Getting muddy on the farm and living the glamorous life of a Hollywood celebrity – they’re two lifestyles which are worlds apart. Farming is usually seen as hard, backbreaking labor, while celebrities seem to lead a pampered lifestyle. Farming is humble, while the lives of celebrities are ostentatious.
And yet, some members of the Hollywood elite enjoy getting back to basics and tending the land. Some of these famous actors and musicians are simply hobby farmers, raising a few crops or some small livestock, while others have sprawling ranches with acres upon acres of farmland and thousands of animals.
Here’s a look at some of Hollywood’s most famous farmers and what they raise or grow. Are you surprised that these Hollywood celebrities spend their spare time tending to the land or raising livestock?
10. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt is not only an amazing actor, but he is also a world-class winemaker. His Miraval Estate winery in Provence, France produces some of the finest grapes in the world. Those grapes are used to create Pitt’s signature wine: the Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval. The Côtes de Provence Rosé Miraval was ranked as the best rosé in the world in 2012.
Pitt says he enjoys the peace and quiet of farm life, and he is very involved with the production of the wine and maintaining and harvesting the crops. He says he is always learning about the process of farming and winemaking. Pitt wants to expand his winemaking business, and in the future he hopes to produce a red wine as well.
9. Carrie Underwood
Country singer and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood is a real farm girl. She grew up on a cattle farm in Oklahoma, and would often help her father feed the cows. She even plans to settle down on a farm of her own on her property in Williamson County, Tennessee south of Nashville.
Underwood wants to tend to the land with her husband and she says he is very at home on a tractor.
The new mother envisions it as the perfect life for her new family. Underwood wants to have a lot of animals on her farm, but it’s very unlikely that she will be raising beef. She’s a vegetarian and was turned off of meat when she became attached to the cattle her parents were raising.
8. Tom Selleck
The star of Magnum P.I. is completely at home working in the field.
He has said that the time he spends growing avocados is one of the reasons he and his wife have had a long and successful marriage. His 65-acre estate in Ventura County, Calif. features a rustic 1926 ranch house and a fully operational 20-acre avocado farm.
The avocados are picked in late spring, but Selleck says there isn’t much of a profit to be made on harvesting the fruits. Of course, his TV syndication money helps him out if the crops don’t produce high yields in certain years. Selleck also has horses on his ranch, and his daughter is an equestrian. Although Selleck grows avocados he doesn’t eat them himself – he says they make him gag.
Singer, songwriter and actress Jewel will always be a country girl. She lives on a 2,400-acre ranch in Stephenville, Texas with her husband and son. Her husband is a retired professional bull rider.
Jewel balances her celebrity life with her farm life, and she’s very hands on when it come to raising cattle. She tags and brands the cattle and even castrates the bull calves! Jewel doesn’t mind the dirty work on the farm, as she’s used to it: She grew up on a farm in Alaska, so she’s been a farmworker most of her life. She and her husband have about 250 head of cattle on the ranch, and even some horses and chickens, too.
6. Thomas Haden Church
Thomas Haden Church has a very impressive ranch. The star of Spider-Man 3and Sideways has a massive 2,000-acre ranch in the middle of Texas Hill Country near the small town of Kerrville, Texas. Church doesn’t just play cowboys in movies like Broken Trail and Tombstone, he plays a cowboy in real life, too.
Ranching is in his blood, and Church first herded cattle when he was 13 and working as a farmhand near his childhood home in Laredo, Texas. Today, he has 400 head of cattle on his ranch and the surrounding properties that he leases.
5. Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston and her fiancé Justin Theroux are amateur chicken farmers. They didn’t plan on being hobby farmers, but they inherited the chickens and the coop when they bought their $21 million home. So naturally they decided to keep and raise the birds. The plus side is that they are never in shortage of farm fresh eggs.
She has so many eggs that she is always giving them away to her friends. Aniston says the birds are very social and, bizarrely, they love to eat pasta. Aniston even gave some eggs to Conan O’Brien when she appeared on his talk show.
4. Martha Stewart
Of course the queen of cooking and crafts would also be a farmer. Not only does Martha Stewart grow her own vegetables, but she also raises her own livestock on her farm Cantitoe Corners. Her 153-acre farm near Bedford, New York is full of charm and features four miles of carriage roads. She raises chickens, sheep and even donkeys on her farm.
The greenhouses on her farm are stocked full of vegetables and the European-style, eight-stall barn is home to Stewart’s five Friesian horses. When Stewart bought the property it was a cattle farm, but she converted it into the glorious estate on which she lives today.
3. Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe’s sprawling Australian ranch in New South Wales is truly an impressive establishment. He’s said to have as much as 700 head of Black Angus cattle on his 1,400-acre ranch. He even rebuilt a wooden chapel on the ranch, where both he and his brother were married.
Crowe has purchased a lot of land in the area over the years and now it’s believed that he has one of the largest land holdings in all of New South Wales, Australia.
2. Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts is another celebrity who’s taken up farming as a hobby. She is one of many A-listers to adapt the trend of a backyard chicken coop. Roberts says raising chickens is not only good for her family, but for the environment, too. She says she and her husband are very health- and environmentally-conscious, so raising chickens is a perfect fit for them.
Many other celebrities like Barbra Streisand, Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Hurley, Gisele Bundchen and Kate Hudson have also taken up raising chickens in their back yards. The practice is one of the fastest-growing aspects of the urban farming boom. “We live in a world where really fresh produce and organic food are a financial luxury, so if we have that luxury I’m going to take advantage of it for my family,” Roberts told InStyle magazine.
1. Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban have perhaps the most eclectic grouping of farm animals one could possibly imagine. They keep deer, turkeys and even alpacas on their farm outside of Nashville, Tennessee. That isn’t the couple’s only farm; they also have a 111-acre cattle ranch in Australia.
Nicole is related to the owners and operators of farming company Kidman Holdings, which owns a staggering 24 million acres of farmland in Australia.
The alpacas are Kidman’s favorite part of her farm life. She says she and her children love the fluffy animals. Kidman would like even more animals on her farm – she’s even said she would like to have some snakes!
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