White House Kitchen Garden 2016


On March 20, 2009 First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground on the largest and most expansive vegetable garden to date on the White House lawn. This L-shaped 1,100-square-foot (100 m2) garden is located by the mansion’s tennis courts and can be seen from E street. The plot provides more than 55 varieties of vegetables along with fruits that are incorporated into meals made for the Obama family as well as invited guests. Another portion of the yields are donated to the local soup kitchen and the Food Bank Organization.  There are 55 varieties of vegetables grown, including: arugula (rocket)cilantro (coriander)tomatillohot peppersspinachchardcollardsblack kaleberries and lettuce.  In addition to the seeds selected to be planted are twenty five heirloom seeds and ten different herbs such as anise hyssop and Thai basil. Along with the vegetable garden a beehive was added near the chef’s kitchen that is overseen by Charlie Brandts, a beekeeper and White House carpenter. Honey collected from the beehives has been used to brew White House Honey Ale.

For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Vegetable_Garden

Thursday, October 6th@ 3:00 PM ET
First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes students from across the country to harvest The White House Kitchen Garden for her final time as First Lady


White House Rural Forum

October 5, the White House will host the White House Rural Forum, convening rural policy, business, and nonprofit leaders to Penn State University in State College, PA, and announcing new Administration actions in support of rural America. At tomorrow’s convening, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Chair of the White House Rural Council, and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf will lead discussions on pertinent issues facing rural communities, including opportunities for economic growth and strategies for improving health care and housing. Secretary Vilsack will also urge lawmakers and the private sector, foundations, and nonprofits to recognize opportunities in America’s rural communities to ensure continued social and economic progress.

Significant gains have been made across rural America: Rural household income climbed 3.4 percent in 2015, and overall poverty and food insecurity fell dramatically, rural populations have begun to rebound, and non-metro areas have added more than 250,000 jobs since 2014, while the share of rural Americans without health insurance is now at an all-time low.

Established by President Obama in 2011, the White House Rural Council coordinates the Administration’s efforts in rural America by streamlining and improving the effectiveness of federal programs, engaging stakeholders on priority issues, and coordinating private sector partnerships to create economic opportunity and improve the quality of life.

Building on the work of the White House Rural Council, today the Administration and non-Federal organizations are announcing new investments and highlighting programs to support continued progress in rural America, including:

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/10/04/fact-sheet-white-house-rural-forum


It is important that the rural parts of America thrive and improve for the sake of the people who work and live there. Since all our food is grown in rural America we also all have a vested interest in food security. We also need to be good stewards of the land for the flora (oxygen production, home for wildlife as well as beauty), fauna and the water sources that sustain life.



Wednesday, October 5, 2016 @ 8:30 AM ET
White House Rural Forum


Live Stream: http://wpsu.org/event 



2016 US Vice Presidential Election Debate

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The 2016 Vice Presidential Debate takes place on Tuesday, October 4th at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Sen. Tim Kaine, a Senator from Virginia and Hillary Clinton’s running mate, will debate Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana and running mate to Donald Trump. Pence is a first term governor of Indiana who previously served over a decade in Congress. Kaine is a former Democratic National Committee chairman who also served as governor of Virginia and mayor of Richmond.

For more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/everything-you-need-to-know-about-2016-vice-presidential-debate-228886


Hillary Clinton – US Democratic Presidential Candidate

Donald Trump – US Republican Presidential Candidate


October 4 2016 @ 9:00 PM ET 
US Vice Presidential Election Debate
Longwood University
Farmville, Virginia
Moderator: Elaine Quijano of CBS


Live Stream: https://www.c-span.org/video/?414226-1/vice-presidential-nominees-debate-longwood-university



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South by South Lawn, an event inspired by South by Southwest, will bring together creators, innovators, and organizers who work day in and day out to improve the lives of their fellow Americans and people around the world.

Do you know someone who’s doing great work and should be there? You can nominate yourself or someone you know below.

In coordination with the American Film Institute (AFI), the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities (PCAH), and South by Southwest, the South Lawn event will be comprised of three parts:

  • INTERACTIVE: Panel discussions throughout the day will explore topics like how to make change stick with organizers who are having an impact, as well as a discussion with influencers who are using their platforms to bring about positive change. Interactive booths will encourage attendees to engage with and learn about new technologies and innovations.
  • FILM: The film portion features the 3rd Annual White House Student Film Festival in association with its founding partner, the American Film Institute. Students in grades K-12 submitted more than 700 short films round this year’s theme, The World I Want to Live In. The submissions are inspiring and we’re excited to share official selections and honor young filmmakers as part of this event.
  • MUSIC: Musical performances will include well-known and emerging artists who are using their music to inspire audiences.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/09/0www.whitehouse.gov/SXSL



October 3, 2016 SXSL Schedule

Monday, October 3, 2016
South by South Lawn
White House

Live Streams: WhiteHouse.govFacebook.com/WhiteHouse, and sxsw.com/live

Register to VOTE 2016

September 22 is National Voter Registration Day
September 27th is National Voter Registration Day

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First Lady at the African Methodist Episcopal Church Conference


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10 Tips for Voters

(1) Register to vote

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements of your State of residence. If you are not registered to vote, apply for voter registration no later than the deadline to register in your State. Contact your local or State elections office or check their Web sites to get a voter registration application and learn the deadline to register. The National Voter Registration Application form is available at http://www.eac.gov/voter_ resources/register_to_vote.aspx.

