Powell Elementary School children pulling beets from their Habitat Garden in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 13, 2012 were surprised also find turnips growing in the garden.

Powell Elementary School children pulling beets from their Habitat Garden in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 13, 2012 were surprised also find turnips growing in the garden.

Eight years ago, using a garden shovel as her lightening rod, First Lady Michelle Obama urged the nation to get serious about eating, exercising and educating its way to better health. In the District, the First Lady’s call was just what policymakers and the nascent school gardening movement needed to bolster attention to their causes: access to nutritious food, and education and equity for residents living in the city’s “food deserts.” Today, the District leads the nation in progressive food policies and programs, but its most popular figurehead is about to leave the White House. Kojo explores the successes and setbacks in this citywide movement, and finds out how momentum will continue in a post-Obama era.

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  • Spike Mendelsohn Chef and Owner, Good Stuff Eatery, Béarnaise, and We The Pizza
  • Lauren Shweder Biel Executive Director, DC Greens

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