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. Sharon is also a 2019 candidate within the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Program.
In a recent interview on CISA, "Sharon Wells of Sweethaven Farm and Flowers in Ashfield talks about switching from finance to flowers, reclaiming unused farmland with help from friends, and opening up their farm stand for the season". Click here to hear the full interview.
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.
Gardeners, Sales & Field Crew
We are lucky to have a great bunch of seasonal helpers, many who have helped us grow in so many ways. Most recently Julie Seaver has joined us helping with all facets of our operation. She’s an excellent addition to our seasonal staff and a valued gardener and field-hand. For many years we have relied upon her daughter Lily and long-time friend Mary Monohan with field work, sales and field management during the summer months. We look forward to having them back after they finish their first year of college!
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 grateful for their continued involvement and influence on the success of our operation.