Documentarian John Chester and his wife Molly work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles.


John Chester
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Credited cast:
John Chester ... Self
Molly Chester Molly Chester ... Self
Lydia Marie Hicks Lydia Marie Hicks ... Volunteer Farmer
Matthew Pilachowski Matthew Pilachowski ... Singing Wedding Guest


A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. When the barking of their beloved dog Todd leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature. The land they've chosen, however, is utterly depleted of nutrients and suffering from a brutal drought. The film chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsize idealism as they attempt to create the utopia they seek, planting 10,000 orchard trees and over 200 different crops, and bringing in animals of every kind- including an unforgettable pig named Emma and her best friend, Greasy the rooster. When the farm's ecosystem finally begins to reawaken, so does the Chesters' hope - but as ... Written by NEON

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John Chester: This all started with a promise that we would leave the big city and build a life in perfect harmony with nature.
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Referenced in Some Kind of Heaven (2020) See more »


Sun, Flood, or Drought
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Compelling story, but lacking information about finances
26 May 2020 | by Jonad-2026See all my reviews

If you want to see a well paced and beautifully filmed documentary about an ethically-driven farm, please watch and enjoy. I'm no biologist (or farmer), so I offer no critiques about how they handled day to day issues concerning their animals and crops.

What was missing, however, was information about the ongoing finances of the farm - how much it cost to get it running, and how they obtained the capital to keep it going until they could generate income. What were the specific terms for repayment to investors? They were pouring money into animals, crops, and equipment even after acquiring the land. I was also interested in how or whether they paid and housed employees, and how much operating income they were generating from crops versus animals.

I understand that "dollars and cents" may not be the most interesting issue, but if the point of the documentary was to encourage others to pursue the same dream, then it would have been helpful to devote 5-10 minutes explaining how they kept it all going, financially.

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Release Date:

10 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Reno, Nevada, USA See more »


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$110,492, 12 May 2019

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