The Biggest Little Farm

The Biggest Little Farm

DVD - 2019
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John Chester chronicles the eight-year quest he and Molly Chester went on when they traded city living for 200 acres of barren farmland in the foothills of Ventura County and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chester's unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.
Publisher: [Canada?] : Universal Studios Canada Inc., [2019]
Branch Call Number: DVD B
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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sundanced
May 21, 2020

A beautiful movie that chronicles a couple's 8 year quest to create a farm that can thrive alongside its wild inhabitants. Watch as they transform 200 acres of barren farmland into an area rich with biodiversity; where domesticated plants and animals exist in harmony with nature.

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Mar 05, 2020

This movie was so interesting, inspirational, and wholesome! An excellent look into how everything balances out in natural circumstances.

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Clamato
Feb 27, 2020

Beautiful story! Absolutely gorgeous farm! Some parts I could not watch, some things made me cry but it was thoroughly enjoyable. Would love to visit it one day. They really did something remarkable. Really worth watching.

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DracAthos
Feb 18, 2020

Thoroughly enjoyable look at farming.
It was entertaining yet informative. Didn't shy away from the negative aspects of animal husbandry.

Reminded me a lot of my grandparent's farm.

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cmarie20
Dec 28, 2019

What a beautiful story - they took barren land and made paradise.

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rugolin
Dec 27, 2019

Definitely a crowdpleasing documentary about a professional couple from Los Angeles who move to the country like Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor in Green Acres to start a biodiverse organic farm. It is very illuminating to see the extreme hard work and long days that goes into growing food and farming. Also the ups and downs which natural pests,extreme weather and disease can throw at the couple. The only part that is missing from the film is the financial story of the business. I wondered where the many millions of dollars of investment it took to make over 200 acres of farm land over 5-8 years with little income coming in came from. How did they pay a large staff who works 6 days a week with 10 hour days? The couple in interviews say they were helped by venture capitalists who funded their dream instead of having to go deep into debt. When the movie ends you just wish them the best of luck and hope their business will be a self sustaining and successful model for other farming operations in the future.

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amanoletters99
Dec 18, 2019

This is what the future of farming looks like if we what to survive the stupidity and ignorance of monoculture corporate farming. It's all about the health of the soil and living in balance as best we can with the natural world we occupy. I tip my hat to these folks for their vision and courage, well done!! I want to go to there.

SnoIsleLib_BrianH Dec 11, 2019

A brilliantly told story for all of these farms/farmers on Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve, Whidbey Island. And farms like them all around the world.

https://www.3sistersbeef.com/

https://www.bells-farm.com/

https://willowoodfarm.wordpress.com/

https://www.eckholm.com/

http://www.prairiebottomfarm.com/photo-album/

https://www.facebook.com/SPFProduce/

Very enjoyable filming and story telling, with a fun soundtrack to enhance the farm/animal settings and scenery.

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Courier2003
Nov 28, 2019

Interesting array of animals. How could you take the barren land and turn it into a beautiful farm? They started out with no money. Did they get burned out with the fire? The piglets were cute. Were they financed by a production company to developed the farm? Lots of trials and tribulations with animals and chickens.

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chazbufe
Nov 15, 2019

A well made, inspirational documentary about the challenges and rewards of small-scale organic farming and land reclamation. It would have been nice if the film was more straightforward about how it was all financed--the farm project obviously cost millions, but the narrator merely says that the protagonists, John and Molly Chester, talked about their "vision" and raised money because of that vision. Given that John Chester was a professional wildlife photographer living in L.A., and that the film begins with footage taken before the purchase of the farm and follows it all the way through its development, it seems likely that they raised money for _both_ the farm and film simultaneously, and that the farm project would never have taken place without the simultaneous film project. It would have been nice if the film makers had been more transparent about this. That's a minor quibble, though, and the film is well worth viewing.

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