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rtl850nomore
Glendale/Parks, AZ

March 19, 2009
10:01 PM

Post #6291450

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/03/michele-obama-first-locavore-oprah-white-house-garden.php
twiggybuds
Moss Point, MS
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2009
1:13 AM

Post #6292343

At last! She's already a great role model and promoting gardening can have enormous impact. I hope the media really runs with this story and revisits it as the season progresses. I know a lot of people sent emails asking for this and evidently they got the message. Yay!

I just talked to the lady at my local seed and feed store and she said she has been in business for 22 years and has never had such a good year before. She said she ran out of seed potatoes almost 2 weeks ago when they normally last into April and she has to worry about them going bad. She said she's checked 3 suppliers and They're all sold out too. She said people are buying seeds and plants like crazy.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

March 21, 2009
2:40 PM

Post #6298983

Yes, it's great news... a vegetable garden (and organic at that!) on the White House lawn after more than 50 years. I wrote a story about it so more folks would get the news. What a great example she is making! http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2367/

I tried to order more fruit bushes about 3 weeks ago and most of what I wanted was already sold out, at least by the more reputable dealers. And thankfully, I bought heirloom seed last fall, except for tomatoes.
dparsons01
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

April 11, 2009
8:11 PM

Post #6396430

Got an email today regarding a public letter written by the Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) to Michelle Obama about her garden. MACA represents chemical pesticide companies.

Headline from the public letter:
"Bonnie McCarvel, executive director of the Mid-America CropLife Association and Janet Braun, CropLife Ambassador coordinator, wrote First Lady MIchelle Obama a letter, encouraging her to consider using crop protection products and to recognize the importance of agriculture to the entire U.S. economy."

Other information is:
In an email they forwarded to their supporters, a MACA spokesman wrote, "While a garden is a great idea, the thought of it being organic made [us] shudder." MACA went on to publish a letter it had sent to the First Lady asking her to consider using chemicals -- or what they call "crop protection products" -- in her garden.

Link to MACA letter:
http://www.croplife.com/news/?storyid=1657&style=1

Note the image CropLife advertises their expertise with:
http://img1.cdn.adjuggler.com/banners/Client506496/1231429670496_WeKNowAg_MedRect_300x250.jpg

twiggybuds
Moss Point, MS
(Zone 8b)

April 11, 2009
8:22 PM

Post #6396460

I haven't got time to look at those links right now but I am laughing.
dparsons01
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

April 11, 2009
8:32 PM

Post #6396493

Hopefully Michelle Obama is laughing too. I wouldn't want her job of fending off all the "interests" that want her to represent their aganda.

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