The Biggest Little Farm documents optimists John and Molly Chester, and their dog Todd, as they trade their cramped Santa Monica apartment for 200 acres of farmland in Moorpark, California. Their dream is to build a traditional farm that coexists with nature—but they head out with no knowledge of farming. Over seven years, the Chesters manage to transform their barren farmland into a self-contained ecosystem fueled by equal parts manure and hope. With the guidance of energetic biodynamic consultant Alan York (whom they lose to cancer part way through), John and Molly learn to utilize complexity and diversity to manage the farm, but not without slip-ups. Directed by John Chester, the cinematography is visually stunning but also instructional, mapping a path to rebuilding biodiversity and creating a regenerative farm. The film could not be more timely, as the future of agriculture and the possibilities outside conventional farming become increasingly important for our future. (John Chester, 2019, USA, 91 minutes)
This film is sponsored by Robert Nelson and Van Broughton Ramsey.
The film is preceded by Karen’s Swiss Chard and White Beans (Aube Giroux, 2019, USA, 5 min.). Giroux also directed Modified, which was featured at Film Days in 2018.