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Children from the Washington area, help first lady Michelle Obama pick sweet potatoes as they harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the White House in Washington. Students from four District of Columbia schools helped the first lady with Tuesdayâs fall harvest. Afterward, some of the produce went into a chicken vegetable salad they ate for lunch. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
A 360 degree Google video camera is set up in front of first lady Michelle Obama as she and school children from the Washington area harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the White House in Washington. Students from four District of Columbia schools helped the first lady with Tuesdayâs fall harvest. Afterward, some of the produce went into a chicken vegetable salad they ate for lunch. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
First lady Michelle Obama, joined by school children from Washington area, waves to members of the media as they harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the White House in Washington. Students from four District of Columbia schools helped the first lady with Tuesdayâs fall harvest. Afterward, some of the produce went into a chicken vegetable salad they ate for lunch. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
First lady Michelle Obama, joined by school children from Washington area, harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the White House in Washington. Students from four District of Columbia schools helped the first lady with Tuesdayâs fall harvest. Afterward, some of the produce went into a chicken vegetable salad they ate for lunch. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
First lady Michelle Obama, joined by school children from Washington area, waves to members of the media as they harvest the White House Kitchen Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
First lady Michelle Obama, joined by school children from Washington area, participate in the harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Baskets of produce harvested at the White House Kitchen Garden by first lady Michelle Obama and school children from Washington area are displayed at the White House in Washington. Students from four District of Columbia schools helped the first lady with Tuesdayâs fall harvest. Afterward, some of the produce went into a chicken vegetable salad they ate for lunch. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Children from the Washington area greet the Obama family dogs, Sunny and Bo after participating in a harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
First lady Michelle Obama hugs school children from Washington area as they eat together on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, after participating in the harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden. Students from four District of Columbia schools helped the first lady with Tuesdayâs fall harvest. Afterward, some of the produce went into a chicken vegetable salad they ate for lunch. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
First lady Michelle Obama, joined by school children from Washington area, eat together on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, after participating in the harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden. Students from four District of Columbia schools helped the first lady with Tuesdayâs fall harvest. Afterward, some of the produce went into a chicken vegetable salad they ate for lunch. Also pictured is a 360 degree Google video camera, at right, which was set out to document the event. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
A girl from the Washington area greets the Obama family dogs, Sunny and Bo after participating in the harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the White House in Washington. Students from four District of Columbia schools helped the first lady with Tuesdayâs fall harvest. Afterward, some of the produce went into a chicken vegetable salad they ate for lunch. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
First lady Michelle Obama, joined by school children from Washington area, dig out sweet potatoes as they participate in a harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
First lady Michelle Obama, joined by school children from Washington area, participate in a harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
First lady Michelle Obama, joined by school children from Washington area, pick sweet potatoes as they participate in a harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the White House in Washington. Students from four District of Columbia schools helped the first lady with Tuesdayâs fall harvest. Afterward, some of the produce went into a chicken vegetable salad they ate for lunch. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
First lady Michelle Obama, joined by school children from Washington area, eat together after the harvesting of the White House Kitchen Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the White House in Washington. Students from four District of Columbia schools helped the first lady with Tuesdayâs fall harvest. Afterward, some of the produce went into a chicken vegetable salad they ate for lunch. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
First lady Michelle Obama, joined by school children from Washington area, jokes that she needs to put on gloves to protect her manicure during a harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the White House in Washington. Students from four District of Columbia schools helped the first lady with Tuesdayâs fall harvest. Afterward, some of the produce went into a chicken vegetable salad they ate for lunch. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
First lady Michelle Obama, joined by school children from Washington area, participate in the harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the White House in Washington. Students from four District of Columbia schools helped the first lady with Tuesdayâs fall harvest. Afterward, some of the produce went into a chicken vegetable salad they ate for lunch. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
First lady Michelle Obama, joined by school children from Washington area, pose for a group photograph as they harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the White House in Washington. Students from four District of Columbia schools helped the first lady with Tuesdayâs fall harvest. Afterward, some of the produce went into a chicken vegetable salad they ate for lunch. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A gloved Michelle Obama wielded a pitchfork Tuesday to show some student helpers how to harvest the sweet potatoes in her White House garden.

"We've got to dig these babies up," she said of the orange tubers as beads of perspiration on her forehead glistened in the afternoon sun. Students from four District of Columbia schools participated in the yearly fall harvest.

Some of the produce was tossed into a chicken vegetable salad that the group ate during an outdoor lunch on the South Lawn.

Carrots and peanuts were among the other crunchy edibles that were harvested.

Bees, including some from a nearby beehive, weren't officially part of the program, but they swarmed participants nonetheless. The first lady fanned them out of her face and she doubled over at one point at the picnic table after a bee apparently became caught in her long hair.

Mrs. Obama started the vegetable garden in 2009, her first year at the White House, to begin a national dialogue about healthy eating. The garden led to "Let's Move," her national initiative to combat childhood obesity.

Google also recorded Tuesday's harvest for a program it has that provides schools with guided virtual tours.

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