About Us

East Hill Tree Farm provides the resources to empower communities in the Winooski Valley and beyond to engage the landscape, enhancing the physical and spiritual vitality for all inhabitants.

We understand that we live in a time of dramatic social and ecological
change. Humans play a critical role in this change. We strive to
actively engage our environment in order to enhance the physical and
spiritual vitality of the landscape including all of its inhabitants.

We Provide

-Nursery for woody plant species for edible forest gardens, home orchards, and Edens in the northeast.
-Landscape planting.
-Ecological landscape design services.
-Management consulting and education.

We make long term sustainability, ecological integrity, and functional beauty the highest priorities in all of our work.

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East Hill Tree Farm is located on unceded Abenaki land. We acknowledge that we are guests in this place and seek to listen to and care for the land while offering acts of repair for the deep privilege of being here. We donate a percent of income to support Abenaki Cultural Restoration and the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi.

  • Nicko Rubin founded East Hill Tree Farm in 2008 on the land where he grew up in Plainfield, VT, and he is the vision and action behind all operations. He holds a Master’s in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design from The Conway School in Northampton, MA. Read a full profile of Nicko and the farm from Seven Days.


  • One assistant joins Nicko full time most of the season. Additional part-time employees help with pruning, retail and planting, and a larger crew makes the spring bare root sale happen. Interested in working with us? Reach out to Nicko by email or at 802-454-7874.