Arizona Muse is styled by Miranda Almond in ‘Taking A Stand’, a collection of earth-friendly, noble origins, country manor looks. Photographer Richard Phibbs captures the bucolic scene for Town & Country UK May 2019./ Hair by Paul Donovan; makeup by Polly Osmond
Lydia Slater interviews Arizona at a farm in Sussex, peering into polytunnels of spinach and lettuce while discussing her escalating commitment to eco-fashion and sustainability.
Arizona Muse is committed to significantly decreasing the fashion industry’s negative effects on environment. But the two women are basking in open fields in Sussex because the model-designer-spokeswoman-activist want to talk biodynamic farming.
This alternative form of organic agriculture, developed from the ideas of the philosopher and social reformer Rudolf Steiner, views a farm as a single, interdependent organism in which the crops, soil and livestock all play a part, with the crops feeding the animals, and the animal manure fertilising the crops. Sowing and planting may be carried out using an astrological calendar, and there are special recipes for herbal and mineral sprays to enhance the soil. Some of these (such as stuffing quartz into a cow’s horn and burying it to harness cosmic forces in the earth) may sound eccentric, but biodynamic farming has a number of high-profile advocates including Prince Charles. And Muse’s own earnest belief is that the wholesale adoption of this alternative form of agriculture will not only save the planet and provide humanity with sufficient food, but also offer fulfilling employment for the urban unemployed – biodynamic farming being more labour-intensive than the conventional variety, as it precludes the use of chemical weedkillers. “People want to move out of cities, but they often can’t, or don’t, because they can’t find work out of a city,” she explains.
Arizona’s baby daughter Cy enters the picture, pushed in her pram through a field of dandelions and daisies at Tablehurst Farm, founded in the mid 1990s. Totally absorbed in discovering the essentials of biodynamic agriculture, Arizona is especially keen to spend quality time with the cows. Considered to be the cornerstone of biodynamic agriculture, the cows ‘apparently’ adjust their manure in compensation for mineral deficiencies in the soil.
Arizona married the dashing Boniface Verney-Carron in June 2017, giving her son Nikko a permanent father in the house. As for living in the country, it’s not on the agenda, says Muse. Her husband is firm on that subject. If you don’t know about Arizona Muse’s early career as a model and commitment to motherhood at age 20, read on at Town & Country.