Nicki received her Master's degree in special education from the University of Massachusetts and received a degree in curative education from the Camphill Rudolf Steiner Schools in Aberdeen, Scotland. A co-founder of Brookfield Community Farm in Amherst, Massachusetts, she has been involved in biodynamic agriculture and farm-based education, developing an agricultural arts curriculum for students throughout all grades and abilities. She developed and administered the School-To-Farm Program at Hampshire College for 15 years. Her eldest son James was in the first class at Hartsbrook, with younger son Daniel following close behind, graduating in the classes of 1993 and 1996, respectively.