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Growing Youth Project vies for White House Farmer spot

Submitted by on 1, January 27, 2009 – 7:45 amNo Comment

Alameda Point Collaborative chief Doug Biggs shot us an e-mail Monday to ask for your vote to send the collaborative’s Growing Youth Project to the White House.

A Midwestern farming family is heeding the call of Berkeley foodie author Michael Pollan to create the role of White House farmer by setting up a web page to take nominations. Nominations and voting close Saturday, January 31, and the Growing Youth Project, which hires teens to grow food at the collaborative, is on the list. The top three vote-getters in this contest will be forwarded to the President.

Biggs said the contest’s aim is “highlighting innovative community leaders that are addressing food security issues. The winner, its proponents said on their site, will

be charged with transforming “five prime south-facing acres of the White House lawn and plant[ing] in their place an organic fruit and vegetable garden” whose produce will be used by the White House Chef, and given to area food banks.

You can check out the project’s profile here (and click here to vote). And if you want to know more about the project, you can check out this profile I did of leader Kate Casale.

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