When first lady Michelle Obama flipped a few spades of sod this spring to start a vegetable garden on the White House lawn, Alice Waters saw a dream come true. Waters, founder of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif., and arguably the mother of the American Slow Food movement, has tried to persuade multiple U.S. presidents to grow radishes alongside the roses on the nation's most revered turf. But as her 16-year effort has proven, that's one long row to hoe.Waters first planted the seeds of her ...

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