We give thanks to Black Hill Regional Park, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and the Montgomery County Food Council for cosponsoring and facilitating.
Ashley Jordan, Red Wiggler Community Farm
Michelle Nelson, Montgomery Parks community garden program manager
Caroline Taylor of MCA
Catherine Nardi, MC Food Council
- This field trip was probably one of the most influential field trips I’ve ever been on. Before going on this trip, I already knew that I wanted to start a business concerned around sustainable agriculture so instead of the movie influencing me to create a sustainable farm, it gave me ideas of how to run the farm that I do have in the future. I really appreciate that even though there were many challenges with coyotes, gophers, snails and ducks, the problems always ended up solving other problems and worked themselves out. That occurrence happens in nature and life as well. Bad things may happen and create setbacks, but without those setbacks we wouldn’t be where we are today. I also took away the solutions they used in hopes that when I create a farm in the future, I can use those solutions to inspire solutions to problems that will inevitably occur.
- There is this repeated pattern of problem and solution throughout the entire film. I was inspired by how they refused to take the easy way out. They were steadfast in working with nature and making their own ecosystem within the farm. Whenever they had problems, they looked for solutions in nature, not chemicals. They had grit and pursued and stuck with their values. Their mentor, Alan, was an integral part of their success, as he pushed for stare of the art facilities and beautiful yet sustainable landscaping. This film showed that it is still possible to farm in harmony with nature and that nature is not against us humans. We just have to work a little harder and be more creative to truly see the fruits of our labor. This film has changed my own perspective on life to where when I have a problem I will first take a step back to analyze the issue before finding a good solution.
- One of the tips from the movie, The Biggest Little Farm, that really stood out to me is how even pests have a role to play in a farm. Usually farmers will use pesticides or other means to get rid of them. They’re so focused on the negative and their belief that pests must die that those farmers never consider what positives the pests have.