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Devin Dwyer reports for ABC News that new faces and new potatoes marked the fourth annual spring planting in the White House kitchen garden this afternoon.

First Lady Michelle Obama rolled up her sleeves and crouched down in the mud, working alongside three Girl Scouts from upstate New York to plant rows of potatoes, including five new varieties – purple Peruvian fingerling, red thumb, russet, mountain rose and sangre, and a small plot of mustard greens. They also sprinkled seeds for dill and cilantro on a dirt patch next to the sprouting garlic.

Around them, more than two dozen other school children worked in teams with hand tools and watering cans to plant carrots, onions, broccoli, swiss chard, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, and kale.

Obama began the garden initiative in 2009 to start a conversation about healthy living and the importance of fruits and vegetables, she said. It was the first vegetable garden planted at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden.


  1. It’s great to see girls from upstate New York representing Girl Scouts! Was this a trip sponsored by a neighboring council, or are they from GSNENY?

    March 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm by Linda Baker

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