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The Biggest Little Farm at 7PM Part of the Summer Docs Series
Expert discussion following the film with Erika Vernon of Elawa Farm, Eric Carlberg of Prairie Crossing Farm and Kate Gannon of Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest Youth Farm.
Uplifting, educational, and entertaining, The Biggest Little Farm is an environmental advocacy documentary with a satisfying side dish of hope for the future.
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.
Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.
Directed by John Chester
Erika Vernon – Director of Programs and Communication, Elawa Farm
Erika joined Elawa Farm as the Garden Manager in 2016. Under her guidance, the vegetable garden doubled in size, the Garden intern program established and grew & Elawa began a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Currently, her role at Elawa includes bringing meaningful programming to the community around food, gardening & sustainable practices. She learned to garden as a child, has a BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, a certificate in Sustainable Agriculture from College of Lake County & a Permaculture Design Certificate from Very Edible Gardens, studying with permaculture founder David Holmgren in Melbourne, Australia. You will most likely find Erika barefoot in her garden, baking tomato tarts à la David Lebovitz, and tweaking the community compost system she built with her husband in their backyard.
Kate Gannon – Program Support, Windy City Harvest
Kate joined Windy City Harvest in September 2012 as an intern through Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work, and she was hired as the program assistant in 2013. Gannon helped Windy City Harvest develop both a resource tool kit for the transitional jobs program and a referral network that Windy City Harvest can use for transitional employees and students. She is a licensed social worker and works with the Corps crews, referring them to community-based services as needed. She works with the Corps and Apprenticeship students during Roots of Success, teaching and leading job-development activities such as resumé and cover-letter writing, and mock interviews.
Eric Carlberg – Director of Education and Farm Operations, Prairie Crossing Farms
Eric strives to create meaningful and empowering work and educational opportunities and believes in the power of food to create community. He expanded the Montessori School of Lake Forest’s adolescent farm program, shaped the Prairie Farm Corps from its inception, and collaborated with local churches to create the Community Gleaning Project. Eric currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center.
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