Justin grew up where he lives now, working on his family's farm, Girard Gardens. In 2011, he graduated from the University of Winnipeg with an M.A. in English Literature and Cultural Studies. He spent the better part of his time in Winnipeg working in greenhouses, and the three years before beginning Hearts & Roots working on the barn house he and Britt call home.
Britt hails from Toronto. After meeting Justin in Winnipeg in 2008, her farm dream began in earnest. She has spent the time in between working as an editor, library assistant and project supervisor of the barn renovation. Britt holds a B.A. in English from the University of Toronto and enjoys raising livestock and reading poetry.