Michelle Obama, the first lady, has been gardening on the south lawn of the White House since her arrival. She grows over 60 different kinds of vegetables, many of them heirloom varieties and hops which they use to make beer. The garden is used by the White House chef and is also a nutritional education project for children. A third of the crops are donated to Miriam's Kitchen, a local service that feeds the homeless.
In 2009 Michelle brought beehives into her White House garden (White House Bees). One of the hives produced a record 225 pounds of honey. With honey and hops from their garden the Obama's have produced a honey ale which they serve at some of the White House functions.