james cameron walnut farmer
by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes, Environment
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“Avatar” director James Cameron has always been someone invested in the world of sustainability – but over the past years, the guy has seriously turned the dial up to 11.

Shall we review a bit the stuff that’s happened in the last 12 months? He joined his family in becoming a vegan, urged the world to follow while accepting National Geographic’s “Explorer of the Year” award, decided to scoop up over 2,500 acres of farmland in New Zealand and make it animal-friendly, is working on a climate change documentary with celebs like Alec Baldwin, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Edward Norton, and showed off the solar array that will make the next two “Avatar” films the greenest in Hollywood history.

Oh yea, that – and he just became a walnut farmer.

Stuff.co.nz is reporting that the 58-year-old has been given permission by New Zealand officials to purchase a working walnut farm near his current farm in Wairarapa on the North Island. In addition, he also purchased some 25-acres near his other land holdings.

From the site:

“It said Cameron planned to continue to operate the orchard as a working walnut orchard, and that the vendors would also help him to establish walnut trees on Pouinui Station, which Cameron acquired last year.”

That Cameron would choose to pursue farming is not surprising considering his family history.

”I grew up working on my grandfather’s farm in Canada and my wife Suzy’s family own a farm in Oklahoma,” he said last year. ”We want to raise our kids with the values we had when we were growing up, close to the land and with a strong work ethic. We hope we will be accepted as good neighbours and good members of the community in South Wairarapa.”

Want to see some pictures of Cameron’s New Zealand farm paradise? Check out our gallery here.

Photo credit: Shutterstock.com

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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