First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady launches Governor’s Garden Web site

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 03, 2009  
Contact Information:  Jay Blanton
Jill Midkiff

FRANKFORT, Ky. - First Lady Jane Beshear today announced the launch of the Governor’s Garden official Web site as part of her larger Green Team initiative.

Leading by example is imperative for teaching Kentuckians how to live more sustainable, environmentally friendly lifestyles. Inspired by the White House’s commitment to homegrown produce and fueled by a desire to raise “green” awareness, Mrs. Beshear recently joined with leaders from the Finance and Administration Cabinet, Western Hills High School, Kentucky Proud and Access Food Pantry to develop and grow the first ever Governor's Garden. The Governor’s Garden has already produced 200 pounds of food that has been donated to Access Food Pantry in Frankfort.

The Web site features numerous resources for home gardeners of all skill levels, including those who are beginning their first venture into backyard produce. Gardening tips, photos and diagrams from the Governor’s Garden as well as gardening resources from across the Commonwealth are available on the Web site.

“The average meal in the United States travels 1,200 miles from the farm to the dinner table. By growing crops in backyards across Kentucky or buying locally grown produce, families can eliminate wasteful burning of fossil fuels and have access to fresher, healthier produce,” said Mrs. Beshear. “The Governor’s Garden online resources will serve as a one-stop shop for helpful, pragmatic tips for home gardeners as well as a way to keep track of developments at the Frankfort garden.”

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