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Michelle Obama Plants White House Garden

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first lady Michelle Obama plants the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House
First Lady Michelle Obama plants the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House.
Photo Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Michelle Obama brought out her gardening tools Thursday to plant veggies as a part of her ongoing campaign against childhood obesity.

This is the fifth time the First Lady has harvested in the White House Garden since she launched her initiative in 2009. She was joined by children invited from Washington, D.C., Florida, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Vermont, whose schools have included more fruits and vegetables in their lunches.

Some of the crops they planted include lettuce, spinach, radishes, berries and an apple tree. They also planted club wheat and bread wheat for the first time in the garden.

The First Lady hopes that getting children to help with gardening will encourage them to eat healthy.

Since 2009, the garden has produced over 3,000 pounds of food and a portion of the crops go to a local soup kitchen.

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