- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 16, 2013


First lady Michelle Obama’s edible garden is turning into a weed garden, and that which isn’t turning as brown as her thumb is being eaten by animals — of the four-legged nature.

The Kitchen Garden is a victim of the shutdown (just like the schoolchildren I wrote about Monday).

The news comes from obamafoodorama.blogspot.com, which says “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,” obamafoodorama said.

As for nourishment, about all the garden has been getting since the shutdown is lots of water from staff, and whatever sun and rain the good Lord has been offering.

Trash is removed but no weeding or harvesting.

During the shutdown, “gardeners are not allowed to harvest the crops,” “weeds are springing up everywhere, and the vegetables that have already fallen off the vines are now mouldering on the ground.”

That is, if they are not being gobbled by squirrels and other creatures.

Of course, that is not for whom the food was intended.

The White House Kitchen Garden was intended as a health, education and welfare tool for animals of the two-legged variety.

Children would learn the meaning of sowing and reaping, as well as cooking and eating more nutritious foods.

Food banks would benefit from a White House-grown bounty, and guests at state dinners would savor dishes tended to and made at the hands of staff at White House.

Because October is a big harvest month, the White House already has chosen D.C.-based Miriam’s Kitchen, which feeds the homeless and the hungry, to reap from what remains of the seasonal crop.

Right now, with the brown, rotting produce providing a wildlife buffet, it’s anyone’s guess how large that bounty will be.

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