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)
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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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