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Students in Washington D.C. Harvesting Whitehouse Garden

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Monday, June 6th

The White House * 11:10AM ET - First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed students from across the country to harvest the White House Kitchen Garden and prepare a fresh, healthy meal with ingredients straight from the garden. Mrs. Obama was joined by Author, Daytime Host and Child Nutrition Advocate, Rachael Ray, who is also a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and Tastemade's, Frankie Celenza. In 2009, Mrs. Obama planted a vegetable garden on the South Lawn to initiate a national conversation around the health and wellbeing of our nation-a conversation that evolved into her Let's Move! http:/www.letsmove.gov/ initiative.

The First Lady welcomed back students from the planting https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/05/remarks-first-lady-annual-kitchen-garden-planting of the White House Kitchen Garden earlier this year. Students from Wisconsin, Colorado, and Louisiana whose schools have inspiring school garden programs were in attendance and  highlighted the increase and impact of school gardens across the country. In addition, Mrs. Obama was joined in the garden by students from Bancroft Elementary School and Harriet Tubman Elementary School who regularly help in the White House Kitchen Garden.

Students joining the First Lady participated in the following garden programs:

Washburn School Garden Program - Washburn, Wisconsin The mission of the Washburn School Garden Program is to cultivate environmental stewardship, foster human health, and develop ecological sustainability. The Washburn School District currently maintains a 6,400 square foot school garden and small orchard. Elementary grades each have a section of the garden to maintain throughout the year, and the middle school and high school have classes that use the garden extensively, culminating in an Agriprenuer program. Much of the food grown is used in the school food service, with additional food sold to the community.

Other schools that participated were the Montezuma School to Farm Project - Cortez, Colorado, the Edible Schoolyard  (ESYNOLA) - New Orleans, Louisiana 

The event was livestreamed at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live and can still be viewed at this site.

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