Obamas Urged to Turn the White House Green

Advocates push for new first family to take up organic farming
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2009 9:22 AM CST
Green groups urging Obama to start a White House farm note that past administrations have used the ample grounds to grow a lot more than roses.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – Advocates for all kinds of green causes are hoping to find newly fertile ground for their ideas at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the Wall Street Journal reports. Several groups are pushing for the president-elect to lead by example and plant an organic garden on the White House's ample grounds. Others urge the president to install solar panels or an outdoor clothesline.

Activists have been heartened by Obama's recent pledge to "remind people that this is the people's house," and those keen to see the next first family producing home-grown veggies have received an enthusiastic response. "I love the idea of planting a victory garden at the White House," Michelle Obama wrote to one. "I'm surprised that it hasn't happened already."