Kitchen Gardeners Meet with White House after Causes Petition Reaches 110,000 Signers
Posted Sep 15, 2009 by Sarah Koch
Last week, Roger Doiron of Kitchen Gardeners International presented the White House with the names of 110,000 people who petitioned on Causes for the White House Victory Garden. The printed petition, “Replant a Victory Garden at the White House,” came out to a total of 506 double-sided, 4-column, 8pt Times Roman font pages.
Mr. Doiron wrote in his letter to the First Lady, “The enclosed names – over 110,000 in all – are those of real people from all 50 US states and over 80 countries who supported our ‘Eat the View’ campaign which began advocating for this garden back in February 2008. Together, we want to thank you for your vision, courage and leadership. You have not just planted a garden, but have added some rich and timely compost to the home-grown revival taking root in the US and around the world.”
When Michelle Obama announced the return of the Victory Garden to the White House, the petition had already gained 85,000 signatures in its 65 days on Causes. The Eat the View Campaign focused on leveraging online tools and platforms such as Causes to rally people around the idea of replanting a garden at the White House. According to Mr. Doiron, “Causes proved to be one of our most important tools, helping us to reach thousands of people online and millions of people through traditional media outlets. Causes’ petition function helped us gather real people who wanted this new garden to happen and channel all their positive energy into true social change.”
To learn more about the history of the White House Garden, watch the new video released by the White House.