*Oh my goodness, when the Obamas leave the White House it’s going to be heartbreaking.
To say POTUS and FLOTUS are going to be a hard act to follow no matter who wins the 2016 presidential race is an understatement.
We say that because the First Lady, Michelle Obama, has been doing important work with her “Let’s Move!” campaign. One part of it was to plant a kitchen garden on the South Lawn. Now, on the seventh anniversary of breaking ground, the garden continues to grow. Some of the fruits, veggies, and herbs go towards meals at the White House, while other foodstuffs get donated to organizations.
On the “Today Show,” she said that she’s heard from lots of people inspired by the White House Kitchen Garden to create their own planting beds to fuel their meals, and she wants to visit them.
And that’s when the fun began for two elementary schools in Washington, DC.
We found out that she paid surprise visits to Watkins Elementary School and John Burroughs Elementary School to visit young gardeners. The First Lady joined in worm sifting and helped prepare a kale salad from the gardens of 5th graders. The students also seem be too thrilled at the presence of FLOTUS who helped them make tacos.
Mrs. Obama then headed to John Burroughs Elementary School which has an extensive garden program thanks to a partnership with the Washington Youth Garden. Greeted by a hug, she separated worms from soil with the students and helped them prepare seeds for the spring.
She rounded out her tour by visiting with Eriks Brolis and Linda Bilsens—a husband and wife team that uses a garden filling the entire lot adjacent to their yard to feed friends and family elderberries, serviceberries, apples, pears, hazelnuts, and more. Brolis, along with his brother, is the co-founder of Urban Farm Plans, which helps city folk cultivate gardens to provide nourishment.
While the “Let’s Move!” video of her appearances at the events was released on Friday, the actual visits occurred in late February.
It’s expected that Mrs. Obama will visit other gardens throughout the U.S. as part of her tour, whether they be in schools, backyards, or elsewhere.