It’s a compelling story! So much so that we made a feature documentary about it called The Biggest Little Farm. The film documents John and Molly’s early days on the farm regenerating our land and witnessing our ecosystem reawaken.
There’s a lot of info out there! Here’s a list of our recommended mentors, books, videos, and documentaries that have inspired the “lens” we use to see our farm and have helped inform many of our practices.
For media or special project inquiries, please see our Press page, and kindly fill out this form. Due to the growing needs of the farm, availability is limited. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
Our volunteer program is currently on hold, but we appreciate your willingess to lend a helping hand.
There are lots of resources and programs for farming guidance, like our apprentice program and recommended resources page. You can also experience different farms and farming methods through WWOOF, researching farms in your community and staying curious, and asking lots of good questions along the way.
Unfortunately, as a busy working farm, we’re not able to receive spontaneous visitors. But, we do offer farm tours, which is a great way to come and see the farm and learn more about what we’re doing. Learn more about our tours here.
At the moment we’re not able to offer private or school tours, but hope to do so in the future. Find more information about our tour offerings here.
You should have received a confirmation after purchasing your tickets. On the week of the tour we will email you directions to the farm as well as information on what to bring. For any questions please feel free to contact email@example.com
As a busy working farm and complex ecosystem that’s currently producing a series, we can only grant permission to a very limited amount of outside filming or photography. We welcome your request, which you can make by filling out this form and we’ll respond as soon as possible.
Stop by one of our four weekly farmers markets to purchase farm produce, meat, & eggs— Santa Monica Wednesday, Thousand Oaks Thursday, Ventura Saturday, and Mar Vista Sunday. Our eggs and meat are sold exclusively at farmers markets, but you can find our produce and post-harvest products at Erewhon and other local retail partners. Find more information on where to buy, here.
Yes, we have an On-Farm Farmstand on Saturdays from 10AM – 2PM when our tours are in session. You can subscribe to our newsletter to be first to know when it’s open for the season.
The Biggest Little Farm is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, on-demand (AppleTV, Amazon, etc.), and is currently streaming on Hulu. Copies for streaming can be purchased here or purchase a DVD or Blu-ray signed by John or Molly to support the farm from our online store here.
At this time The Biggest Little Farm is available in more than 20 countries outside the U.S., including Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, The UK, Spain, and Brazil.
Please do! The best way to host a private screening is through our group screening program. Enquire here
We’re so glad our epic journey inspires you to look for ways to reintegrate your own life with the forces of nature that surround us all. Here are some of the biggest little ways you can make an impact in your ecosystem!
Post-harvest goods, like our Avocado Oil, can only be sold within the U.S.
We hope you love everything you order, but in case you don’t, you may return any product purchased on apricotlanefarms.com within 30 days from the date of purchase for a full refund. The returns must be in original packaging, unused (unworn, unwashed, unaltered). Along with the returned item(s), include your name, email address and order number. We do not accept returns for items for consumption
Today our farm is 234-acres with over 100 varieties of fruit and nut trees in our orchards and over 160 varieties of vegetables, fruits, edible flowers and herbs in our market garden garden. We raise a variety of animals which we graze rotationally on our perennial pastures including cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, a horse, and free range guinea fowl.
While we’re Certified organic (CCOF) and Biodynamic (Demeter), we don’t limit ourselves to one “type” of farming and our methods borrow from many different philosophies, focusing on anything that works with our particular ecosystem. Our guiding farming principle is to treat the farm as a holistically contained ecosystem centered around regenerating the land, building soil, and enhancing biodiversity.
While that is an option it is ultimately not feasible for our methods of rebuilding soil through rotational grazing. Building soil requires animal inputs. As the animals age they would begin to need more and more help to live, which overtime would become unsustainable for the farmer to maintain the resources and energy to keep aging sick animals alive — as anyone who has struggled to keep just one ailing family pet alive knows.
The number of eggs we are able to sell is directly correlated to the high value we place on our hens’ quality of life, as well as rebuilding the soil. If we put too many hens on our pasture, it will create an imbalance in the nature of our ecosystem, lessening the nutritional benefits of our eggs, our hens’ health, and thus a breakdown in the system.
Due to protocols to keep our animals healthy and limit the risk of introducing disease, we are unable to accept rescue farm animals.
Yes, we require apprentices to work EVERY holiday during their stay, expect to work the entire day although most often it is less hours.
Yes, Saturday is the only day off and apprentices work Sunday-Friday. Some rotations require you to work on a Saturday, for these weeks you will be given a different day off.
Yes, sometimes apprentices will have to do nightly chores– this can include evening chicken checks, sheep checks during lambing season, late night preparations for animal processing, and more.
Yes we encourage all candidates to bring their own vehicle to take advantage of their time off. There is parking near the apprentice house for those who wish to bring their own vehicle.
We will send you a packing list upon acceptance to the apprenticeship program.
We accept four farm apprentices per program period.
Yes, we require applicants to be at least 21 years of age.
We do not allow pets. *Service animals are evaluated on a case by case basis.
As full time employees, you are eligible for the health benefits provided by the farm (Health, Vision and Dental).
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate partners or children to stay for the duration of the program but they are welcome to visit during appropriate times. Guidelines for visitors are outlined upon acceptance to the apprenticeship program.