"The visually stunning documentary ""The Biggest Little Farm"" follows documentarian John Chester and his wife Molly in their journey to create Apricot Lane Farms, a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles. The film chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsize idealism as they attempt to create a utopia: planting 10,000 orchard trees and over 200 different crops, and bringing in animals of every kind--including an unforgettable pig named Emma and her best friend, Greasy the rooster. Along the way, they face challenges they never anticipated—from the land itself, drought and flooding, the farm’s animals, and the surrounding wildlife. They learn about the farm’s delicate ecosystem and the intricacies of nature—and how every animal, human, and plant on the farm must coexist in order to survive. SAVING EMMA THE PIG is the first in a new picture book series featuring the animals from Apricot Lane Farms. The book was first developed from John Chester’s short film, ""Saving Emma,"" which was featured in Oprah's Super Soul Sunday show and won an Emmy award. Full of inspiring lessons and warmth, these soothing stories are so much more than just cute animal tales—they introduce young readers to life on a farm and the unique, heartwarming relationship between these animals and the people who care for them. In a world full of increasing concern about climate change and global warming, John and Molly’s mission to create a sustainable farm is one that will inspire and educate viewers. This film would be an incredibly valuable resource for library programming about environmentalism, while the picture book is the perfect way to introduce young readers to this story and the concepts addressed in the film. ""The Biggest Little Farm"" will fascinate library patrons who are interested in environmentalism, sustainability, ecology, nature, or farming. This film and the book would also support STEM curriculums wonderfully. With its breathtaking visuals and inspiring message, ""The Biggest Little Farm"" brings viewers along on a fascinating journey that will no doubt entertain and inform them. It’s also a real treat for animal lovers—young and old!""
Running Time: 91 min
Sponsored by: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Now Showing
Cost: Included with full conference registration.