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 in Quebec. He has had the privilege of learning from and apprenticing under some truly inspirational and professional farmers over the years. In 2017 he co-founded Rooted Oak Farm, a vegetable and cut flower farm serving the Ottawa and Kingston area.
Stuart is a proud member of the National Farmers Union and has worked as an organizer at the grassroots, provincial and national level of the organization. He served as the National NFU Youth President for three years. He is the current Vice-President of Canadian Organic Growers and is a passionate advocate of ecological and organic production. He chairs the NFU Climate Committee and works in various capacities for the farmer coalition Farmers for Climate Solutions. In the winter months and when not otherwise working you can hear him on the Who Will Feed Us Podcast where he is a producer and co-host.
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!
Kingsley is deputy of the vole patrol unit and lover of all humans. He is extremely playful and a really big fan of his big brother Remus. He's still learning the ropes of farm dog life, but tries his best to be a very good dog. You can be sure that when coming to farm he'll be the first to ask for pets!