While director James Cameron's growing New Zealand farming empire has been receiving lots of attention, the 59-year-old's Santa Barbara "Hollister Ranch" has quietly been building its own stunning mini-farm.
L.A. At Home, a division of the LA Times, recently travelled to the Cameron family's 100-acre spread to find out more about the impressive new biodynamic farm that's being cultivated. According to Cameron's wife, Suzy Amis, the couple were inspired to embrace a plant-based diet after watching the 2011 documentary "Forks Over Knives."
“That’s really when the garden took off and we got serious about growing our own food,” Suzy Amis told the Times. “We cut out anything that was coming from an animal and cleaned out our refrigerator in 24 hours.”
The mini-farm, which includes over 150 crops and 15 fruit trees, provides roughly 90 percent of the food for the family. To make the shift to a biodynamic farm, the Camerons hired garden consultant Paul Hudak to map, plant and harvest the initial crops all according to the phases of the moon. Staying true to their vegan lifestyle, Amis adds that they're also careful no horse, cow or chicken manure ever finds its way into their substantial compost.
“It is fascinating how it has changed the way we feel: We are so energetic and full of life,” Amis said.
Back in June, during the National Geographic Society's 125th anniversary gala, James Cameron echoed his wife's sentiments by encouraging all in the audience to wake up and consider dropping animal products from their diets.
Cameron added to the crowd that the switch has had a huge impact on him. “I felt like I was waking up from a long sleepwalk. I believe we are all sleepwalking off a cliff if we don’t do this.”
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