A Dream and a Promise
A must see permaculture documentary for anyone interested in organic gardening and farming, this video will captivate you throughout the entire film. A story that may bolster your hopes and then dash them, but ultimately, restore your dedication to pursue your dream, with eyes wide open.
We recently enjoyed the inspiring story of a city couple who dreamed of starting an organic permaculture farm and the biodiverse methods they employed. All because of a promise to a dog.
Our farm is energized entirely by the impermanence of life.
~John Chester, The Biggest Little Farm
Best Permaculture Documentary
The Biggest Little Farm
They drove up and stepped out onto the ground of their newly purchased 200 acre farm. The eager newbies with little experience but big vision, scuffed the dry dusty soil with a boot… and then a shovel.
The ground was hard and the dirt, lifeless. For their farm dream to come to life, they needed a miracle. Or… perhaps they just needed permaculture gardening.
The Biggest Little Farm is a permaculture documentary that follows the progress of a young couple over eight years of heartache, joys, fear, excitement, failure and triumph. Year by year they grow in knowledge and wisdom under the mentorship of a biodiversity guru, the former, Alan York.
We watched the hour and a half film “cold” without reading reviews or taking note of ratings. Our consensus opinion is that The Biggest Little Farm permaculture documentary is a real gem and a must see for anyone interested in biodynamic farming in (relative) harmony with nature.
We recommend that folks who aspire to biodiverse farming see the film as both inspiration and a reality check. John and Molly Chester show us the gains and the pitfalls when they aim to farm in sustainable modes using organic, biodiverse, and permaculture gardening approaches.
If you’ve ever struggled with destruction of your precious plants and crops by forces of nature and its creatures, you’ll want to see this.
The Biggest Little Farm is a great film, for plant and nature lovers… even if you never plan to farm.
[On cultivating permaculture biodiversity]:
“Observation followed by creativity followed by humility.”
~Alan York, pioneer in biodynamic gardening & viticulture, 1952-2014
The Permaculture of The Biggest Little Farm Documentary
This film vividly portrays permaculture and biodiversity as an ever changing and evolving system of working with nature toward restoring an elusive balance.
- Creative Solutions
- Observation and Interaction
- Capturing and storing energy
- Small and slow solutions
- Earth care
- Garnering a yield
When Molly and John procure their 200-acre farm they quickly discover their soil is compacted and dead. They find their mentor, Alan York, who sets them on the road to biodiversity starting literally from ground zero (the soil).
Restoring Poor Soil:
It can take an entire year to build up the soil with organic matter, cover crops, worms, and microbes before planting the first crop.
Successful Permaculture Requires Biodiversity
Alan York’s mantra—and that of permaculture—was “diversity”. Diversity must be introduced into the soil, the cover crops, the garden plants, the trees they plant, and the animals they bring on board.
Diversity is one of the main principles of permaculture.
Along with the principle of diversity, we witness the importance of integration and creative, out of the box, solutions. When massive rains wash out the neighboring properties, the biodiverse soil of this permaculture farm handles it beautifully. Cover crops absorb the deluge and all remains in place and the systems are replenished.
Eventually, John and Molly’s farm yields abundance. They share their wealth of experience with others through their film, their internships, tours, and on-line posts.
A Must See for Gardeners and Farmers
We genuinely loved “The Biggest Small Farm”. They keep it real for any would-be “entrefarmeur”. We admire their fortitude and applaud their success. Hopefully, you will watch and find it a real gem.
You can see our review of the documentary here. https://www.gardensall.com/permaculture-documentary-on-biodiversity-gardening-and-farming/
We highly recommend that folks who aspire to small farming see the film as both inspiration and a reality check. John and Molly Chester show us the gains and the pitfalls when they aim to farm in sustainable modes using organic, biodiverse, and permaculture approaches.
This certainly inspires us and gives us perspective. The cycles, the circles of life and death sustain us.
Even if you have just a small garden plot or even patio gardening, The Biggest Little Farm is an inspiring documentary on the cycles of life and nature.
This Amazing Impermanence
This end of summer, as I place the last noble tomato vine in the fire, I turn to the rows of little greens and carrots and broccoli. Grateful to be a gardener immersed in this amazing impermanence.
So, dear friends, when you look upon your own little patch of Eden, may you see that it is Good.
I’m LeAura Alderson, entrepreneur, ideator, media publisher, writer and editor of GardensAll.com. Pursuits in recent years have been more planting seeds of ideas for business growth more than gardening. However, I’ve always kept plants, been interested in medicinal herbs and nutrition and healing from food over pharmacy. I assist in our family gardening projects primarily (at present) through the sharing of information through our websites and newsletters.
As a family we’re steadily expanding our gardening, experimentation and knowledge around all things gardening, edible landscaping, fresh organic foods and self sustainability and hopefully, farming in our future. We thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the creative ingenuity of the GardensAll community. I also own and manage theiCreateDaily.com.