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Michelle Obama to give Botanic Garden national award

Earth first: Michelle Obama has made tending the White House kitchen garden a focal point of her health campaigning.
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One of Brooklyn’s lushest oases is getting some national recognition with a government award presented by first lady Michelle Obama.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced on Thursday it will give the Brooklyn Botanic Garden a medal for its longtime commitment to working with neighbors and teaching people about plants.

“Its mission is to connect people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment,” said a statement on the federal agency’s web site.

The agency, which provides grants to the museums and libraries, calls the medal the highest honor for the country’s civic temples. Obama will present the award at a ceremony at the White House on May 8.

In announcing the award, the Institute cited the Botanic Garden’s century-old children’s garden as a crucial educational tool.

“Generations of city children have learned to plant, tend, and harvest their own garden plots,” the statement says.

The Garden’s green thumbs are excited to take home the prize and stressed that education has always been a big part of their programming.

“Brooklyn Botanic Garden is tremendously honored to receive this distinction,” said Garden president Scot Medbury.

Nine other institutions got the nod this year.

The White House ceremony will be followed by a garden oral-history session run by the group StoryCorps, which will visit each winner to record anecdotes from their communities.

The award comes eight months after the garden suspended its science program over the objection of neighbors and botanists.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at mperlman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
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Reasonable discourse

Jim Crockett from Garden says:
Thank you for mentioning the Botanic Garden's cavalier decision to fire 4 scientists and close the plant repository. Those currently running our garden seem much more concerned with accoutrements than horticulture or botany.

The new visitor center is a sterile waste of 28 million dollars. The Flatbush entrance will be closed for a year (forcing those of us who use that as our primary entrance to walk 1/2 mile down Washington Ave to enter the garden) in order build an unneeded restroom and alter the charming and perfectly functional entrance there.
April 25, 2014, 8:23 am
gimme from yours says:
ain't no garden without any 'erb growin' son
April 26, 2014, 11:23 am
Epiphany from Ex-Brooklyn says:
Maybe Michelle can invite "gimme from yours" to The White House for agricultural pointers. Heck, better than all the times they've had Jay Z, the ex-neighborhood crack dealer and Brooklyn hero visit them (don't know if the "business, man" advised Obama on the economy during his visits to The White House, but probably).

Anyway, someone should ask Michelle why, if she's so gung ho on organic and healthy food, her husband is appointing so many Monsanto and Dupont executives and lobbyists to key positions, where they make decisions about our food, pesticides and genetic modifications to our food source (see partial list of appointees below - source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ronnie-cummins/the-unholy-alliance-monsa_b_642385.html).

Michelle and her husband are the country's first hypocrites and sellouts (probably why they are so drawn to Jay Z and Beyonce (the wife got paid $1,000,000 shaking her butt and singing at Khaddifi's son's birthday bash) . No wonder they invite ex-crack dealers and politically clueless entertainers to The White House.

Here is a list of Obama appointees to key federal agricultural positions:

Michael Taylor, former Monsanto Vice President, is now the FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods.

Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto-funded Danforth Plant Science Center, is now the director of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Islam Siddiqui, Vice President of the Monsanto and Dupont-funded pesticide-promoting lobbying group, CropLife, is now the Agriculture Negotiator for the US Trade Representative.

Rajiv Shah, former agricultural-development director for the pro-biotech Gates Foundation (a frequent Monsanto partner), served as Obama's USDA Under Secretary for Research Education and Economics and Chief Scientist and is now head of USAID.

Solicitor General Elena Kagan, who took Monsanto's side against organic farmers in the Roundup Ready alfalfa case, has been nominated to the Supreme Court.

Now, Ramona Romero, corporate counsel to DuPont, has been nominated by President Obama to serve as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
April 26, 2014, 2:44 pm
Mom from Clinton Hill says:
I hate the new BG entrance and you can hardly ever visit the garden anymore and feel like you're in a garden. Mostly it feels like you're on a tour bus stop. So they might as well build a helipad for Air Force One to land there...
April 26, 2014, 10:15 pm

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