Witnessing the White House garden’s winter bounty
In “Chewing the Scenery,” we round up interesting food-related videos from around the Web.
The White House has released a new video documenting the drama of Snowmaggedon … and the White House garden:
Despite two feet of snow, the White House garden managed to produce an impressive amount of lettuce, spinach, turnips, arugula, and carrots during January and February. Leeks, garlic, and even peas are already well along and will be harvested later in the spring. It’s hard to imagine a better advertisement for the USDA’s new hoop house-based winter growing programs. If the White House staff can produce this amount of food as a “hobby,” imagine what full-time professional farmers could manage with dedicated winter growing efforts.
The video also provides a spectacular time lapse sequence showing the falling and melting of this winter’s heavy snow on the garden itself.
White House food inititative coordinator and garden ambassador Sam Kass put it best when he said, “You’re not suposed to grow any food [during winter] and this is a lot of food. Look at all this! We’re doing pretty well.”
You said a mouthful, Mr. Kass.