Heirloom tomatoes, kale, chard, purple peppers—it’s all there. The White House South Lawn Kitchen Garden is by now growing strong. This recent Official White House Photo was shot by Samantha Appleton who seems to be the Food Initiate’s V-I-Photographer. Here—of course you recognize sleeves-rolled-up First Lady Michelle Obama—plus students from Bancroft and Tubman Elementary Schools. Hoisting pumpkins is Sam Kass who serves as Assistant White House Chef and Food Initiative Coordinator. (Now that’s a title that doesn’t roll off the tongue very easily.)
First started in late March–early April 2009, the 1100 square foot garden has by now harvested 1600 pounds of produce. Nearby, one can also find two bee hives tended by a beekeeper/WH carpenter. Last year hives yielded 134 pounds of honey. Fifty varieties of fruits and vegetables supply the First Family’s menus, leaving very healthy portions for State dinners and luncheons. About one-third of the produce goes to Miriam’s (soup) Kitchen in nearby Foggy Bottom.
While White House Gardens can more readily be seen year round, the open Kitchen Garden tours are held less frequently due to security issues. For those who can’t wait, here’s a nice 8-minute behind-the-garden-scenes video.
You can keep pace with other White House tours here.
Hmmm . . .now what happens to all that honey?
Nancy R. Peck