Michelle Obama to write book about White House garden

Laura Donovan Contributor
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First Lady Michelle Obama confirmed Wednesday that she’s teaming up with Crown Publishing Company to write a book on her White House garden, reports Politico.

The book will focus on the famous garden and promote healthy eating. The founder of anti-obesity campaign “Let’s Move”, the first lady is a strong advocate for eating well and exercise. The book will also have colored pictures of the White House garden.

According to Politico, Obama will not profit from the work and all proceeds will go towards charity.

News of the book deal came on Wednesday after Obama and a group of elementary school students met up on the White House South Lawn to plant the spring vegetable garden.

The first lady urged the young helpers to lobby their parents and grandparents to serve fruits and vegetables for dinner.

White House aides at the gathering did not comment specifically about the book, nor did they tell reporters at the event about it.

In March 2009, The Guardian reported that Obama and 26 children dug up a 1,100-square-foot organic kitchen garden on the White House South Lawn. Later that year, The Guardian reported that the White House garden had tested positive for high levels of lead. A White House spokesperson said the garden’s soil had lead concentrations of 93 parts per million of lead. The article noted that kids are advised to be tested for lead exposure if they play in areas where lead concentrations are higher than 100 parts per million.