March 16th, 2011
06:17 PM ET
Washington (CNN) – First Lady Michelle Obama joined two dozen local elementary schools kids on the South Lawn for the third spring planting of the White House garden. Assistant White House Chef Sam Kass oversaw this year’s seedlings which included spinach, broccoli, turnips and swiss chard.
According to Kass the 1500 square foot garden has produced over 2000 pounds of food in the 3 years. He noted most of the food is used in the White House but a full third of it goes to Miriam’s Kitchen, a local mission that provides food to the homeless.
Mrs. Obama uses the garden as a way to highlight her fight against childhood obesity. She urged the kids to take what they learned today planting the garden and share the information with friends and family. “So we’re going to want you guys to pass this information on, especially go home and get your parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles to cook some vegetables, to make sure you guys are trying new things’ she said.
While talking to the school kids, Obama noted broccoli was a favorite of Sasha and Malia. But when it comes to beets, “Uh-oh” she said. “The President doesn’t like beets. But it’s okay. We’re an equal opportunity garden.”