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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Michelle Obama Is 'American Grown': Author. Job Creator.

First Lady Michelle Obama will sign copies of her book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Garden Across America at the Politics & Prose bookstore. 



The book offers a look at the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden and shares inspiring stories of Americans from across the country who are actively engaged in community, school, and urban gardens.

Mrs. Obama accepted no advance for American Grown and all author proceeds will go to the National Park Foundation (www.nationalparks.org), the official charity of America’s national parks.

Funds will be used for programs that promote gardening and healthy eating and give young people the opportunity to experience the outdoors and lead more active lives, as well as for the continued care of the White House Kitchen Garden. 

Random House will also donate a portion of its profits to the National Park Foundation.

Earlier this week Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announced their continued intent to ensure American veterans find jobs.

Said Mrs. Obama, "That's why, back in August of 2011, President Obama challenged the private sector to hire or train 100,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013. And over the past two years, businesses across America have answered that call. By last August, they had already filled 125,000 jobs, with commitments to hire 250,000 more. And today, we are proud to announce that America's businesses have hired or trained 290,000 veterans and military spouses, almost triple the original goal. In addition, companies like Wal-MartUPS, Home Depot, the Blackstone Group, Target, and McDonald's have committed to hire or train another 435,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years."

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