John Chester is an Emmy-winning director and has been a filmmaker and television director for the last 25 years. His latest project The Biggest Little Farm, is a feature-length film that chronicles the epic 8-year story of Apricot Lane Farms, the regenerative farm he and his wife Molly started in 2011.
Molly Chester is an author, farmer and chef known for her breadth of culinary work with traditional food techniques. She authored the popular traditional foods blog, Organic Spark, which became the inspiration for her traditional foods cookbook, Back to Butter. In 2011, Molly’s culinary journey led her and her husband John to start Apricot Lane Farms, a 214-acre biodynamic farm in Moorpark, California, with the goal of producing the most healthy, flavourful, and nutrient-dense food possible.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Apricot Lane Farms fall crops
- How rescuing Todd the dog inspired John & Molly’s new way of living
- Molly’s passion for food and her PCOS healing journey
- The world of regenerative agriculture
- Understanding the differences between industrial farming, regenerative ag, and permaculture organic farming
- Everything is connected
- The beginning of Apricot Lane Farms
- Changes in the consumer market over the years
- Trusting your instincts as a farmer
- You learn through failures
- The benefit of WWOOF volunteers
- Farming for beauty and diversity
- Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC) labelling
- Windrow composting vs. worm composting
- The circle of life
- Animal input is needed to create healthy soil systems
- Coming face to face with grief
- We all have blood on our hands
- The nutrient density of food
- We need more innovation to solve problems
- Finding peace in nature
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Apricot Lane Farms
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The Biggest Little Farm (documentary)
Donna Gates – The Body Ecology Diet (book)
Rutger Bregman – Humankind (book)
Demeter – Biodynamic Certification
Joel Salatin (books)
Listen to Joel Salatin previously on TUHP (episode #069)
Allan Savory (books)
Gabe Brown – Dirt To Soil (book)
Patagonia – Regenerative Organic Certification
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo – Eat Right 4 Your Type (book)
364: Robb Wolf – Well Raised Meat Is Good For You And The Planet
340: Kimbal Musk – From Tech To Chef, Making Real Food Accessible, Indoor Farming
297: Carly Stein – The Role Of Bees, Sustainable Beekeeping, Bee Pollen Is Natures Multivitamin
281: Vani Hari aka Food Babe – Feeding You Lies • Non-GMO vs. Organic • Life As A New Mom
089: Dr. Josh Axe – Eat Dirt • Leaky Gut Is The Root Cause Of All Disease • Soil-Based Organisms
John & Molly Chester photo credit: Yvette Roman Photography
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