The Obamas put in the first food garden (organic, natch) on the White House grounds
since Eleanor Roosevelt's victory garden
during World War II. We dig that
Skeptics may scoff that's it just symbolic, but I don't think so. According the The New York Times
, the garden will have "55 varieties of vegetables, from a wish list of the kitchen staff. Cristeta Comerford, the White House's executive chef, said she was eager to plan menus around the garden, and Bill Yosses, the pastry chef, said he was looking forward to berry season."
And 1100 square feet can produce a lot of produce — the Old Farmer's Almanac says that
"A good-sized beginner vegetable garden is 10 x 16 feet [160 square feet]
. A plot this size can feed a family of four for one summer, with a little extra."
It's not likely, however, that the first family or their handlers are going to (publicly, anyway) spice up the reasons behind this good move with the hard arguments of filmmaker Robert Kenner in his high-impact new movie, Food, Inc.