GOESAN, Sept 24 (Korea Bizwire) – The ‘US First Lady’s White House Kitchen Garden’ exhibited at the Goesan International Organic Expo was the perfect example of beauty in simplicity.
The garden reminds us of a weekend garden, small and simple. The fact that the garden is the ‘Michelle Obama garden’ would not even be noticeable were it not for the sign in front.
Officials from the expo’s organizing committee commented that they put extra thought into the garden so that the simplicity of the First Lady could stand out. They decided that it would be most effective to draw the attention of people towards organic businesses by showing how the American First Lady is taking an active role in organic farming.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s garden was recreated in almost the same way as the original in the southern part of the White House, but a few changes were made to suit the Korean climate. As well, the aisles were widened so that visitors could walk through the gardens.
A total of 26 different vegetables including lettuce, broccoli, onions, kale and cabbage were planted in the garden, just like the First Lady planted in her garden.
The organizing committee has been planning the garden since March, deciding that the image of First Lady Michelle Obama as a supporter of organic produce suits the theme of the expo, ‘Organic Life – Science Meets the Public’, very well. Michelle Obama is famous for growing vegetables to donate to food banks or to feed her family using a small garden at the White House.
Seeking to find ways to include a message from the First Lady, the organizing committee found an image of Michelle Obama growing vegetables in her garden. In June, they contacted the U.S. embassy and asked if they could recreate the kitchen garden from the White House. They received a positive response within a month.
The organizing committee mentioned that the U.S. embassy official that attended the opening of the expo thanked the committee for creating a great version of the First Lady’s garden.
Based on the successful expo, Goesan plans to invest 518.5 billion won until 2020 to make Chungbuk Province the center of organic farming.
By Lina Jang (firstname.lastname@example.org)