John and Molly Chester talk about The Biggest Little Farm: The Return, which airs on Disney+ on this Earth Day

NEW YORK – Just in time for Earth Day, a critically acclaimed documentary and sequel returns on Disney+, National Geographic’s The Biggest Little Farm: The Return.

The original film, The Biggest Little Farm, hit theaters in 2018 and chronicled John and Molly Chester as they left their city life to live on a barren farm to grow delicious food in harmony with nature. You can watch the first movie streaming on Hulu.

Both say they don’t miss city life.

“I don’t want to jump too fast to say no, but no, we don’t miss city life at all,” John said.

“You might want to go out to a great restaurant for an occasional evening, but we have a great local place where we go from farm to fork,” said Molly. “We’re fine!”

A decade after they first moved to the country, Apricot Lane Farms is booming and thriving.

“It’s bigger than dreams,” said Molly.

“It’s amazing when you look back and think about where we’ve come from and what’s happened over the last 10 years,” said John.

The company is certified organic, biodynamic and regenerative organic. This means that everything on the farm has a purpose and contributes to the agricultural cycle.

“With this biodiversity toolbox, the solutions become much more apparent to us and the natural system trying to find a balance,” John said.

For example, problem foxes who eat their farm’s chickens soon find a feast among gophers who destroy their orchard, and the Chesters use a flock of ducks to solve the problem of being overrun by snails. The waste caused by the ducks eating the snails enriched the soil and benefited the orchard.

The farm grows more than 200 types of fruit and vegetables regeneratively and raises sheep, cows, pigs, chickens and ducks. John says raising animals for meat must be done with reverence, respect and responsibility.

“Not many people know how many animals sometimes lose their lives just to grow avocados and other fruits. That life cycle is an important part of the process,” said John. “But it doesn’t excuse the responsibility of farmers, or that we as humans live on this planet, to treat all of these animals with the greatest possible human resources and natural environments.”

There’s a part of their farm in Moorpark, California that they’re getting more and more excited to show visitors.

“The lookout,” said Molly.

“Yes, Alan York Lookout. I think it captures the intensity of what biodiversity means to sit on that hilltop,” John said.

“That’s a good spot,” said Molly. “It overlooks the fruit basket with over 75 types of fruit and is just beautiful. John and I, both artists at heart, it’s really important for us to show the aesthetic beauty along with the hard work that goes into making it happen.”

You can only stream The Biggest Little Farm: The Return on Disney+.

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