We were thrilled to find out that America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama visited two locations in Brookland this past Thursday (wish we would have known ahead of time!). She surprised the kids at John Burroughs Elementary School and neighbors Eriks Brolis and Linda Bilsens to promote her ongoing campaign to solve the problem of obesity within a generation. Check out the video below:
From her Let’s Move! website:
The garden program at John Burroughs started in 2011 through a partnership with the Washington Youth Garden. It has continued to grow to include 10 raised beds for vegetable gardening, two in-ground beds for herbs and pollinator habitat, four courtyard garden beds for the Head Start scholars, as well as a newly planted fruit orchard. During the winter months, students start seeds and continue learning about healthy eating in an indoor garden classroom…While the First Lady was at John Burroughs, she joined the students in helping to prepare for their spring garden by planting cabbage seeds to start growing indoors and separating worms from the compost…For her last stop, the First Lady visited Eriks Brolis and Linda Bilsens who reside in the Brookland neighborhood of DC. Eriks and Linda started their garden in 2013 because they wanted to demonstrate how to live a lifestyle that was sustainable through growing and eating nutritious and delicious food. The garden occupies the entire backyard in the adjacent lot in addition to their own backyard, and the couple and their family maintain and use the garden all year long, helping to feed their family, relatives, and neighbors. The family also uses a compost machine to avoid any waste and ensure healthy nutrients go back into the soil in their garden. Expanding the impact of their garden into the broader community, the family also welcomes community members to their garden, even hosting workshops on various gardening topics. The family gave Mrs. Obama a tour of their garden and showed her their homemade compost sifter in action.
John Burroughs Educational Campus is located at 1820 Monroe Street, NE and neighbors Eriks Brolis and Linda Bilsens live on the 900 block of Lawrence NE.