At heart, Nikki loves food... Born and raised as a resident of Wolfe Island, Ontario she has spent her life adventuring in the outdoors.
Her passion for food and the natural world led her to Fleming College where she studied Ecosystem Management, learning about the complex and fascinating connections between living things and the way they interact with one another. She followed her studies by working across the breadth of the province from Kingston to Thunder Bay on commercial vegetable operations, gaining invaluable practical experience in operating a farm business in the modern day.
Learning from skilled professionals, using a wide variety of techniques she has a deeply rooted appreciation of good food and is committed to providing the highest quality produce and value for her farm community and customers.
Raised just outside of Kingston, Ontario Stuart grew up in a non-farming family. After an accidental season spent working on organic farms in Ireland, as a member of WWOOF, he turned to farming full time in 2009. Since then, Stuart has farmed throughout Ontario and now in Quebec. He has had the privilege of learning from and apprenticing under some truly inspirational and professional farmers over the past 8 seasons growing vegetables.
Stuart is a proud member of the National Farmers Union and has worked with Ontario local 316 as a membership coordinator and is the current Youth President for the country. He is a passionate advocate for young farmers and is a vocal proponent of regionalized economies and local food systems, believing strongly in the power of food to bring people together.
Remus is the reigning farm dog at Rooted Oak Farm. He is leader of the Vole Patrol unit, chaser of birds, and snuggler of humans. Remus is Nikki's sidekick and thus finds himself working in the flower fields, munching the carrots that fall on the floor in the packhouse, hanging at the head or the foot of the beds, or making deliveries. Keep an eye out for him at the CSA drop or around Rooted Oak Farm!