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American Grown by Michelle Obama
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Jul 10, 12

Read from July 06 to 09, 2012

This was a beautiful book not only about the White House Kitchen Garden, but also about how to make your own garden and make your life (and community) more healthy. The book took you through the garden in each season, describing the difficulties and successes with different plants and how various ideas for the garden worked out. There were also interesting asides by people like the head chef of the White House and the National Park Service horticulturalist who helped make the garden a reality. (Did you know that the White House grounds are actually a National Park?) The White House now also has a bee hive and mushroom logs, and brings kids and volunteer adults in to tour and work on the garden regularly, so that it has become something of a true community garden.

The book also highlighted several facets of the First Lady's "Let's Move!" campaign, including supporting fruit trucks, community gardens, improved school lunches/snacks, exercise initiatives, etc. Her passion for improving the health of all Americans was clear. It was amazing to see what changes have already been made, and how easily and happily children (and adults) will try new things and change their daily habits when given a little encouragement and exposure.
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