‘The Biggest Little Farm’ Review Haiku: Old Becomes New Again

HAIKU REVIEW

Engaging Premise;
Informs And Still Entertains;
Packs A True Message.

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS

It is often stated that history is cyclical, with the past always finding a way to repeat itself. In the case of Apricot Lanes Farms, old ways of farming are made new again, replacing modern techniques focused solely on mass output and embracing a concept of complete biodiversity to the fullest possible extent. The ecosystem they have built is especially admirable considering the condition and history of the farm and soil when John and Molly Chester (a cameraman focusing on nature documentaries and a chef with big dreams of farming, respectively) purchased the space.

The way they turn such dead land into something so thriving over the course of eight years is truly something to see and appreciate. One aspect I really enjoyed was that it doesn’t bother with scare tactics or demonizing “Big Farming” as an industry, instead focusing on its own story and how that offers some hope for the future. I’ve seen some refer to it as more of a commercial than anything else, and while its true that it takes a few shortcuts in terms of the way its story is told, The Biggest Little Farm is an uplifting story that offers laughs, heartbreak, and an endless sense of wonder.

John Chester’s background as a nature-based documentary cameraman works wonders here, offering a big-picture, Disney Nature-style take on a relatively small operation. Once nature really takes hold after the first few seasons, they offer a great sense of the possibilities that this type of system, and the planet in general, can offer humanity. Especially for those willing to put in the necessary amounts of love and effort.

GRADE: B+

The Biggest Little Farm is Written By John Chester and Mark Monroe and Directed By John Chester


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