370: John & Molly Chester - The Biggest Little Farm
09.15.2020 - By The Ultimate Health Podcast
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 Show sponsors: Paleovalley <== 15% off all Paleovalley products by using the code ultimatehealth at checkout BLUblox <== 15% off the world's most advanced blue light glasses Organifi <== 20% off all Organifi products Related links: Apricot Lane Farms Follow Apricot Lane Farms on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter 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) Ray Archuleta WWOOF Patagonia - Regenerative Organic Certification Dr. Bronner's National Science Foundation (NSF) Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo - Eat Right 4 Your Type (book) Related episodes: 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 Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won't cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you! How can you support our podcast? 1. Apple users, please subscribe and review our show on Apple Podcasts, we make sure to read them all. Android users, be sure to subscribe to our show on Google Podcasts. Subscribers never miss any of the action ;) 2. Tell a friend about The Ultimate Health Podcast. They will surely thank you later. You can use the envelope button below to email a friend or tell them about TUHP in person. 3. Join TUHP Facebook community (FREE). This is where we all stay in touch and ask questions in between episodes. Join our community. 4. Follow our adventures on our favourite social media platform, Instagram. 5. Download The Ultimate Health Podcast app (FREE). This way you'll have our whole library of episodes right at your fingertips. Download our iOS/Apple app or our Android app. 6. Share using the buttons below. Thank you!