Michelle Obama on the White House's Kitchen Garden: Anyone Can Garden!

Two months after moving into the White House, first lady Michelle Obama set out on a new, exciting project: starting a garden. In her new book, American Grown, the first lady shares what it was like to plant the White House Kitchen Garden and start a national conversation about the food we eat and how it affects our children’s health. (8 Photos)

iVillage on Aug 17, 2012 at 2:40PM

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Michelle Obama on the White House's Kitchen Garden: Anyone Can Garden!

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A New Conversation About Healthy Eating

“When I first arrived in Washington, I wasn’t even sure that we could plant a garden. I didn’t know whether we would be allowed to change the landscaping of the White House grounds, or whether the soil was fertile enough, or whether there would be enough sunlight. And I had hardly any gardening experience, so I didn’t even really know how to go about planting a garden in the first place,” the first lady writes in American Grown.

“But one thing I did know was that I wanted this garden to be more than just a plot of land growing vegetables on the White House lawn... I hoped this garden would help begin a conversation about the food we eat, the lives we lead, and how all of that affects our children.”

Watch how Michelle Obama talks to her girls about healthy eating.

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