American Grown

American Grown

The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America

Book - 2012
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In April 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama planted a kitchen garden on the White House's South Lawn.  As fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs sprouted from the ground, this White House Kitchen Garden inspired a new conversation all across the country about the food we feed our families and the impact it has on the health and well-being of our children.  
 
Now, in her first-ever book,  American Grown , Mrs. Obama invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden and shares its inspiring story, from the first planting to the latest harvest.  Hear about her worries as a novice gardener - would the new plants even grow? Learn about her struggles and her joys as lettuce, corn, tomatoes, collards and kale, sweet potatoes and rhubarb flourished in the freshly tilled soil.  Get an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at every season of the garden's growth, with striking original photographs that bring its story to life.  Try the unique recipes created by White House chefs and made with ingredients just picked from the White House garden.  And learn from the White House Garden team about how you can help plant your own backyard, school or community garden.  
 
Mrs. Obama's journey continues across the nation as she shares the stories of other gardens that have moved and inspired her: Houston office workers who make the sidewalk bloom; a New York City School that created a scented garden for the visually impaired; a North Carolina garden that devotes its entire harvest to those in need; and other stories of communities that are transforming the lives and health of their citizens.  
 
In  American Grown , Mrs. Obama tells the story of the White House Kitchen Garden, celebrates the bounty of gardens across our nation, and reminds us all of what we can grow together.   

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307956026
Branch Call Number: 635.0975 OBA
Characteristics: 271 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm

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LynJoan
Jul 24, 2016

I enjoyed many aspects of this book First off, learning about the caring intentions of Michelle was impressive and significant; secondly, learning about gardening and how we learn to do this collectively as they did at the Whitehouse was very interesting. There are recipes, great photo's and more. Worth picking up.

debwalker May 14, 2013

Leading the locally grown movement, starting with the White House lawn, Michelle Obama is a stunning woman on so many levels. Also has the cutest dog on the planet - Bo who inspects the garden on a daily basis.

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sdelao
Jun 06, 2012

Can't wait to read this!

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