Barack and Michelle Obama decided to plant an organic garden in the White House to inspire U.S. citizens to become more connected with the food they eat, and it looks like their effort has been a smashing success. The National Gardening Association reports that 43 million families will have a home garden in 2009--37% of all U.S. households.
These figures are even more staggering when you consider that in 2008, 36 million families reported growing vegetables, fruit, herbs, or berries at home. That's a rise of 19% over the course of one year. While the economy and rise in awareness of eco-friendly practices are certainly crucial factors in this growth, the White House garden championed by Michelle Obama has definitely brought home gardening to national media attention.