White House Garden
First Lady Michelle Obama will break ground today, along with some Washington schoolchildren, on a vegetable garden to be planted on the South Lawn of the White House.
News reports say that the garden will include arugula, a fancy salad green that got the president in trouble with regular folks who thought he was being elitist. But it won't contain beets because he doesn't like beets.
The produce -- there will be 55 varieties of vegetables planted on 1,100 square feet -- will be used for family and formal White House dinners and the whole first family, plus the neighborhood school kids, will tend the garden.
Not everybody is entirely happy. There have been calls for the White House and Congress to compost their food scraps. And some want the garden's bounty shared with food banks and the poor in Washington.
The schoolchildren who help with the garden will have the bonus experience of helping White House chefs prepare them. Mrs. Obama says she hopes this will improve eating and nutrition in families "from the ground up," as it were.