2. Oprah Winfrey
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has taken gardening to the next level. In between running O The Oprah Magazine and The Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah found the time to turn 16 acres of her Maui estate into a fully functional garden. She currently grows 100 species of vegetables, fruits, and herbs. But she’s not gardening as just a hobby. She’s growing enough food to feed the small island. According to The Color Purple star, “About 90% of the food on the island is flown or shipped in from outside, which makes it very expensive to buy – not to mention the carbon footprint involved in getting it here. We realized if we could grow delicious food ourselves, we could share it.” And that’s just what Oprah’s doing.
With the help of friend Bob Greene, Oprah is changing the way she eats and the way much of Maui receives food. After testing several varieties of planting methods to ensure that each vegetable was rich with vital nutrients, Oprah and Greene have found a farming method that is quickly creating results. The rich Maui soil now allows Oprah’s farm to produce 145 pounds of food each week! While Oprah says she is still figuring out how to distribute her produce, the star has found that gardening is somewhat of a metaphor for life, saying “In life, as on a farm or in a garden, we get out of it what we put into it.”