Friday, October 19, 2012
The White House has created a new video that shows how First Lady Michelle Obama's 1,500 square-foot Kitchen Garden began. It combines footage from Friday's White House livestream of the annual Fall garden tour for the public with archival footage from the three-plus years that Mrs. Obama's signature project has been on the South Lawn. Mrs. Obama and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass are featured.
This year, for the first time since she broke ground for the South Lawn vegetable plot in 2009, Mrs. Obama did not host her annual Fall Kitchen Garden Harvest with invited school children. Instead, the White House expanded its schedule for the public Fall garden tours, welcoming thousands of visitors for two weekends instead of one as in years past.
The White House on Friday also welcomed a group of invited guests for the second-ever #WHGarden Tweetup. After having a private tour before the grounds were opened to the public led by chief groundskeeper Dale Haney, the group had a special session in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. They were give a special "briefing" from Deputy Director of Digital Strategy Katelyn Sabochik; Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses; photographer Sonya N. Hebert, who travels with Mrs. Obama; and Jon Carson, Director of the Office of Public Engagement.
The very first video the White House created about the Kitchen Garden was released in August of 2009: