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Farm FAQ's

Where is the Farm located?

 

The farm is located at 63 Magnolia Street in Providence, Rhode Island. 

 

What's the Farm's mission and five-year plan?

 

Flowers bring a deep sense of solace and joy. Flowers are healing. Giving someone a bouquet acknowledges their worth. It says, “You matter. You deserve beauty. You are cared for.”

 

What Cheer Flower Farm is a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 2017 with the purpose of growing, rescuing and giving flowers away to those in need, lifting spirits by sharing the beauty of flowers and providing training in growing and floristry.

 

2017 Achievements

  • What Cheer Flower Farm founded by three Rhode Islanders

  • Initial funds to purchase land secured from private donors

 

2018 Achievements

  • 10,000 flowers grown and donated to charities

  • 2.7 acres of former factory land acquired in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood

  • 6,000 sf land remediated, organic field created

  • 60 volunteers got their hands in the dirt

  • $50,000 RI DEM grant won to remove pollutants from derelict factory on site

2019 Achievements

  • 44,500 flowers grown, rescued & donated

  • Additional 10,000 sf land remediated into farm field

  • 198 volunteers help out

  • Annual Flower Festival launched attracting 700+ attendees

  • Grants won from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Rhode Island Foundation, RISCA and RI DEM

 

2020 Achievements

  • 50,000 flowers grown, rescued and donated (despite the pandemic)

  • Pollinator garden planted & honey for sale from Farm beehives

  • Grants won from Citizens Bank, the Garden Club of America and the June Rockwell Levy Foundation

The Future: 2025 Vision

  • 300,000+ stems grown and gleaned plus 100,000 rescued, totalling 400,000 donated to charitable organizations annually

  • 2 acres of urban land remediated and under cultivation

  • Historic 4,000sf Colonial Knife building restored as a jobs training center preparing locals for careers in floristry and flower farming.

  • 300+ volunteers involved in growing, rescuing, arranging and delivering flowers

 

 

Why flowers?

 

Science reveals that:

  • Growing flowers reduces anxiety and improves empathy for gardeners and farmers.

  • Patients receiving flowers tend to have quicker recovery times.

  • People with flowers in their homes feel happier, less stressed, less depressed and are able to concentrate more easily.

  • The presence of flowers can help as a memory aid and flowers have been used to aid dementia patients.


 

Can I visit the Farm?

 

The Farm is a working agricultural and floristry center, not a public park. Sorry, we are not normally open for individual visitors.

 

However, there are select times a year  when we are open to the public:

  • Flower Festival: Every late summer we hold a big outdoor event to celebrate the peak of the harvest season and everyone's invited! Tickets are available online and at the door.

  • Art in the Fields: Artists and art groups and classes can paint, photograph and create art using other mediums in our fields at pre-arranged dates throughout the year. Accessing the fields to create is free, but for your first time, you must have an appointment.

  • Group tours: If you belong to a gardening, floristry and farming-related group of six or more people, please contact us to arrange a tour during our growing season (May-October.)

 

Accessibility notes

 

We are two blocks from the RIPTA bus stop in Olneyville center. We have ample parking on site. The main pathway through the field is handicapped accessible, however there’s a 15’ long steep area. 

 

Please note the following:

  • No children under 10 are allowed on the property except during pre-arranged, supervised tours with formal groups. Just as with any urban site, there are dangers such as broken glass and poison ivy.

  • No dogs are allowed on site except for leashed service animals. We have a small feral cat population who protect the field from the depredations of mice, so their needs come first.

  • No one is allowed in the derelict factory building – the former Colonial Knife factory – adjacent to our field. It is NOT abandoned; we own it and are fundraising to deal with it. However, until we can raise the funds, the building is dangerous due to broken glass, asbestos, industrial pollutants, falling down ceilings and wobbly floors. If you get hurt there, that harm extends to the Farm.

Here’s what our recipients say


“One of my clients is a full-time working mother of 5 and she always looks completely exhausted. I handed her the vase and said, “These are for you. We have a wonderful flower farm that gives us flowers to give to clients who may need some beauty in their day.” Her eyes filled with tears and she kept saying, “Oh, oh, are you sure you want to give them to me? Isn’t there someone else who needs them?” I assured her that when the flowers were delivered that day, she was the first and only client that came into my mind who needed them. When she left, she thanked me many times and I absolutely am positive that their beauty softened her difficult and tiring day.”

From St Mary’s Home for Children, Shepard’s Program staff

 

“This ongoing partnership with What Cheer Flower Farm has been beneficial for many of our participants. It has proven to be a universally therapeutic activity that participants who are non-English speaking, cognitively impaired, or who have physical disabilities are able to engage in together. The flowers also bring joy to participants who are home bound or hospitalized.”

From PACE Organization of Rhode Island