American Grown

  • by Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by Michelle Obama, Jim Adams, Charlie Brandts, Christeta Comerford, Sam Kass, Bill Yossesand
  • 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In April 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama planted a kitchen garden on the White House's South Lawn. It is a garden with roots in the American past, stretching back to George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, but it is also a garden very much designed for America's future. As fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs sprouted from the ground, this White House Kitchen Garden inspired a new conversation all across the country about the food we feed our families and the impact it has on the health and well-being of our children.
Now, in her first-ever book, American Grown, Mrs. Obama invites you inside the White House Kitchen Garden and shares its inspiring story, from the first planting to the latest harvest. Hear about her worries as a novice gardener: Would the new plants even grow? Learn about her struggles and her joys as lettuce, corn, tomatoes, collards and kale, sweet potatoes and rhubarb flourished in the freshly tilled soil. Get an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at every season of the garden's growth, with striking original photographs that bring its story to life. Try the unique recipes created by top White House chefs and made with ingredients freshly picked from the White House garden. And learn from the White House Garden team about how you can help plant your own backyard, school, or community garden.
Mrs. Obama's journey continues across the nation, sharing the stories of other gardens that have moved and inspired her. Here are the tales of a modern-day vegetable truck that brings fresh produce to underserved communities in Chicago, of Houston office workers who make the sidewalk bloom, of a New York City School that created a scented garden for the visually impaired, of a North Carolina garden that devotes its entire harvest to those less fortunate, and other stories of communities that are transforming the lives and health of their citizens.
With American Grown, Mrs. Obama tells the story of the White House Kitchen Garden, celebrates the bounty of our nation, and reminds us all of what we can grow together.

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EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD AND SCHOOL SHOULD HAVE A GARDEN

Would you listen to American Grown again? Why?

YES.
I WILL USE THE BOOK TO HELP ME GROW MY OWN GARDEN.
SINCE READING THE BOOK, I TRY TO WORK IN MY GARDEN AT LEAST 1 HOUR A DAY.


What other book might you compare American Grown to and why?

THIS BOOK IS AT THE TOP OF MY LIST.
GREAT INFORMATION.
MANY PROFESSIONAL AND VOLUNTEERS GIVE THEIR PERSONAL OPINIONS AND EXPERIENCES.
COLOR PICTURES HELP GIVE VISUAL EXAMPLES.
LEARN FROM OTHER GARDENERS AND OUR FUTURE GARDENS WILL KEEP GROWING AND BLOOMING WITH COMMITMENT TO JUST TRY.


What does Michelle Obama bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

FAMILY HISTORY.
MICHELLE OBAMA'S COMMITMENT AND ALL THE PEOPLE THAT GATHERED AROUND HER TO CREATE THE WHITE HOUSE GARDEN.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

THIS BOOK MADE ME ORDER SEEDS AND GO TO MY LOCAL NURSERIES AND BY ITEMS TO ENLARGE MY GARDEN.
I AM VOLUNTEERING AT A CHURCH THIS SUMMER, TO HELP TEACH 5-15 YEAR OLDS, HOW TO PLANT SEEDS AND START THEIR OWN GARDENS.


Any additional comments?

I AM GIVING THE BOOK TO PEOPLE I KNOW ARE INTERESTED IN EATING HEALTHY.
THIS CAN BE THE FIRST DAY OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO CREAT A HEALTHIER DAILY DIET.

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Inspirational

The First Lady brings important issues to the attention of Americans in her book, "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America." We all need to embrace healthier eating and activities to ensure a stronger America.

Mrs. Obama has proven to be an elegant, intelligent, and graceful First Lady and I am happy that she represents our nation in this position. May God bless and keep her!

I hope this is not her last book and hopefully the next will be UNabridged.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-29-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio