Michelle Obama has been busy moonlighting as the Santa Claus of gardening. The First Lady recently kicked off a nationwide garden tour by surprising D.C.-area growers and local school kids with gift bags full of backyard gardening goodies.
The tour began with Obama popping in on a group of 5th graders at Watkins Elementary School while they made tacos and kale salad with produce from their school garden. "I want the world to see all the great things you're doing and how you're learning so much about good eating from your garden and your school," she told them.
Hello, Watkins Elementary School! These students received some garden goodies during a surprise visit from the First Lady to help get their school garden started this year. Watkins is home to a bountiful schoolyard garden that helps teach students about the benefits of local sourced food. The First Lady helped the students whip up Three Sisters tacos, making corn tortillas from scratch with a side of kale salad using kale harvested from the school garden. #LetsMove
Next, the "First Gardener" headed to John Burroughs Elementary School in Brookland where she helped students separate worms from soil.
"It's really me! I can't believe I'm sitting here digging out worms with you guys," she said to the students while she sifted through soil.
Surprise! The First Lady visited the gardens under the tender care of the students of John Burroughs Elementary. Each winter the students plant seeds and learn about how fruits and vegetables grow outside their classroom windows. And they showed the First Lady the magic of worm composting as worms break down food waste and return the nutrients to the soil. #LetsMove
Obama's final stop in the video (below) was the garden of husband and wife team Eriks Brolis and Linda Bilsens, who have converted a lot adjacent to their home into a mini community farm.
SURPRISE! The First Lady dropped in to surprise unsuspecting gardeners in Washington, DC. Here's @MichelleObama with Eriks Brolis and Linda Bilsens, who have made gardening a family and community effort. Get ready for us to share more stories of gardens in backyards, schools, and more throughout the year!
The First Lady has been an advocate for healthy eating and the prevention of childhood obesity since she entered the White House, starting the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn in 2009, and most notably founding the Let's Move! campaign in 2010.
Watch the First Lady surprise D.C. gardeners in the video above.