Sprouts in the Sidewalk reported on Kitchen Gardeners International founder Roger Doiron’s campaign for a
food garden at the White House. What, and give up the red tulips? (Doiron made his case in a post called "Eat the View" on a site called OnDayOne.)
Farther down on the Sprouts post he republishes Barbara Damrosch’s terrific "Message to the President" in which she asks "Which candidate will be the Gardening President? Who will lead the way in teaching food self-sufficiency and good nutrition to the American people?"
Good question! Everyone lobbies for their favorite cause, and why not gardeners? Let’s see if it’s possible to answer Damrosch’s question without getting TOO political here on a gardening blog. (Commenters, you’re on your own.)
We know Obama got a lot of grief for resisting the traditional all-junk-all-the-time diet of presidential candidates, so his trim physique is no accident. But how aware is he, really? Remember he just recently stopped smoking, so could his awareness of other health issues be similarly behind the curve?
Now pretending for a minute (no more, I promise) that Hillary’s still in the running, we’ve seen her knock ’em back in Pennsylvania so Lord knows she’s no health elitist, but seriously, she probably knows more about child nutrition than anyone in politics, what with her years as a children’s advocate and health care wonk. But can you imagine her tending crops where the Rose Garden used to be?
As for McCain’s positions on food self-sufficiency and nutrition, any ideas?
Not that we’re single issue voters but asking questions like this just might raise awareness, which is presumably the point of the whole On Day One website.
Photo credit: White House.