(2) Confirm your voter registration status

Once you register to vote, check your status with your State or local elections office several weeks before the last day to register to vote. That way, you can change your registration information if needed (for example: name, ad – dress, or other corrections) in time to vote.

(3) Know your polling place location and hours

If you vote at a polling place on Election Day, confirm your polling place location. Make sure you know what time your polling place opens and closes.

(4) Know your State’s voter identification (ID) requirements

Some States require voters to show ID to vote. You can find out what forms of ID your State accepts by contacting your State or local elections office or checking their Web sites.

(5) Understand provisional voting

Federal law allows you to cast a provisional ballot in a Federal election if your name does not appear on the voter registration record, if you do not have ID, or if your eligibility to vote is in question. Your State may provide other reasons for voting by a provisional ballot. Whether a provisional ballot counts depends on if the State can verify your eligibiity. Check with your State or local elections office to learn how to tell if your provisional ballot was counted.

(6) Check the accessibility of your polling place

If you are a voter with minority language needs or you are a voter with special needs or specific concerns due to a disability, your polling place may offer special assistance. Contact your local elections office for advice, materials in a specific language, information about voting equipment, and details on access to the polling place, including parking.

(7) Consider voting early

Some States allow voting in person before Election Day. Find out if your State has early voting in person or by mail and if so when, where, and how you can vote before Election Day. If you choose to vote early by mail, know the deadlines for requesting and returning your ballot. Some States provide dropoff stations for mail ballots, and some States allow voters to return mail ballots to polling places on Election Day.

(8) Understand absentee voting requirements

Most States allow voters to use an absentee ballot under certain circumstances. Check on the dates and requirements for requesting and returning an absentee ballot before Election Day. Absentee ballots often must be returned or postmarked before the polls close on Election Day. Determine your State’s requirements for returning absentee ballots.

(9) Learn about military and overseas voting

Special voting procedures may apply if you are in the U.S. military or you are an American citizen living overseas. You may qualify for an absentee ballot by submitting a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program or check its Web site: http://www.fvap.gov, for information relating to military and overseas voters.

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White House Arctic Science Ministerial

White House Arctic Science Ministerial
On September 28, 2016, science ministers from across the globe will gather in Washington, DC, for the first-ever White House Arctic Science Ministerial.

Understanding the rapid changes that are affecting the Arctic—as well as the impacts of these changes on the rest of the world—requires a cooperative, global approach based on research partnerships involving participants from Arctic and non-Arctic nations, including, of course, the people who call the Arctic home. That’s why, on September 28, 2016—just after the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s historic trip to Alaska—the Administration will host the first-ever Arctic Science Ministerial.

The White House Arctic Science Ministerial will bring together ministers of science, chief science advisors, and other high-level officials from countries around the world, as well as representatives from indigenous groups, to expand joint collaborations focused on Arctic science, research, observations, monitoring, and data-sharing. The goals of the event are to advance promising, near-term science initiatives and create a context for increased international scientific collaboration on the Arctic over the longer term.

Specifically, the Ministerial will focus on four key themes:

  1. Arctic Science Challenges and their Regional and Global Implications
  2. Strengthening and Integrating Arctic Observations and Data Sharing
  3. Applying Expanded Scientific Understanding of the Arctic to Build Regional Resilience and Shape Global Responses
  4. Arctic Science as a Vehicle for STEM Education and Citizen Empowerment

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/05/13/white-house-arctic-science-ministerial-september-28-2016



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September 28, 2016
White House Arctic Science Ministerial
Washington, DC





2016 US Presidential Election Debate @ Hofstra University

Hofstra University will host the first presidential debate on September 26, 2016, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced July 19.

“Hofstra University is honored to be called on to host the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, 2016. This is an extraordinary privilege and responsibility,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “We greatly appreciate the faith shown in us by the Commission on Presidential Debates, and we have begun preparations for a very successful debate.”

For more: http://www.hofstra.edu/debate/index.html



Hillary Clinton  – US Democratic Presidential Candidate

Donald Trump  – US Republican Presidential Candidate

How Clinton Beat Trump in Their First Debate, By the Numbers


September 26, 2016 @ 9:00 PM ET
US Presidential Election Debate
Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York
Moderator: Lester Holt, Anchor, NBC Nightly News




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