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Photos: Michelle Obama and UN Spouses Visit Stone Barns Center

September 27, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama treated the spouses of world leaders participating in the UN General Assembly to a local, organic luncheon at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, an NSAC member group (see last week’s post).  The 31 “first spouses,” representing a diversity of countries including Cameroon, Estonia, Gabon, Norway, Panama and Sierra Leone, enjoyed tours of the farm followed by a luncheon at “Blue Hills at Stone Barns,” an award-winning restaurant that sources its food from the Center’s farm.  During the tours, they mingled with children from a local school, who demonstrated their new found skills at harvesting vegetables and collecting eggs as part of the Center’s child education programs.

“The real beauty comes when you see the kids,” Mrs. Obama said in an interview with the New York Times.  “They were focused on their tomato picking.  And to see the kids in the chicken coops, picking the eggs, and they were excited, and they want to show you what they’ve done, and they have information and intelligence about the food that they’re eating, you see that excitement.  It’s going to change the way they think about food and how they eat.”

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 visits the vegetable field at Stone Barns with Jill Isenbarger, Executive Director of Stone Barns Center, Dan Barber, Executive Chef/Co-Owner of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and several of the honored guests. Photo: Jonathan Young

Stone Barns Center's Livestock Manager, Craig Haney, talks to the group about the Center's pasture-raised hens. Photo: Jonathan Young

Categories: Local & Regional Food Systems, Organic

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