Bringing the local food revolution home!
We’re committed to urban farming & gardening. If it has to do with growing food in small spaces and getting fresh, nourishing food to our community, we’re into it. There’s a tremendous amount that can be grown within the confines of a few backyards. We believe that “farm small and farm smart” is the mantra for the future of farming. At least when it comes to growing fresh, nutrient dense food that powers up the body and the mind!
Transplanted from Maine in 1998, Ethan’s been growing food in Burlington backyards for over a decade. “At first it was so much trial and error, if I’d had to feed myself with what I grew in those first years, I’d have been toast.” Things began to come together in 2013 when some good friends moved into a home in Burlington’s New North End neighborhood with a big, untended garden. Too busy to tackle it, they set Ethan loose. “The first years we just shared the produce. It was hit or miss. Some days there’d be 100 pounds of cucumbers, some days nothing. What do you do with all that? There’s only so many pickles you can eat.” In 2017 the plot was expanded to fill the entire backyard and Queen City Acres officially launched on 1/10 of an acre. “It’s been full speed ahead since then. There’s nothing I’d rather be doing, this is 100% the jam!”
New England native, Nick grew up on the banks of the Connecticut river in the fertile floodplains of the Upper Valley. After a short stint at a local dairy farm in Strafford Vermont, Nick spent the next five years roaming the west in search of deep snow and quiet peaks. “Skiing can provide unparallelled ecstacy, but the impact and prolonged joy of farming is what really feeds the soul.” The yearning for societal change and an environmentally conscious lifestyle is what ultimately led Nick to farming. First in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and now in the rich sandy soils of the Champlain Valley. “I’ve developed most of my farming know-how from large mechanized farms, but I think there is some seriously underrated value in producing highly efficiently at a small scale!”. Nick joined the farm officially in 2019, and is looking forward to realizing the potential of the urban farm model.