Suzy Amis and James Cameron’s 100-acre mini farm near Santa Barbara

Suzy Amis and James Cameron’s 100-acre mini farm near Santa Barbara

Suzy Amis and James Cameron’s 100-acre mini farm near Santa Barbara

More than 100 miles from Hollywood, the Hollister Ranch garden of James and Suzy Amis Cameron is transitioning to fall. Garden consultant Paul Hudak is pulling out 300 tomato plants and some squash and putting in long rows of lettuce, kale and quinoa. Walking the field, he pauses repeatedly, his pocket knife at the ready to cut into Adirondack blue potatoes, Moon and Star watermelons and kohlrabi. Later, in the greenhouse, he shares a Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, believed to be the hottest pepper in the world.

It’s a lovely garden peppered with colorful cosmos, zinnias, sunflowers and lion’s tail to attract beneficial bugs. Here, on a tranquil 100-acre parcel with inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean, James Cameron wrote “Avatar.” And here the couple grow about 90% of what they eat, Suzy Amis Cameron said, with surplus going to friends and the students at MUSE, the Calabasas school that she founded.

The family switched to a plant-based diet a year and a half ago after watching “Forks Over Knives,”Lee Fulkerson’s 2011 documentary detailing the positive effects of a plant-based diet.

By Lisa Boone

October 11, 2013, 12:29 p.m.

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