At the harvest, it was a reunion of folks who have worked with us on our Let’s Move! efforts over the years, from school nutrition to food marketing to physical activity. In fact, three people who were here at the very beginning to help get the garden started, former Let’s Move! Executive Director Sam Kass, Former White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, and White House Grounds Superintendent Dale Haney joined in on the fun. In addition, the First Lady also had help in the garden from Sesame Street’s Elmo and Rosita, NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Al Roker of The TODAY Show, Ashanti, Alonzo Mourning, Farmer and CEO of Growing Power Will Allen, Burke County School Nutrition Director Donna Martin, and President of the Produce Marketing Association Cathy Burns.
But of course the most important helpers are the students! Throughout the last seven and a half years, the First Lady has invited kids to work with her on planting and harvesting the garden. Kids that currently participate in Let’s Move! programsjoined for the final harvest as did students from two local D.C. schools who regularly help in the garden, Bancroft Elementary School and Harriet Tubman Elementary School. In fact, two former Bancroft Elementary students, Tammy Nguyen and Dorotea Debelack, who were at the very first harvest in 2009 also came back to help for this special reunion.