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The Biggest Little Farm

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Original title
The Biggest Little Farm
Year
Running time
91 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Mark Monroe, John Chester
Music
Jeff Beal
Cinematography
Kyle Romanek
Cast
Producer
Distributed by Neon
Genre
Documentary | Small Town Life (North-american)
Synopsis / Plot
In 2011, documentary filmmaker John Chester and his wife, professional chef Molly Chester, made a life-altering decision: the couple left their jobs to move to a patch of land north of Los Angeles and build a farm from the ground up. Motivated by their desire to both live a life outside of the city and provide a better life for their rescue dog Todd, the couple waded through disastrous weather, predators, and local diseases over the next seven years as they devoted themselves to the creation of Apricot Lane Farms, with John documenting every step of the way.

John chronicles their efforts for more than eight years in this sweeping epic of twists and turns related to the creation of Apricot Lane Farms. As neophytes, John and Molly enlist a consultant, Alan York, whose vision is to raise an array of crops and livestock. Alan cautions that it will take seven years before they fully realize their potential. During that wait, they face mounting obstacles: coyotes, insects, bad weather, and disease, like a modern-day Little House on the Prairie. Most farmers would respond with pesticides, extermination, and concentration on a single crop. But following their guru, John and Molly remain steadfast in their commitment to working with nature, not against it.
Awards
2018: Hamptons International Film Festival: Audience Award for Best Documentary
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