Planting What She Preaches: Michelle Obama Digs Garden, Writes a Book

Megan is a sucker for sustainable agriculture and a good farmers market, she likes writing about food almost as much as eating it.

Every Tuesday, we work with the deep-thinkers over at SoulPancake to choose a TakePart story and discuss the Life’s Big Question it brings to mind. This week we look at the First Lady's efforts to put food preaching into practice. Look for this week's Big Question at the end of the story, then join the conversation!


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'Gloves? I'm Michelle Obama—not some amateur who needs gloves!' (Photo: Larry Downing/Reuters)

Spring has sprung, and for the South Lawn of the White House, that means a new planting season for First Lady Michelle Obama's organic garden, reports the Washington Post.

With perfectly coiffed hair and fashionable gardening gloves, the woman behind the "Let's Move" campaign to beat childhood obesity will grab a trowel and till the soil for a fresh crop of produce.

Now in season three of her green thumb adventures, Lady Obama has landed a book deal to write about her garden, her anti-obesity campaign, and best practices for beginners.

Mrs. Obama told the Associated Press she wanted to share her story with the rest of the nation and perhaps with the rest of the world.

The book, due in April 2012, will answer some of the questions that Mrs. Obama says have been flooding in since she started her garden. "How did we do it? Why did we do it? How do I do this in my own home or community?"

The White House garden produced 2,000 pounds of fresh produce last year, according to Slashfood.

"Michelle Obama dug her first vegetable garden on the White House lawn in March 2008, two months after Barack Obama became president, and has grown about 55 varieties, most of which are used by the White House chefs," reports The Guardian. "As well as vegetables, such as lettuce, peppers and spinach, Obama and her team of helpers also grow herbs and berries."

This week's Big Question from the deep-thinkers at SoulPancake: Are you what you eat?

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