Eat the View is a campaign to turn part of the White House's 18 acre lawn back into an edible landscape. The Garden of Eatin' video tells the story of the "America's Garden" from 1800 when President John Adams planted the first "first vegetables" to feed his own family to the present day. It ends by peeking optimistically into the future when the next President, seeing how our world is changing, announces plans to replant America's garden, inspiring countless citizens to grow some of their own delicious, healthy, and environmentally responsible food.
Go slap your electronic John Henry on the White House Food Garden Petition:
We, the undersigned, are petitioning President-elect Obama to plant a large organic food garden or Victory Garden on the First Lawn with the produce going to the White House kitchen and local food pantries. The White House is "America's House" and should serve as a model at a time of economic and environmental crisis. President-elect Obama would not be breaking with tradition, but returning to it (the White House has had food gardens before) and leading by personal example on global challenges such as food security, climate change, and energy independence.
Another related audacious project is the White House Organic Farm Project, with some creative roof-top gardening on this converted schoolbus:
Visit the White House Organic Farm Project and sign this petition to President Obama:
We, the people, respectfully request that an organic farm be planted on the grounds of The White House, at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC.
The White House Organic Farm (aka TheWhoFarm) will be a model for healthy, economical and sustainable living everywhere. It will serve as an educational tool and economic aid, and as a means to provide food security in the Nation’s Capitol. It will reconnect the Office of the Presidency to the self-sufficient agricultural roots of America's Founding Fathers.
Please head over to Change.org and vote to Green the White House:
The White House is “America’s House” and should set a positive example. President Obama and his family must go beyond the "changing lightbulbs" strategy that previous First Families have used and adopt a "changing lifestyles" approach.