FROSTBURG — The Wholesome Harvest Co-op and Frostburg State University’s Folklife and Folklore program are sponsoring the documentary film “The Biggest Little Farm” on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 132 of the Fine Arts Building at FSU. The event is free and open to the public.

Apricot Lane Farms is a traditional foods farm started by John and Molly Chester, a husband and wife team who left their jobs in Los Angeles to become farmers in 2011. Located 40 miles north of Los Angeles, the farm is dedicated to the mission of creating a well-balanced ecosystem and rich soils that produce nutrient-dense foods while treating the environment and the animals with respect.

Apricot Lane farm residents include pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, guinea hens, horses, Highland cattle and one brown swiss dairy cow named Maggie, many of which appear in the film. The land consists of biodynamic-certified avocado and lemon orchards, a vegetable garden, pastures and over 75 varieties of stone fruit.

Local farmers who are exploring or pursuing agricultural practices depicted in the film include Backbone Mountain Produce, Goodness Grows, Heartwood Farm, Honey Moon Farm, Leaning Pine Farm, Savage Mountain Farm and Three Sisters Farm. The farmers will participate in a post-film discussion with Cheryl DeBerry, Garrett County natural resources business specialist,  and Billy Bishoff of the Garrett County Farm Bureau. 

The PG-rated film is 92 minutes in length and a family-friendly documentary; however, true to farm life, occasional animal deaths occur.

Funding for the film screening was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service Local Food Promotion Program.

For questions about the film, or free parking for the event, contact WMDGND@gmail.com or 240-580-0305. 

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