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 their plan to create perfect harmony takes a series of wild turns, they realize that to survive they will have to reach a far greater understanding of the intricacies and wisdom of nature, and of life itself.
★★★★ – Time Out
"pure cinematic dopamine"
"Like a cross between 'Microcosmos' and an origin story for Old MacDonald, this wonderful doc is possibly the most joyous 90 minutes you'll spend in a cinema this year."
★★★★ – Arizona Republic
"It looks drop-dead gorgeous and, despite a few storytelling short cuts, it's unexpectedly moving."
★★★½ (out of 4 )- Boston Globe
"It's truly food for the soul."
★★★½ - Stuff
"Although punctuated with some engaging and clever two-dimensional animation, the joy of Biggest Little Farm comes from its warts-and-all chronicle."
★★★ – The Guardian
"Those interested in farming, adorable animals and environmentally friendly lifestyles will swoon over this lovingly made documentary.."