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

March 19, 2009 |  4:58 pm


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