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California gets a garden too

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First there was the edible garden at the White House -- that's First Lady Michelle Obama helping elementary school students break ground  on it last Friday, the first day of spring.

Now, it's Sacramento's turn. This spring, a public edible garden will be planted in Capitol Park, California First Lady Maria Shriver announced on Ag Day.

"This new garden will bring awareness to children, students and visitors about the important role of food, where it comes from, nutritional value, how it is grown and harvested and ultimately how it reaches the tables of those who need it most," she said Monday.

Shriver said she's getting help from many people, including state Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura and Alice Waters, the chef who established the Edible Schoolyard gardening and food program at a middle school in Berkeley.

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Michelle Obama orders up White House garden (no beets needed)

Michelle

First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign to encourage healthy eating gets underway in earnest with the groundbreaking for a White House garden. The garden, slated for the South Lawn, will help supply produce for the White House kitchen. There will be dozens of organic vegetables planted, including arugula. But no beets.

Somewhere, Alice Waters is rejoicing.

Chez Panisse founder Waters, who was featured in a "60 Minutes" profile Sunday night on CBS, has been one of the most vocal proponents of an organic vegetable garden on the White House lawn. (Read more about the interview and see the video here.)

Photo: First Lady Michelle Obama with White House head chef Cristeta Comerford, center, and pastry chef William Yosses. Credit: Getty Images

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