— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 22, 2017
“I’m a big believer in healthy eating because it reflects on your mind and your body, and I encourage you to continue to eat a lot of vegetables and fruits so you grow up healthy and take care of yourself,” the first lady said to the kids before digging in. “It’s very important.”
In a statement, she noted, “Health, nurturing, and positive environments are instrumental in enhancing the well-being and mindfulness of all children. They learn so much through their surroundings and the White House Kitchen Garden is a prime example of how children can enjoy the outdoors and learn about health eating and living, while also gaining an understanding of the White House and its rich history.”
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 22, 2017
Wearing a red plaid button-down shirt from Balmain that retails for $1,362, black pants, and $64.99 Jack Purcell Converse sneakers, FLOTUS gamely threw on her gardening gloves and got to work picking cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, artichokes, peppers, and more. She kept her hair down and sunglasses on throughout the event.
The 2,800-square-foot garden on the South Lawn of the White House was a project of former first lady Michelle Obama created as part of her Let’s Move! campaign. While its maintenance was reportedly in jeopardy after Donald Trump took office in January, a $2.5 million grant from the Burpee Foundation in partnership with the National Park Foundation saved the program.
Senior advisor Stephanie Winston Wolkoff also noted in February that the Trump administration, and Melania specifically, would maintain the garden and continue its outreach efforts. “As a mother and as the first lady of this country, Mrs. Trump is committed to the preservation and continuation of the White House gardens, specifically the first lady’s Kitchen Garden and the Rose Garden,” she told CNN.
Crops grown in the garden are used by White House chefs, who were on hand to help along with National Park rangers, and excess produce is donated to a local Washington, D.C., charity.
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