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Michelle Obama gets her hands dirty

The US’ hip and glamorous First Lady started a new tradition 2009 when they first arrived in the White House and took over the South Lawn to turn it into a vegetable patch.

The South Lawn has since been known to the public as the White House Kitchen Garden.

Michelle Obama can be credited for turning gardening into a trend in the US, and if she would have her way, a way of life for many.

The garden was the seed from which her Let’s Move initiative grew.

On April 5, 2016, she welcomed students to the South Lawn for the eighth and her final time as First Lady for the annual springtime tradition.

“It was eight years ago that we cooked up this really interesting idea that maybe we could dig up some dirt on the South Lawn…and we would plant a wonderful garden that would be a space for us to talk about the food we eat,” Michelle Obama said during the event.

The students participate in school garden programs in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Louisiana and a couple of elementary schools in Washington DC.

This year, she was joined by NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman and Astronaut Cady Coleman.

They planted the same variety of lettuce that is grown on the international space station.

“We’ve seen an increase in the number of folks that are planting community gardens in their neighborhoods.

They’re even doing some community gardening in space, as we understand, which takes the concept to a whole other level,” Michelle said. (By: Eileen A. Mencias)

Kids checking out the @WhiteHouse Kitchen Garden during the #EasterEggRoll today. #LetsCelebrate

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