The Obama Presidential Center, set to open on Chicago’s South Side in 2025, has announced plans for a fruit and vegetable garden, a nod to former first lady Michelle Obama’s focus on healthy eating. But her name honors another “trailblazer and humanitarian” who amplified “her husband’s agenda,” Eleanor Roosevelt, said Valerie Jarrett, executive director of the Obama Foundation. The planned garden will incorporate produce that is culturally significant to Chicago and the Black experience in the United States, and the crops will be used for downtown food service. The center is working with the Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative, which converts vacant lots into community gardens on the South Side. “One of the goals of the presidential center is not only to educate people about the legacy of President and Mrs. Obama, but also to help people learn and act in their own lives,” said Ms. Jarrett.
Eleanor Roosevelt Fruit and Vegetable Garden, Obama Presidential Center, obama.org/the-center.
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