The Biggest Little Farm (2018)

The Biggest Little Farm (2018)

Released: 2018
Genre: Documentary, Genre
Director: John Chester
Starring: Molly Chester, John Chester, ,
Run time: 91 min
IMDb: 8/10
Country: USA
Views: 66639


A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. When the barking of their beloved dog Todd leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature. The land they’ve chosen, however, is utterly depleted of nutrients and suffering from a brutal drought. The film chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsize idealism as they attempt to create the utopia they seek, planting 10,000 orchard trees and over 200 different crops, and bringing in animals of every kind- including an unforgettable pig named Emma and her best friend, Greasy the rooster. When the farm’s ecosystem finally begins to reawaken, so does the Chesters’ hope – but as …
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User Reviews: "The Biggest Little Farm (2018), a documentary by natural animal filmmaker, John Chester and his wife Molly is focused on developing a sustainable farm (outside of LA). It explores their struggles on maintaining a large amount of acres discovering a return to farm lifestyle of "biodynamics" and features Alan York, to help restore dead earth into a robust geographic territory of eco diversity.

It features York visiting and consulting the Chester family with all areas, York has been known famously for helping California’s wine industries. During the film, his life is documented which is the strength of the film. Discussing York’s views of biodynamic living. A methodology, and theories based years back with other related associations to Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf School, etc..

And yes, the second strength is the eco diversity of varieties of species coexisting with each other. There’s drama as the Chesters has to deal with "predatory" entities such coyotes, insects, etc.

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