Local Student Nominated As White House Farmer

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A national campaign is trying to convince President Obama to create the post. It’s part of a wider effort to promote organic gardens in public places.

In an online poll, grad student Margaret Lloyd came in third place. She’s known for spearheading UC Davis’ Salad Bowl Garden…a vegetable patch at the entrance of the campus’ Agricultural Sciences building.       

“…and that’s exactly what we’re hoping to have happen at the White House – to have the White House as a symbol of the urban and suburban landscapes that are around the country that are hungry and in need of local food that can feed the people who live and work there.” 

During an appearance on Capital Public Radio's Insight, Lloyd also said the proposed White House Farm would show President Obama’s openness to innovation. 

Before she entered grad school, Lloyd operated a Bay Area business training people to become urban farmers.