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Obama State Dinner Spotlights Locavorism: What We Can Learn

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Last night, the President and First Lady welcomed guests to the White House's first state dinner of the Obama administration, and the event was occasion to show off the bounty harvested from their garden. On the menu were items like "potato and eggplant salad with White House-grown arugula, and entrees that included roasted potato dumplings with tomato chutney, chick peas and okra, or a meal of green curry prawns," according to TreeHugger.

It wasn't too long ago Michelle Obama brought D.C.-area schoolkids into the garden to help with the harvest, and in just a few weeks she'll appear on an episode of Iron Chef America with the garden's loot as the secret ingredient.

Here in Los Angeles we are lucky enough to have access to fresh produce year-round, and can grown our own on balconies, in yards, and at community garden plots all across the city. We can also shop from the many celebrated farmers' markets that run week to week, and sometimes do so without a second thought about how fortunate we are.