The Road to Victory Garden

It’s a simple petition: “To the 44th President of the United States of America: We, the people, respectfully request that an organic farm be planted on the grounds of The White House, at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC.” The White House Organic Farm Project (TheWhoFarm for short) has been traveling the country in a crazy biodiesel-fueled school bus to further this cause, as Daniel Bowman Simon explains to SF Weekly’s Tamara Palmer in the alt-weekly’s SFoodie blog.

There actually appear to be two groups making this request. Kitchen Gardeners International’s Eat the View campaign has its own petition, worded a little differently: “We, the undersigned, are petitioning the next President of the United States to plant an organic food garden on the White House lawn, with part of the produce going to the White House kitchen and the rest to local food pantries.”

Both movements point out that the idea’s not new—Eleanor Roosevelt planted a Victory Garden at the White House in 1943.

Kitchen Gardeners International founder Roger Doiron even made an inspirational video, set to Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” to help the cause:

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