plowed, and when the weather gets better, they will be turned over again.

  2. We’ve replaced much of the grass in our yard with garlic, onions, salad greens, etc…. Life is good. :)

  3. Good to see his profligacy has some bounds, or perhaps he just realizes with the devastation he’s wreaking on the economy we’ll all need to grow our own food soon.

  4. Yes will. It is a shame that Obama wrecked the economy that the Republicans had working so well on January 19th.

  5. Waldo- actually, the Clintons had a rooftop garden. Not a big deal garden like this one, but it’s still something. (Sam- see? Bill is always involved!)

  6. The President has important work to do. Michelle and Axelrod can oversee a legion of Supply-siders to hoe the fields. A little honest work will do them a world of good!

  7. They got the President to pull weeds for $200. That seems awful cheap ;)

    Of course if they got their compost from Congress, the size of those plants would be epic.

  8. The president himself has been assigned to weed-pulling duty.

    That’ll make for a great photo-op. Convince a few more sheeple that he’s a regular schmoe… he even does yardwork. I wonder if he’ll do it as well as a Special Olympian.

  9. Will and IPub,

    As the ‘Stench of Bush’ (which has a half-life of 20 years ) continues to waft thru the fabric of every bloody beating heart on the planet, its refreshing to know you two chuckleheads will continue to wave the flag and carry the water of your busted-ass party.

    Devastation of the economy?…in two months? Your grandchildren will still be working to polish the turd your party dropped on this country.

    If you two are single you should hook up.

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