Growing the Big One (TV Movie 2010) - Plot Summary Poster

(2010 TV Movie)


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  • Seattle radio talk-show host Emma Silver inherits grandpa Walt's pumpkin farm in Valleyville. She didn't plan to respect his last will, which was to run the farm, but loses her job and is forced to accept hosting a new 'green' program. In order to keep it, she must pay off a $75,000 mortgage. To that end, she hopes to win the pumpkin growing contest using grandpa's winning seed line and cultivation log. Neighbor Seth Cullen, the town's handyman (and actually a Stanford engineering graduate), has a hard time convincing her they need to team up.

  • Seattle radio call-in show host Emma Silver is called back to the small town of Valleyville, a three hour drive away, upon learning of the death of her paternal grandfather, farmer Walt Silver. Like every farmer in Valleyville, Walt primarily grew pumpkins, as Valleyview holds a competitive annual pumpkin growing contest. Emma has not been back to Valleyville, where she used to visit all the time as a child, since the tragic death of her parents when they were visiting there while Emma was away at college. As she is his only next of kin, Walt deeds the farm to Emma, despite he knowing she knows nothing about farming, and deeds her a few seeds from his last award winning pumpkin, the latest in a lineage. In a note to her, he asks her to make sure the spirit of his legacy in the farm is preserved, if not by her than by someone she trusts will honor it. He also mentions that he hopes she can deal with issues that he could not during his life, which she learns is a $75,000 mortgage on the farm, due at the end of the current year's growing season. Walt's death also leads to Emma getting to know some of her new Valleyview neighbors, some of who have an agenda. Valleyville Mayor Kyle Finster, who is also the bank manager, wants Emma to sell Walt's farm to a developer, in the name of the town's "progress", and to foreclose if need be to get that to happen. And Emma's next door neighbor, Seth Cullen, who earns a living as a mechanic running such a business on his farm, wants to buy some of Walt's pumpkin seeds in an effort to open his own garage on Main Street to compete against Mighty Muffler, a chain outfit coming to town as part of the Mayor's progress. Emma also learns that Seth's plan involves winning the pumpkin growing contest, which has the potential of a $50,000 prize if the world record of 1,878 pounds for a single pumpkin is broken. In combination with work issues resulting from a corporate merger, Emma decides to stay on the farm for the season to try and win that $50,000 prize to save the farm. As Emma tries to learn all she can about farming, including the secrets of the other locals and of her late grandfather, she may come to the realization of who may be best to look after Walt's legacy in the long term, and what she herself wants for her life.



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