Young farmers bring fresh produce to table out of Crown & Roots Farm in Oxford

Before 2019, Nick Rozowsky and Abbey Murphy had the lives of a typical Worcester-area young couple. Murphy was commuting from Holden to Boston, working as a graphic designer for Wellington Management, and Rozowsky worked as a cook at BirchTree Bread Co. Yet, something was missing. 

In 2019, equipped only with the desire to run a self-sustainable farm, they decided to try their hand at farming without any farming knowledge. The couple leased a quarter of an acre in Beverly under the Incubator Farm Training Program, where they learned the basics of running a small farm. 

They shared equipment and 30 acres of land with others who also aspired to leave the city life behind. For two years, they grew vegetables, microgreens and cut flowers on their patch of land. Crown & Roots Farm was suddenly born. 

“I had always been of the mindset to have an outdoor job,” Rozowsky, 33, said. “I like doing physical work and labor.”

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