Saturday, July 04, 2009

Michelle Obama, How does your garden grow?

Oh, how the news went on and on about this organic garden that Michelle Obama had planted at the White House. Here is an example from U.S. News:

But if the first lady and her White House kitchen continue to embrace the sustainable farming craze sweeping the nation, perhaps the Future Farmers of America ought to adopt her as its organic and healthful eating spokeswoman. Not only is she cheerleading chemical-free farming with her South Lawn veggie plot; we also hear that the White House is showing it means business by building three kitchen-waste compost piles for next year's planting.

This part is especially ironic and funny given the news I'm about to give you:

In fact, says Crawford, the White House garden in just a few short months has outshone some of his 40 acres of berries, herbs, and vegetables. Why? The soil. "The ground really seems to be nice and balanced," Crawford says. After it was tested, natural ingredients like crab meal were added to adjust the pH, sulphur, and potassium levels.

Yeah...maybe they should have checked the LEAD LEVELS. From AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says its high-profile garden on the South Lawn has tested positive for lead although it is not at dangerous levels.

You can't make this stuff up.

via Chrissie Siggelakis