Using mainly volunteer labor this public relations stunt is stated to have cost only $200.00, (which I find hard to believe since they had plants as well as seeds) let's look at that for a moment. Where is the average family who is already struggling to pay for what they have going to come up with the additional costs and the additional time to tend a garden in their own yards? The concept of Community Gardens which some areas have that help subsidize the costs would have been a better option to promote. It would have been a better option to suggest funding for...and it would help eliminate the frustration of those who are new time gardeners who won't have access to help and experts:
Cultivators with years of experience worry that home gardeners lured by promises of big savings will burn out when they see the amount of labor required to get dollars from their dirt. The average gardener spends nearly five hours a week grubbing in the dirt and often contends with failure early on, said Bruce Butterfield, a spokesman for The National Gardening Association.
"The one thing you don't factor into it is the cost of your time and your labor," he said.
Community Gardens did get a small mention as Michelle also said for people to not feel guilty if they didn't garden:
For urban dwellers who have no backyards, the country’s one million community gardens can also play an important role, Mrs. Obama said.
I won't feel guilty about not having a backyard garden, if I were to come across an extra $200 to spend on one? I probably still wouldn't because I support local farmers who sell their local produce at our farmer's market, where the prices of their produce is not overly expensive and it helps our local economy...Farmers need to eat too and a locally grown heirloom tomato purchased fresh from the Farmers Market tastes pretty darn near one that you've grown in your backyard, if you've managed to protect them from the critters...Though visions of the Secret Service being sent out to protect the Obamas' arugula from pesky rabbits could be funny.
However as a person who did have gardens years ago and dreamed of having one last year, until the cats killed the seeds that were growing inside. confirmed my earlier realization that the farmer's market was a much wiser choice considering the cost of the garden and the time necessary to maintain it? I hope Michelle buys a good pair of working gloves, blisters hurt...