New doc chronicles how a California farming oasis came to be

MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) — In the new documentary “The Biggest Little Farm,” an urban couple abandons city life with a dream of farming in harmony with nature. And at first it doesn’t exactly go well.

It took eight years of hard labor and a good share of failure for John and Molly Chester to create what is now Apricot Lane Farms, an oasis 50 miles from downtown Los Angeles in Moorpark, California.

When they got to the 200 acre plot, the soil was dead. Now, through soil development and restoration, the Chesters grow over 100 types of vegetables, 75 types of fruit, from avocado to citrus, and raise animals including cows, sheep, chickens, ducks, guinea hens and a pig named Emma.

The documentary opens in select theaters Friday.

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