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A Different Kind of Farm
Emmy-winning documentarian John Chester and his wife Molly (a chef with a dedication to traditional foods) are evicted from their apartment because their dog, Todd, barks too much when they're not around. They sense he needs more space. What do they do? Start a farm, of course! To increase the challenge, they choose a decrepit, run-down farm with poor soil, and they want to bring it back to life using organic, sustainable methods. Needing copious advice, they team up with biodiversity guru Alan York, who suggests that, if done right, the soil can be revitalized and the various agricultural elements they introduce can help regulate weeds and pests naturally, ultimately making the farm almost self-sustaining. Of course, there are enormous challenges they face--it will be several years before the farm can be productive, and there are pests and predators to deal with. Every success seems to have an accompanying setback--fruit is damaged, animals are attacked. There are some scenes that are sad, painful, even gruesome, but they all feel essential to the story. Even so, there are wondrous, joyful and humorous moments that reinforce hope--and the animals simply steal the show. Can the Chesters succeed without compromising their ideals? Chester depicts the highs and lows of their adventure unflinchingly, and ultimately gives us an uplifting saga.

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