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First lady, kids get to work in the White House garden

October 29, 2009 |  5:40 pm

Whitehouse First Lady Michelle Obama joined some elementary school children in the White House garden again today to harvest vegetables.

"These sweet potatoes are huge! They're huge. So, hopefully,  you guys will be able to pull up some of these huge sweet potatoes," she told students from Bancroft and Kimball schools.

Joining them was Jim Adams, the chief horticulturist from the White House. The first lady told the children, according to the White House press office, that he "helped us figure out where to put things, how to make it beautiful and to make sure that the food was going to grow."

She said that more than 740 pounds of food has been harvested from the garden. And she had the children guessing at the cost of planting the garden. Guesses reached as high as $6,000. But the cost was $180, she said.

-- Mary MacVean

Photo: A girl from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington, D.C., reacts as she sees the sweet potato being held by First Lady Michelle Obama as they harvest vegetables from the garden on the South Lawn. Credit: Associated Press.

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