Michelle, Michelle, our country’s belle,
How does your garden grow?
No pesticides, no herbicides,
Just healthy children in a row!
If you’ve missed the buzz (and I’m not referring to the healthy sound of insects) over the First Lady’s organic garden, there are still plenty of places to catch up and a petition to sign if you’d like to support organic.
The Mid America CropLife Association (MACA), wasn’t too pleased that the White House garden would be organic; and in fact, two representatives of the association who “shuddered at the thought” wrote the First Lady a letter, published and discussed here on La Vida Locavore, encouraging her to consider using “crop protection products.”
You can read a perspective from the agricultural industry and call to action for MACA members here.
My mother has fun telling about the ‘crop protection method’ used in their Michigan farm garden while she was growing up. SHE pulled the weeds and hand-picked fat, juicy bugs from the plants. We had fun doing that with our children in our gardens, too, although I’m sure they picked (and ate) more fresh garden goodies than bugs off those plants every time!