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Stories, Inspiration, and Recipes for Every Season
Spring: A Season of Hope and New Beginnings
For me, spring has always been a season of hope and a time for new beginnings. Such was the case with our White House Kitchen Garden, which marked the beginning of a learning process for all who planted and tended it. Our garden also helped us begin a national conversation about the food we eat and the impact it has on our children’s health. Ultimately, the White House Kitchen Garden is an expression of my hopes for them: Just as each seed we plant has the potential to become something extraordinary, so does every child.
Summer: Growing Gardens and Stronger Communities
In our garden, summer is a season of growth, with tiny seedlings sprouting into lush plants and new vegetables ripening every day. But gardens also grow so much more. They bring people together—family, friends, neighbors, even strangers united by their desire for a successful harvest. And they give us a chance to work with, and learn from, each other, reminding us of all we have in common and helping us grow stronger, more connected communities.
Fall: Harvesting and Sharing the Fruits (and Vegetables) of Our Labors
For us, fall is the main harvest season, a time when we reap the fruits (and vegetables) of all those months of hard work. But our gardens yield far more than fresh, delicious food. Individuals and organizations across our country are also using their harvests to help others by feeding the hungry, bringing fresh food into underserved neighborhoods, educating our children, and inspiring the next generation of gardeners.
Winter: Getting Creative and Building a Foundation for Seasons to Come
Winter is a time for reflection, when we look back at the past year and marvel at how the tiny seeds we planted all those months ago blossomed into a thriving garden.
Plummeting temperatures and drifting snow make gardening a challenge, but with ingenuity and hard work, we’ve been able to grow in ways we never thought possible.
The same can be said of our work to build a healthier future for our children. Those first seeds we planted in our garden helped start a conversation that grew into a nationwide movement as people across this country united to address the challenge of childhood obesity. And together, with determination and creativity, we have begun building the foundation for a healthier generation and a healthier nation.
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