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.
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.
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.