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Michelle Obama to Host “First Spouses” at Stone Barns Center

September 22, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama will host a Farm-to-Table luncheon this Friday, September 24, for the spouses of world leaders participating in this week’s UN General Assembly at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, an NSAC member group.

The Center is a non-profit working farm and education center in Pocantico Hills, NY, dedicated to celebrating, teaching, and advancing community-based food production and the enjoyment of fresh, nutritious food.

Mrs. Obama and the other “first spouses” will take tours of the farm and watch students from a local school demonstrate their experiences in hands-on farming with the Center’s child education programs, including harvesting vegetables and collecting eggs from pasture-raised hens. The farm tour will be followed by a luncheon at “Blue Hill at Stone Barns,” an award-winning restaurant that serves fresh, local food from the Center’s farm.

“We are honored that the First Lady and her guests will be visiting Stone Barns and will have an opportunity to see how students here are learning about healthy foods,” said Jill Isenbarger, Executive Director of Stone Barns Center.  “Today’s children are the next generation of decision-makers, and the future of our food system is in their hands.”

This event is one of many in Mrs. Obama’s campaign to put the spotlight on nutrition.  Mrs. Obama invited spouses of leaders attending the Pittsburgh G20 Summit last fall to a similar event: dinner at Rosemont Farm, the home of Teresa Heinz Kerry, a working farm that raises livestock and produces fruits and vegetables, some of which were used in the meal.

Last spring, Mrs. Obama broke ground on the new White House Kitchen garden with students from a local school.  Since then, the garden has yielded 1,600 pounds of vegetables, berries and herbs which have been used in various White House events and donated to local soup kitchens, according to the White House press release.

Categories: Local & Regional Food Systems, Organic

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