What do you get when you combine an artist and a history professor with a few acres of old tobacco land? A sustainable farm with more than 100 animals, most of them with cool names like Goat-Zilla, Marco Polo, and Pub — and an Instagram with an enviable aesthetic.
If you haven’t figured it out, Slow Farm isn’t your usual agricultural experience. Rachel, program director of the nonprofit Visual Art Exchange, and Carl, a history professor at Methodist University, employ only traditional, historical farming methods on their land in Cameron. It’s a process that takes far longer than using modern chemicals, hence the farm’s name.
“This is an amazing time to be a farmer,” says Rachel. “When I was a kid, you learned things by hopefully knowing older farmers, but now there’s Google and YouTube and Instagram and Facebook groups.”
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the couple’s work during an open house on Sunday. Don’t forget to bring your leftover pumpkins to feed the six litters of piglets — and say hi to Kevin the Farm Cat, who has more followers than you.