The first lady tends to the White House garden

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 05: A student waters the White House Kitchen Garden on April 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. The garden, which Mrs. Obama started in 2009, provides fruits and vegetables to the White House kitchen. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 05: Chinese cabbage is planted in the White House Kitchen Garden on April 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. The garden, which Mrs. Obama started in 2009, provides fruits and vegetables to the White House kitchen. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 05: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama gestures as she plants the White House Kitchen Garden with students on April 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. The garden, which Mrs. Obama started in 2009, provides fruits and vegetables to the White House kitchen. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 05: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama plants the White House Kitchen Garden with students on April 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. The garden, which Mrs. Obama started in 2009, provides fruits and vegetables to the White House kitchen. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 05: Students plant the White House Kitchen Garden on April 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. The garden, which Mrs. Obama started in 2009, provides fruits and vegetables to the White House kitchen. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 05: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama plants Chinese cabbage in the White House Kitchen Garden on April 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. The garden, which Mrs. Obama started in 2009, provides fruits and vegetables to the White House kitchen. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 05: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama chats with students who help plant the White House Kitchen Garden on April 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. The garden, which Mrs. Obama started in 2009, provides fruits and vegetables to the White House kitchen. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
First lady Michelle Obama, left, walks with Debra Eschmeyer, right, Executive Director of Let's Move! program, during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
First lady Michelle Obama, center, holds up NASA food labels, that where give to her by NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman, left, and astronaut Cady Coleman, right, after planting vegetables during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
First lady Michelle Obama, center, meets with students who participated in the first White House Kitchen Garden in 2009, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
First lady Michelle Obama, center, and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, far left, pose with students from across the country for a group photograph, after helping plant vegetables during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
First lady Michelle Obama gives a 'high-five' to Miles Frost, 10, from Kemper Elementary in Cortez, Colo., after helping plant vegetables during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
First lady Michelle Obama with students from across the country, begin to plant vegetables during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
First lady Michelle Obama, center, with Malik Robins, 11, from Arthur Ashe Charter School in New Orleans, La., left, and Erin Hinson, 10, from Washburn Elementary in Washburn, Wis., help plant vegetables during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
First lady Michelle Obama, center, and students from across the country, plant vegetables during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. On the right is Debra Eschmeyer, Executive Director of Let's Move! program. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
First lady Michelle Obama and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman plant vegetables during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Wearing a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers, first lady Michelle Obama, reaches down for her garden tool as she helps plant vegetables during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
First lady Michelle Obama, with students from across the country, plant vegetables during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
First lady Michelle Obama, left, with NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman, right, astronaut Cady Coleman, center, and students from across the country, plant vegetables during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
First lady Michelle Obama speaks to students from across the country before they help plant vegetables during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
First lady Michelle Obama, left, with students from across the country, plant vegetables during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. From left are, Mrs. Obama, Miles Frost, 10, center, from Kemper Elementary in Cortez, Colo., and Erin Hinson, right, 10, from Washburn Elementary in Washburn, Wis. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Students from Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA) bring an earthworm for first lady Michelle Obama, left, and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, right, to look at as they help plant vegetables during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
First lady Michelle Obama, left, with Miles Frost, 10, center, from Kemper Elementary in Cortez, Colo., and Erin Hinson, 10, right, from Washburn Elementary in Washburn, Wis., pant vegetables during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
First lady Michelle Obama, with students from across the country, plant vegetables during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. With Obama are from l-r, Miles Frost, 10, from Kemper Elementary in Cortez, Colo., Malik Robins, 11, from Arthur Ashe Charter School in New Orleans, LA. Erin Hinson, 10, from Washburn Elementary in Washburn, Wis. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
First lady Michelle Obama, with students from across the country, plant vegetables during the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. With Obama are from l-r, Miles Frost, 10, from Kemper Elementary in Cortez, Colo., Malik Robins, 11, from Arthur Ashe Charter School in New Orleans, LA. Erin Hinson, 10, from Washburn Elementary in Washburn, Wis. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The White House Garden before the arrival of the first lady Michelle Obama and students from across the country for the planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Debra Eschmeyer, Executive Director of Let's Move! program, places vegetable plants in the beds before the arrival of first lady Michelle Obama and students from across the country for the eight annual White House Kitchen Garden planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Eight years ago first lady Michelle Obama broke ground on the White House vegetable garden.

Each year since she has invited children from around the country as well as special guests to assist her in planting delicious vegetables for the upcoming warm months.

Mrs.Obama was inspired by the work of community gardens and thought it would be a wonderful way to open up dialogue on the foods we eat.

Students from Wisconsin, Louisiana, Colorado participated as well as local students in the District of Columbia.

This years special guests included NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, who planted Chinese cabbage, the same plant that was grown inside the International Space Station.

First lady, students plant White House garden

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