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Who knew Bode Miller was an organic farmer?

Or that he's vegetarian? After the 2005 World Championships, Miller bought Turtle Ridge Farm and started growing organic crops such as corn, tomatoes, and artichokes. Morgan Bast of Delicious Living's sister publication, Natural Foods Merchandizer, reports:

Farming came naturally to the gold medal-winning skier, as his family grew their own organic produce on 450 acres in a home without electricity or running water. ... Turtle Ridge Farm, is run without the use of pesticides or artificial chemicals because “that’s the way to do it,” Miller says. A vegetarian, Miller explains that “it seems like the normal thing, as opposed to something special.”

Miller is also heads up the Turtle Ridge Foundation, funded by Stonyfield Organic and outdoor industry companies such as Nike, which supports "environmental initiatives and youth athletic opportunities."

Bode is among a growing movement of eco- and diet-conscious athletes. OrganicAthlete got its start when bike enthusiast Bradley Saul began the OrganicAthlete newsletter after being doused with pesticides from a crop duster while on a ride near Tuscon, Arizona. The foundation that grew from that supports athletes across the U.S. and marries the "founding precepts of organic agriculture with an Olympic spirit. The organic movement was founded to preserve ecological integrity, establish equitable food systems, and grow wholesome, nutritious food. The fundamental aims of the Olympic spirit are to find the joy in effort, the educational value of a good example, and respect for universal ethical principles."

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