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The documentary The Biggest Little Farm follows John and Molly Chester from their tiny L.A. apartment to a farm spread out over 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, as they embark on a journey to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind, in complete co-existence with nature. Over the course of eight years of daunting work, they take the land that was depleted of nutrients and suffering from a brutal drought and plant 10,000 orchard trees and over 200 different crops while also bringing in animals of every kind – including Emma, an unforgettable pig who’s clearly the star of the farm – eventually getting the farm’s ecosystem to a place of perfect harmony in a way that is truly awe-inspiring.
Collider was recently invited out to Apricot Lane Farms (where you can also take a public tour on designated dates during the year) to sit down and chat with John and Molly Chester about their incredible journey. During the interview, they talked about the challenges of making a film that you’re also the subject of, the editing process, shooting a movie while also running a farm, meeting and surpassing the vision that they had for the farm itself, everything they learned along the way, watching their son be born into and grow up in this environment, what they hope audiences take from seeing the documentary, and their future plans for the farm.
How hard was it to actually put the film the together, knowing that there is probably so much more that happened, that we don’t get to see?
JOHN: Yeah. You definitely have to ultimately acknowledge that there is only going to be time for about 90 or so minutes. That’s a process that took us a year and a half, to cut the film. I...
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