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George Ball, CEO of Burpee Seed, Urges White House to Continue Michelle Obama’s Kitchen Garden

Thursday, March 2, 2017 15:48
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A paver at the entrance of the White House Kitchen Garden, as seen in October. Credit Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press.

“You have a very high-pressure job so, Mr. Trump, you will get far more nutrition from more fresh vegetables,” he said in an interview.

By Kim Severson And Marian Burrosfeb
New York Times
Feb 27, 2017


He has urged Mrs. Trump to turn the garden into a showplace for Slovenian produce, the star of which would be the Raka red onion. It’s a hybrid that her maternal grandfather created by crossbreeding an Egyptian red onion with a local Slovenian onion from the town of Ptuj. It is named after his home village, which is known for its onions.

Mrs. Trump, whose mother left her work harvesting those onions for a job in a textile mill, does not appear to be particularly connected to her agricultural roots. But Mr. Ball plans to have seeds imported from Slovenia to present to her by the summer, and hopes he can persuade the first family to embrace vegetables, a point he has made in the opinion pages of some daily newspapers.

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Also see: Please, Melania Trump, save the White House Kitchen Garden


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