It sounds questionable when you first hear it, but some people want Obama to plow up five acres of the White House lawn and turn it into a garden that will feed the first family and guests of the White House and give the surplus to food banks in the DC area. Here is one man's letter of application. Hmm . . . it is not a bad idea. After all, that's what we're doing here. There was a big beautiful lawn to the east of our house when we first moved here. The suburbanite in me loved the perfectly lush lawn. The homesteader in me knew that the smart thing to do was to turn it into a garden.
Supposedly Eleanor Roosevelt had an acre of the White House lawn turned into a garden during World War II, which encouraged citizens to start their own victory gardens. Reportedly, Americans were able to grow about 40% of their own food in their backyards at that time. That's pretty impressive.
A biology professor at Joliet Junior College is trying to start a community garden there. After all, the college has one of the best cooking schools in the country, so it would make perfect sense for them to have access to the freshest possible ingredients. I've wondered why more colleges and universities don't have gardens to produce food for their cafeterias. Most of them certainly have the land for a garden.
As for the White House farmer, it would be interesting to see how Americans responded to such an appointment and to the idea of a White House garden. A couple weeks ago, I asked if I were smart, nuts, or trendy, and I imagine most Amerians would choose one of those words to describe a White House garden by the new administration.