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Who We Are

Staff

Erin Achenbach Farmer-Florist (she/her) 

Erin is in charge of selecting, propagating and growing crops, managing flower rescues, stem prep, bouquet making and deliveries. Recently, she was a garden nursery manager at a nearby Lowe's. She has a Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales and has worked many a Newport wedding season. In her spare time she grows hundreds of peonies and raises nine different types of animals on her own small farm outside the city. 

Contact her at farmerflorist@whatcheerfarm.org

Sam Radov  Operations Manager (they/them) 

Sam is the administrative hub of the Farm, managing our offices, volunteer recruitment, grants and fundraising. A graduate of Johnson & Wales and soon to be of URI, they've helped a variety of RI-based nonprofits keep on track, from the Newport Open Space Partnership to the RI Coalition to End Homelessness. They also spent several years managing a farm in California and working as a chef across the globe. In their spare time they wildcraft with locally foraged dye plants and medicinal herbs. 

Contact them at operations@whatcheerfarm.org

Board

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Anne Hills Holland Board President & Cofounder (she/her) 

A cut flower growing hobbyist, Holland was inspired to found What Cheer Flower Farm after she saw the impact of giving flowers away to the elderly. She is a serial entrepreneur, having successfully founded multiple, for-profit, publishing companies, as well as another local nonprofit, What Cheer Writers Club. She has been quoted by dozens of media outlets including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and served as a keynote speaker at business events across the US.

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Robert Alan Matthews Board Member (he/him) 

A former florist, Matthews has headed his eponymous landscape design and gardening firm for nearly 20 years, serving clients across the state. In 2013, he won the Design and Execution Award at Rhode Island’s Spring Flower & Garden Show and was named Young Nursery Professional of the Year by the New England Nursery Association. Matthews was also the designer behind Providence Preservation Society's famous annual fundraising Bash for many years.