Michelle Obama is putting a vegetable garden in the White House backyard, and she is having DC elementary students help her do it. This makes me happy. Because local food and health education is key, but also because my dad always had a one wherever we lived and still does, well not in his NYC apt. Have you ever tasted a tomato right off the plant? It’s the most amazing thing ever. The Obamas will feed their love of Mexican food with cilantro, tomatilloes and hot peppers. Lettuces will include red romaine, green oak leaf, butterhead, red leaf and galactic. There will be spinach, chard, collards and black kale. For desserts, there will be a patch of berries. And herbs will include some more unusual varieties, like anise hyssop and Thai basil. A White House carpenter who is a beekeeper will tend two hives for honey.