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This Lawn is Your Lawn: Let's Grow a Food Garden on the White House Lawn

10/28/2008 11:53:44 AM

Tags: Eater in Chief, Eat the View, White House food garden

A few months ago, we told you about the exciting campaign to get the next President — our Eater-in-Chief — to grow an organic food garden on the White House lawn. Well, the campaign is still going strong (with coverage in more than 500 newspapers and support from the likes of Michael Pollan), and its founder Roger Doiron, has come up with plenty of new ways you can participate. The First Lawn is your lawn, after all.

1. Sign the petition.

2. Vote for this idea at, which is sort of a suggestion box for great ideas and projects the next President could implement.

3. Bid on the concept in an Ebay charity auction. (All money raised will go to support the campaign and the great work Doiron is doing over at nonprofit Kitchen Gardeners International.)

4. Watch this video to learn more about the “Eat The View” campaign:

This Lawn is Your Lawn - Original Version from roger doiron on Vimeo.

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6/3/2011 10:02:05 PM
Someone told me y advertise how to plant a quick lawn with things that y put in the ground Ty

Vi Davidson
3/24/2009 4:23:41 PM
Our Commander in Chief, Barak Obama is a real person. I believe he will, indeed, consider this. There are rules involved in anything he does and as an extremely intelligent man, I personally believe, he will "listen" and consider all objectives. "This lawn is your lawn" is an interesting concept, however, the ramifications to alter a National Monument may be restricted. Look past this effort and see the other accomplishments he has done in such a short time and give him a little breathing room. There is much to be done. In the meantime, plant your garden, help your neighbor plant a garden, share seeds and knowledge. This alone will aide in the furtherance of "unity" and will allow us to shoulder some of the responsibility for "change" in a positive manner. Be part of the solution, not part of a problem nor add to the load. Put your shoulder to the wheel. Perhaps a viable suggestion would be to display removable planters. The security at the White House has protocol which must be followed and altering the "landscape" would entail much intricate alteration of plans, procedures and more valuable time which could be best served on a National scale such as feeding inter-city children. Join a group to plant gardens in the drug-addled alleys and vacant corner garbage dumps thrive. Look past a well-meaning suggestion and put this effort where it might best be utilized - in our own neighborhoods? In the neighborhoods where it is needed most. Best Regards, comments and critique appreciated. Violette

11/15/2008 4:06:32 PM
Interesting concept, kind of like Britain's Prince Charles with his organic garden at his Highgrove estate. I feel sorry for Obama; it's as if all the people feel justified in having him do what they want just because they paid federal taxes. Everybody will have their hand out. Those taxes do a lot more than cut the White House lawn, and I don't feel one is entitled to special favors just because of having to pay them. The concept is admirable, the reasoning is ludicrous.


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