Apricot Lane Farms is a traditional foods farm started by husband and wife team, John and Molly Chester, who left their jobs in LA in 2011 to become farmers and pursue their dreams. The Biggest Little Farm is a documentary movie which chronicles their eight-year journey turning the dry, nutrient-depleted land into a self-sustaining, biodynamic 213-acre farm.
The Biggest Little Farm is a documentary about the complexity of nature and the Chesters relationship to it. It follows their efforts in California’s Ventura County as they try to build a new existence for themselves and their dog in harmony with themselves and the land.
Located 40 miles north of LA, Apricot Lane Farms is dedicated to the mission of creating a well-balanced eco-system and rich soils that produce nutrient-dense foods while treating the environment and the animals with respect.
Cameraman, director and farmer John Chester spent eight years chronicling their journey – the “naivety and idealism”, he admits – as they set out to build a sustainable farm with greatest possible diversity of plants and animals.
John Chester said: “It was really challenging to allow myself to film the problems and the mistakes that we were making. I had to shut off the ego and not worry about exposing mistakes. Lots of times we would have interns with us on the farm who became really confident shooters, and they would encourage me to allow them to film things that I was uncomfortable with. I knew that they were right but that was a constant battle that went on in my head. In the end that’s what I’m most proud of, we kept it real.”
The Biggest Little Farm was released last month. For screenings check, The Biggest Little Farm website.
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