6 Hot Celebrity Women Getting Down and Dirty on the Farm
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With more and more emphasis on local, organic eating and growing your own vegetables -- it's not just amateur chefs that are starting up their own gardens: Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and others spend their free time nurturing vegetables, raising animals, and giving back to the Earth.
1. Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay singer Chris Martin, may not be giving up their massive home in urban London just yet, but the "Country Strong" actress says she wouldn't mind living the farm life someday. "
"My dream is to have land somewhere outside Nashville and have a big organic farm outside of the city," she told Reuters.
It's not her first environmental effort: She's talked about making her own baby food; suggested a meat-free diet in her GOOP newsletter; and told Good Housekeeping that she started buying organic to protect her kids from pesticides.
2. Elizabeth HurleyPhoto: Wikimedia Commons Elizabeth Hurley may be the most famous A-list farmer -- if not the most successful.
After the English model and actress moved to a 400-acre organic farm in Gloucester, England, she launched a line of all-natural snack bars, sold her hand-raised meat at local markets, and agreed to appear in a reality show based on her life.
But she swears she hasn't given up the glitz and glamour of the celebrity scene forever: "I'm a town mouse on sabbatical."
3. Vera FarmigaPhoto: csztova/Creative Commons
Actress Vera Farmiga and her husband, Renn Hawkey, spend their spare time on a farm in the Catskills, where they raise female Angora and Nubian goats.
The out-of-the-way farm lets Farmiga live out her goal of going off the grid (and live up to her name).
"In another life, I was a shepherdess," she says, "I want to be self-sufficient and live off the land" -- but it also presents its own decidedly un-Hollywood challenges. "My mission was to find the best goat semen in the States," she has said -- but after being left at room temperature, the sample was useless.
4. Nicole KidmanPhoto: Wikimedia Commons
Tennessee also provided plenty of draw for actress Nicole Kidman, who settled down on a farm there after marrying singer Keith Urban.
She's called her organic garden "just a hobby," adding, "I'm not feeding the troops here," and also raises alpacas on the property.
5. Roseanne BarrPhoto: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images
Funny lady Roseanne Barr steered away from goats and veggies for a more exotic farming locale: a macadamia plantation in Hawaii.
She shared her favorite recipe for white chocolate macadamia nut cookies with the Chicago Tribune, and says she loves the peace of the property: "The gorgeous greenery, the ocean in the distance, the sound of the rain that keeps it all lush and fragrant: It's a sweet slice of heaven, and I hope everyone can find their own little slice of that, wherever they are."
6. Reese WitherspoonPhoto: Wikimedia Commons
Actress Reese Witherspoon was raised in Tennessee -- and reportedly still hangs on to some of her country roots.
She told InStyle magazine in 2009 that she and her kids love getting out of Los Angeles and spending time at their farmhouse in Ojai, California. "We have chickens and we grow cucumbers and tomatoes," she said. "I love it."
Then-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal joined them on the farm -- and may have held onto some of those rural habits: He recently talked about his commitment to growing his own veggies and shopping at the local farmer's market.