The One Thing Oprah Isn’t an Expert in (and 7 Pieces of Advice We Would Give Her)

Photo by: Jeanne and Amanda
Grow Closer to Home
Let's start with the fact that the farm is in Maui, Hawaii - that's just over 2,500 miles from Oprah's home in Montecito, California. Her private jet... more 
Photo by: Jeanne and Amanda
Grow Closer to Home
Let's start with the fact that the farm is in Maui, Hawaii - that's just over 2,500 miles from Oprah's home in Montecito, California. Her private jet produces more than 5000 pounds of CO2 per hour of air travel, which translates to tens of thousands of pounds of CO2 for a trip to Maui - a big planetary price to pay to get to your personal lettuce patch.
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Thu, Jun 27, 2013 11:14 AM EDT

You've probably seen the cover of the June issue of O Magazine: Oprah is knee-deep in kale with her health guru Bob Greene. They're sporting matching gingham shirts, cargo pants and thousand-watt smiles at their new vegetable farm in Maui, Hawaii. Now, we love Oprah. And we obviously love food gardens. And we love that Oprah is building buzz for the grow-your-own movement. But even though Oprah's cover article has lyrical moments (like when Oprah describes working as a child with her grandmother in the Mississippi vegetable garden that fed their family) and some laugh-out-loud moments (like when she dubs her giant fuschia radishes "baboon-butt radishes"), it also has some glaring blind spots. The story, and Oprah's Hawaiian-farm endeavor more broadly, reflects a narrow view of local homegrown foods, and at times lacks both the pragmatism and the vision that Oprah is known and loved for. So, here are 7 pieces of advice we have for the ultimate advice-giver. -By Jeanne Nolan and Amanda Little

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