A vegetable garden will sprout on the lawn of the White House.
Sometimes, a tiny grass-roots effort does succeed in a big way, and maybe an online petition signed by thousands had something to do with it. Or maybe it was the influence of famous chef and organic food guru Alice Waters's one-on-one conversation with the first lady and her televised plea.
But Michelle Obama confirmed, in an interview for O, Oprah's magazine, that part of the White House's south Lawn will be dug up for a vegetable plot, reports treehugger. This harks back to World War II, when Eleanor Roosevelt had veggies grown at the first family's residence as part of the Victory Garden effort.
When breaking ground for the garden today, Mrs. Obama says that kids from area elementary schools will help plant the garden and harvest its produce. And she anticipates an educational component in the garden for the youngesters who participate.