Sharon Wells, Owner
Sharon is the principal farmer and owner of Sweethaven Farm & Flowers®. Sharon brings over 25 years of business management and practical small farming experience to the Sweethaven Farm & Flowers. Sharon has a passion for flowers and finds her inspiration for crop choices and floral arrangements from her grandmother's extensive cutting gardens in Northwestern CT.
Sharon holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Westfield State College. She has participated in a number of exceptional livestock and farm management programs sponsored by Penn State University, Colorado State University and most recently, the Stockbridge School of Agriculture where she is currently enrolled in the certificate program in Sustainable Food and Farming.
Charles "Peter" Merrill, Owner
Peter's first introduction to livestock started when he was 4 years old and he received his first lambs as an Easter gift at our farm in Suffield, CT. Peter wears many hats and provides a significant amount of marketing, general business and IT support for the farm business. He also serves as one of our most valuable farm hands, helping to build fence, move dirt and rock, mow, tend to new lambs, work the farm stand or handle any other task that may come along.
Maya Kirsi, Floral Designer
Maya was born and raised in California, and spent her formative years picking blooms from her parents’ bountiful garden. Her love for flowers led her to begin working as a floral designer, and she’s been doing so for over six years now. Maya’s work is inspired by nature, and she would describe her design style as unstructured and wild, while also artful and deliberate. As a supporter of sustainable farming and the Slow Flower movement, Maya strongly prefers to work with locally sourced blooms – which is why she is thrilled to be working at Sweethaven.
Mary was here when it all started. At 12 years old, Mary helped to manage our young starter lamb flock while we were still working our day jobs out of state. Over the years, Mary has done just about everything from weeding, planting, mowing, harvesting, attending Farmers' Markets and countless other tasks. This summer Mary will continue to help us before she goes off to college in the fall. Look for her at the Amherst Farmers' Market later in the season.
Friends, Family & Community
Sweethaven Farm & Flowers® also does not fail to recognize the benefit of the generous support and insights of long-time farmers and friends within and outside of the community. We are forever greatful for their continued involvement and influence on the success of our operation.