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First Lady Michelle Obama and school children harvest vegetables from organic garden on grounds of White House. Official White House photo.
Michelle Obama hosted a "harvest party" in the White House's organic kitchen garden, June 17. With a troupe of local school children helping out, Mrs. Obama began picking summer crops produced by the world's most famous backyard veggie patch.

The kids attending the event were the very same ones who helped break ground for the garden back in March. After gathering lettuce and sugar snap peas, they accompanied the First Lady back to the White House kitchen. There, they prepared a healthful lunch incorporating some of their homegrown greens and berries.

Photos and a video clip of the harvest are posted online at the official White House Briefing Room blog. You'll notice that Michelle was her usual casually chic self, donning colorful slacks and a coordinating fitted cardigan. Hardly genuine harvesting attire.

But, hey, why nitpick? It's all for a great cause. Her aim, said Mrs. Obama, was to help educate young Americans about the importance of healthy food choices, especially given soaring levels of obesity and related maladies, such as Type 2 diabetes.

According to White House staff, 90 pounds of produce have been grown to date. Of course, there was never any doubt that the Obama garden would be a success. With dozens of experts on board to advise, along with hired minions to do all the real grunt work, you'd be hard pressed to fail, right?

On the other hand, talk about pressure: When the whole world is watching, you better make darn sure to grow some really nice veggies -- lots of them!

Get the skinny on organics and everything natural at our sister site, Green Daily. Then skip on over to AOL Home's Gardening pages to read more about the latest gardening trends. Photo galleries, growing tips, garden makeovers and more are at your fingertips at AOL Home!

Has Michelle Obama's White House garden inspired YOU to give organic gardening a try?
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