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Michelle Obama Joins Kids For White House Garden Spring Planting (PHOTOS)

By STACY A. ANDERSON 03/26/12 04:54 PM ET AP

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Michelle Obama joins children on Monday at the White House for spring planting in the executive mansion's kitchen garden.

WASHINGTON -- Michelle Obama on Monday planted vegetables and plants at the White House with children from across the country as part of her broader initiative to promote healthy eating.

The first lady was helped by school children from New York, Pennsylvania and North Carolina in planting potatoes, spinach, broccoli, carrots, radishes and onions at her fourth annual spring planting. Children from Washington-area schools, who have helped in previous years, also joined in the planting of the White House garden.

The vegetable garden is the first at the executive mansion since Eleanor Roosevelt's Victory Garden.

White House chefs Cris Comerford, Sam Kass and Bill Yosses were also on hand to help the children with sowing plants.

Mrs. Obama said the kitchen garden is part of her Let's Move! Initiative to spark discussion about healthy eating habits for children.

"It's an important way to have a good conversation about your health," she told the children.

The children who were selected to help with the White House garden this year had written to Mrs. Obama about their own gardening experiences at school and in their community.

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First lady Michelle Obama holds two thumbs up at the end of the fourth annual Kitchen Garden spring planting March 26, 2012, at the White House. School kids from all around the nation joined the first lady for the annual planting.
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