I was happy to see a new article, “Extreme Makeover: White House Edition” in Friday’s Wall Street Journal by former House & Garden magazine editor Dominique Browning, whose books I discovered by accident and loved last summer. The first part of the article is devoted to redecorating the family quarters, frugally and comfortably, but the last part is about the grounds and garden. Ms. Browning suggests,
A few green acres carved out of that gloriously sunny lawn (irrigated with a “gray water system” that uses water from the showers and sinks for the lawn and gardens) will supply enough organically grown fruits and vegetables to feed the first family and friends — send the surplus to food banks or schools for their lunch programs. Let’s hope the Obamas become “locavores,” getting their meat and poultry* from the area’s small farms. And is there a beekeeper handy?** The Obamas can kick off another Victory Garden movement in America’s suburbs, but it needs a new name, as the original one grew out of war shortages and implies a vanquished enemy. To kick off the discussion, try Sunshine Gardens, symbolizing a return to sustainable farm practices using a plentiful energy supply.
Read the entire article here.
And just for fun, here’s the YouTube link, for MGM’s 1942 Barney Bear Victory Garden cartoon.
* Whether you live in Washington, DC, or Washington State, try the Local Harvest website (if you fill the two search windows with “meat” and “20500”, the White House zip code, you get four pages of listings)
Michael Pollan’s “Farmer In Chief” article in the October 9, 2008 New York Times Sunday Magazine