The Biggest Little Farm

Nature can be kind and cruel, and this doc shows how it can be balanced.

I apologize for not presenting my review of “The Biggest Little Farm” sooner; I was just on a tight schedule, and struggled to find a way to even things out. But I finally reviewed it, and this doc shows us how nature can give and take from two dreamers, and yet inspire them to do better with their crops and animals.

The two dreamers I’m referring to are John and Molly Chester, California residents, with a dog named Todd, who is always barking in their apartment, when they’re not at home. To make sure he stays in their family, they decide to fund for their own farm, one that connects them to nature.

John (the film’s writer/producer/cinematographer/director) is an “Animal Planet” cameraman and Molly is a culinary chef, and they both buy 200 acres of land, which turns out to be dried out. A drought destroyed any chance of farming, but with some help, they get the tools they need to be make it habitable to both plants and animals.

That’s when things get complicated.

They sell fresh eggs to the public, but coyotes break in to devour the chickens. They grow delicious fruits, which get tainted by snails and bugs. And they revamped an empty pond, which gets poisoned by duck excrements.

So, this is bad for business.

But John and Molly discover that ducks love snails, coyotes can eat other unwanted creatures to counter balance the farm, and they have a nice plump pig to give birth to numerous piglets. Their faith and understandings come from their mentor Alan York, who dies during their journey, and gives shows them the ropes to old-fashioned farming.

It’s always depressing to see such a delicious farm be devoured by the forces of nature, but it’s always refreshing to see nature give the two farmers blessings in disguises. “The Biggest Little Farm” is a clean, subtle film that offers educational values to kids, as well as hope for adults as well.

This is about commitment from two people who want to have their own clean environment, and must understand every aspect in order to make it a reality. They have to absorb the plants and animals, and every step of the way, we support them on that notion.

The movie is also beautifully photographed with help from the cinematographers (Chester, Benji Lanpher, Mallory Cunningham, Chris Martin, and Kyle Romanek), who capture the beauty and drama of nature. There are clean shots, dirty shots, and healthy shots; and we’re gazing at them with such ease.

There’s not a day when I don’t wish we could live in a healthy world, but at the very least, there are those who wish to contribute to nature. “The Biggest Little Farm” is both sentimental and warm.


Categories: Documentary

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