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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Kitchen Garden is Wrecked – Caused by the White House Shutdown

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Squirrel feasting. The showcase plot is filled with unharvested vegetables and weeds, and wildlife running amok. Photo by Eddie Gehman Kohan.

The gardeners are not allowed to harvest the crops!

By Eddie Gehman Kohan
Obama Foodorama
Oct 11, 2013

Excerpt:

Washington, DC – The first government shutdown in seventeen years has had a dramatic impact on First Lady Michelle Obama’s world-famous Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn, currently bursting with more than thirty kinds of vegetables, including Presidential pumpkins awaiting harvest just in time for Halloween.

In the eleven days since the shutdown began on Oct. 1, the pounds and pounds of ripe organic bounty have gone to waste. The vegetables filling the 1,500 square-foot plot are now rotting away on the vines and in the boxed beds, thanks to the mandate for “minimal maintenance” placed on the skeletal crew of National Park Service gardeners who remain on duty at 1600 Penn.

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Decade of Dedication to an Urban Garden in Harlem, New York City

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Pearl Spivey of the Bronx tended to the last of her season’s harvest at the Harlem community garden she helped create in 2002. Photo by Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times.

It is one of more than 730 community gardens that have been created at public housing projects and community centers since 1963 through a program of the New York City Housing Authority.

By Winnie Hu
New York Times
October 3, 2013

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Ms. Spivey’s vegetables come from a garden that sprawls over half a city block and seems to have been plucked from the English countryside with well-tended beds, paved walkways, benches and old-fashioned lamps. It is one of more than 730 community gardens that have been created at public housing projects and community centers since 1963 through a program of the New York City Housing Authority.

The program, known as Garden and Greening, started out as a flower-garden contest that was intended to beautify housing projects.

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Fiskars Community Garden Grants Available – Up to $5000

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Since its inception, Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb has provided over $1.3 million to 140 community groups

Apply for your 2014 Project Orange Thumb Grant today – apply by Dec. 31, 2013

It’s time for Fiskars Project Orange Thumb to begin another year of neighborhood beautification, and this is your chance to bring our community gardening initiative to your area. If you’re part of a community garden group or civic organization in the U.S. or Canada, simply apply to our grant program by December 31. Your organization could receive $5,000 in cash and garden tools to help you reach your goals of community change. Your group could even be the recipient of a complete garden makeover, in which the Project Orange Thumb team comes to your neighborhood and turns unused space into a beautiful community garden in just one day! Grant recipients will be announced March 31, 2014.

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