First lady Melania Trump held her first event Friday in the White House vegetable garden established by her predecessor Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama: Cummings showed us 'the importance of checks and balances' Poll shows Michelle Obama would lead in New Hampshire if she entered 2020 Democratic race Obamas' first Netflix project nominated for Critics' Choice Documentary Awards MORE.

Trump was joined by members of the local Boys & Girls Club, according to White House pool reports, and chatted with them about the importance of healthy eating. She also asked the children about their favorite foods and stressed the importances of eating lots of vegetables and fruits.

“Take care of yourself,” Trump told the children.


The first lady was seen harvesting red peppers, okra and green peppers with the children, and helping three of them plant broccoli.

The group also planted cabbage, cauliflower and turnips, among other vegetables, according to the White House.

After the event, Trump gave the picked vegetables to White House kitchen staff to be washed

Obama broke ground on the garden on the White House’s South Lawn in 2009, as part of her initiative on healthy eating.

A senior White House adviser told CNN earlier this year that the first lady was “committed” to preserving the garden.