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. And we almost always love O Magazine (full disclosure: Amanda has written for O in the past). 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 seven pieces of advice we have for the ultimate advice-giver: