Children help first lady Michelle Obama plant White House garden

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is harvesting vegetables and plants at the White House with children from across the country for the first time.

The first lady was helped by school children from New York, Pennsylvania and North Carolina in planting potatoes, spinach, broccoli, carrots, radishes and onions at her fourth annual spring planting. Children from Washington-area schools, who have helped in previous years, also joined in the harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden.

It is the first vegetable garden at the executive mansion since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden.

White House Chefs Cris Comerford, Sam Kass and Bill Yosses were also on hand to help the children with sowing plants.

Mrs. Obama said the kitchen garden is part of her Let’s Move! initiative to spark discussion about healthy eating habits for children.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.