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(Documentary about building a farm)

John and Molly Chester were living in a small California apartment when they received an eviction notice because their beloved dog, Todd, barked all day while they were at work.

John was a wildlife photographer and Molly a chef. Because of their dog, they took a giant leap and bought 200 acres of barren farmland and, with the help of a sustainable farming expert, Adam York, brought the land back to life. We follow their incredible eight-year journey, with all of its ups and downs, as they develop the "Biggest Little Farm.”

The photography is as good as it gets, with close-ups of animals, insects, birds and just about every living creature, wild and domestic, that finds its way to the land. They literally bring the soil back to life through an intricate plan to develop a biodiverse design.

Besides being entertaining, the film is a lesson in ecology and regeneration. We learn how different elements of nature work together and occasionally against each other. When snails destroy crops, they bring in owls to eat the snails. The bird droppings return to the soil and enrich it. We watch piglets being born, coyotes stalking chickens, and a unique "friendship" between a rooster and a pig.

We can't say enough about this wonderful independent movie, a classic that should have huge audiences flocking to the Avon to see first hand the beauty and the power of nature at work, guided by people who understand what they are doing and create a habitat that is a living lesson in adaptability and sustainability.

Rated PG, only because it not only shows the good side of nature but also the realities. The movie should be shown in every school system in the country.


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