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The Biggest Little Farm

Ends Thursday
90% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes
A New York Times Critic’s Pick

This inspiring documentary chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature.

Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.

Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, The Biggest Little Farm provides a blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

Click here to listen to the NPR Documentary of the Week (5/10/19) podcast about the film with Raphaela Neihausen and Thom Powers of NPR affiliate WNYC.

About the Farm
Apricot Lane Farms is a traditional foods farm started by John and Molly Chester, a husband and wife team, who left their jobs in Los Angeles to become farmers and pursue their dream vision of starting Apricot Lane Farms in 2011. Located 40 miles north of Los Angeles, the farm 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.

Apricot Lane farm residents include pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, guinea hens, horses, highland cattle, and one brown swiss dairy cow named “Maggie.” Many of which, you will meet in The Biggest Little Farm. The land consists of Biodynamic Certified avocado and lemon orchards, a vegetable garden, pastures, and over 75 varieties of stone fruit.

"this documentary may...revive your wonder at the weird but ultimately awe-inspiring ways in which humans can help nature do its work."

Glenn Kenny, New York Times

"the real-life equivalent of an epic pastoral storybook tale, but with the kind of happy ending that suggests a blueprint for saving the earth."

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

"it’s unflappably solutions-oriented — like the Chesters themselves — focusing on what a small group of dedicated people can do to improve their immediate environment."

Peter DeBruge, Variety

"A stunning doc that highlights the good will, patience and environmental concerns of a small-farm family."

Harvey S. Karten, The Cinema Source

Movie Info

Directed by John Chester
91 minutes

CINEMA ADMISSION:

REGULAR ADMISSION: $11
REAL ART WAYS MEMBERS: $6
SENIOR & STUDENT MEMBERS: $5.50
SENIORS (65+): $8
FULL-TIME STUDENTS (WITH ID): $8

REAL ART WAYS' FACILITIES ARE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CAFÉ.