Michelle Obama made it trendy to create a garden as part of her new initiative, Let’s Move!, to stamp out childhood obesity and diabetes. The first lady planted a garden on the South Lawn of the White House last March, working with a group of fifth graders from Bancroft Elementary School. Her goal was to educate children about nutrition.
Now actress Jennie Garth, best known for her role in Beverly Hills 90210, has emulated Mrs. Obama by turning part of her yard into a vegetable garden. She wants her daughters to learn all about the benefits of eating organic produce. Garth, who grew up on a farm, says that she misses being able to hand pick her fruits and vegetables and adds that, since her children love to get their hands dirty, the garden is sure to be successful. She encourages her girls to help prepare the foods for dinner.
“They really are invested and they care about what they’re eating,” says Garth. “Kids like the vegetables when they’re raw, actually, and they can dip them into ranch dressing or chocolate; I don’t care as long as they’re eating their vegetables!”
The actress, who is also a spokesperson for the American Heart Association and Hidden Valley Ranch’s Garden Party, has planted lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, sugar snap peas, and strawberries. It’s the perfect time of year to plan your garden – what will you grow?