The successes and failures of a couple determined to live in harmony with nature on a farm outside of Los Angeles are lovingly chronicled by filmmaking farmer John Chester in this inspiring documentary.
Filmmaker John Chester and his wife Molly, a culinary writer, trade city life to start their own farm on a stretch of depleted soil outside Los Angeles. Part of their inspiration is to offer a better, outdoor life for their rescue dog, Todd. Moreover, they want to live in better harmony with nature. Many of us hold similar dreams, but John and Molly put them into action. Chronicling their efforts for more than eight years, the film follows as the couple faces mounting obstacles: coyotes, insects, bad weather, and disease. While many farmers would respond with pesticides, extermination, and concentration on a single crop, John and Molly remain steadfast in their commitment to working with nature, not against it. Teeming with stunningly beautiful images of flora and fauna, and a pregnant hog that will melt your heart, The Biggest Little Farm is a testament to idealism.
(USA / 2018 / Directed by John Chester)
PG / 1 hr 31 mins.