by Michael dEstries
Categories: People.

snipshot_845tt11uw8u.jpgI take it back. After reading the full interview from Black Book Magazine with Val Kilmer, I think the guy is more down to earth than perhaps we gave him credit for. Sure, his comments on selling organic products (a la Paul Newman) to pay for private jets and maintenance on his GTO Muscle Car were a slightly hilarious; but the rest of the article has a more serious tone on his environmental ambitions. Here are some small excerpts,

“Kilmer owns 6,000 acres of rough-and-tumble land on the outskirts of Pecos, New Mexico, a farming community surrounded by national forest, about 30 miles north of Sante Fe. His plan is equally surreal, but designed with more humor and profit in mind than the acting giant’s. The mission statement is sound enough: a development of high-priced homes, constructed with indigenous materials (Adobe, wood, and stone for natural insulation and heat), and with the use of solar panels and a windmill system. Each house would be required by its “members” to have its own government-certified organic garden; its fruits would go to a co-op. “You’d also have to purchase space in the communal garden, says Kilmer. “And, well, look, it’s fun to make plates and cups,” he says, referring to the planned communal kiln. It’s not hokey. Have you ever done it? Fire them up, and look at that color!” The designer Tom Ford, a Santa Fe neighbor, could possibly help with the look of it all, says Kilmer.”

So, no. You and I could probably not afford to live there; but the concept of a high-priced eco-development is rather interesting. It might kill a stereotype or two. There’s also this fine gem,

“Regarding his self-sustained real estate project, Kilmer believes that it is his “duty” to share the land. “It says something that almost 100 percent of the people who come here just feel good! There’s a right-ness to developing a community that interacts with the local one. I have to develop it because otherwise it’s really wasting the land.” He tells of his son awaking to see two elk through his bedroom window in the ranch’s apple orchard, of fox playing in his yard, of spotting bears and mountain lions lounging on rocks above him. “I love the gardens of Paris and London. They’re so cultivated and fancy. But a wild garden like this place has that strange, unexpected bouquet. And that one wildflower growing out of a rock has earned its right to exist. Nature, he says, makes me happier than what man seems to cultivate.”

How ’bout that? Sure, he might make a handy profit, but we’re all for it if it educates, promotes, and helps change the world for the better. Hit this link for the rest of the article.

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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