Why Do We Need a White House Farmer?

Because everyone, from your family and friends to our First Family and their guests, needs to know who grew their food and how it was grown.

This site was launched in November 2008 as a forum to follow up on Michael Pollan’s call for a White House Farmer. Pollan suggested the farmer be charged with transforming “five prime south-facing acres of the White House lawn and plant[ing] in their place an organic fruit and vegetable garden” whose produce will be used by the White House Chef, and given to area food banks.

Nominations were open for much of November, December and January, and Polling was open from Jan. 21-31.

Click here for the results of the polling.

Click here for a statement from the top three vote-getters.

Click here for our next steps.

We are heartened that Sam Kass, a proponent of local food, will become one of the White House chefs . . . can a White House Farmer be far behind?

The FIne Print: All information posted to the site will be used only for purposes of getting a White House Farmer. No information will be sold or shared or used in any other way.

WhiteHouseFarmer.com was conceived by the Brockmans, a farm family in central Illinois. The idea came on an endless blue sky day, after reading the Pollan article in the New York Times magazine.