The Blog

Wow. Michelle Obama Hosts 'Let's Move' Garden Harvest at White House

This post was published on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and posted freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.

2015-11-19-1447941851-9916772-Mobama51024x853.jpg

All photos ©2015 Anna Wilding, Carpe Diem Films, LLC., and Herald de Paris. May not be used without permission.

A PHOTO ESSAY by Anna Wilding
Washington, DC -- A stunning and warm fall day greeted the First Lady and a handful of local students, that joined in the annual fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden. The joy on students faces was evident as the First Lady and her guests dug deep, side by side, and burrowed on hands and knees to pluck the ready harvest from the ground. Vegetables such as sweet potatoes, gourds, tomatoes, squash, and peanuts were produced with glee by tiny hands enjoying the great outdoors.

2015-11-19-1447941898-6998527-DSC_00991024x693.jpg

All photos ©2015 Anna Wilding, Carpe Diem Films, LLC., and Herald de Paris. May not be used without permission.

Michelle Obama created the White House Kitchen Garden in 2009, to initiate a conversation on the health and well being of Americans, in particular school children. This national conversation eventually led to the successful "Lets Move" campaign that has brought profound advances to the health of students nationwide. The White House Kitchen Garden supplies food for the First Family and their guests, for official White House events. Significantly, thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables have been shared with Miriam's Kitchen, a local organization that prepares fresh healthy meals for the homeless.

A great seed was sown in 2009, and it will bear fruit for years to come.

2015-11-19-1447941935-4812869-MObama421024x780.jpg

All photos ©2015 Anna Wilding, Carpe Diem Films, LLC., and Herald de Paris. May not be used without permission.

2015-11-19-1447941968-2866737-MOhouseparty2.jpg

All photos ©2015 Anna Wilding, Carpe Diem Films, LLC., and Herald de Paris. May not be used without permission.