The Biggest Little Farm (2019)
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 Los Angeles 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 more than 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.
Want to get to know the Chesters? CLICK HERE to hear an NPR Radio interview with them about making this film!
To celebrate opening night, the landmark movie palace has called together some of the Bay area’s best small farms, sustainable businesses, and environmentally friendly entrepreneurs for a Franklin Street Farmer’s Market from 5:30-7:30pm Friday, May 24 under the historic marquee. Guests can enjoy samples, sales and information from a growing list of organizations. The first 200 participants will receive a FREE Tampa Theatre reusable grocery bag, and guests are also invited to drop off their unwanted wires, batteries, phones and other electronics for recycling, courtesy of Urban E Recycling.