About Us

Our team’s humble beginnings began in the backyard of our founders and has since blossomed, dedicated to encouraging teen entrepreneurship in the regions our farms serve.

Catherine McGonagle, STEMS Co-Founder & President, holding a bunch of pink dahlias

Who We Are

STEMS is an entrepreneurial flower farm venture founded by former Wayland High School student Catherine (Cassie) McGonagle. Our team is comprised of high school and college students passionate to learn about planting, harvesting, and developing their entrepreneurial skills such as project management, marketing, graphic design, public relations, and social media management to help sell our beautiful selection of flowers in Wayland, MA and beyond.
Flower field at STEMS Wayland, MA

What We Do

Through farming responsibilities and management of our retail spaces, we enhance the lives and early careers of our team by demonstrating the advantage of teen entrepreneurship. STEMS employees are with each season’s crop from bulb to bouquet—learning the intricacies of flower farming and cultivation. Furthermore, the students learn from an advisory team of experienced professionals in the fields of marketing/public relations, finance, and more to act as integral parts of STEMS from a business perspective.
Catherine McGonagle, STEMS Co-Founder & President, with Wendy Nowokunski and Jim Coughlin at Northbridge Companies

A Special Thanks to Northbridge Companies

STEMS extends a sincere thank you to Wendy Nowokunski and Jim Coughlin at Northbridge Companies, who we’ve partnered with to make our flagship STEMS Wayland flower farm and shop a reality on the campus of The Carriage House at Lee’s Farm. We are happy to collaborate with Northbridge Companies to dedicate a percentage of all STEMS sales to the Compassionate Caregiver Fund, which supports caregivers across their senior living facilities.
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Our Mission Statement
STEMS educates, inspires, and empowers future generations to work with environmentally friendly businesses. With flowers, soil, and repurposed materials, STEMS serves as a stepping stool and ladder for employees and volunteers who want to learn and commit to that cause.
Leadership and Advisory Board
Lisa Nickerson, Co-Founder and Advisor for STEMS Flower Co

Lisa Nickerson

Co-Founder & Advisor
Catherine McGonagle, STEMS Co-Founder & President

Catherine McGonagle

Co-Founder & President
“A flower does not use words to announce its arrival to the world. It just blooms.”
— Matshona Dhliwayo
Catherine McGonagle, STEMS Co-Founder & President, holding two buckets of pink tulips

Join the STEMS Community

Join a STEMS team in your region as a student or get involved as an advisor teaching entrepreneurship for teens. STEMS employment, volunteering, or advising not only enhances your career, but also leaves a positive impact on the communities where our farms reside.
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Purple Dahlia flower grown on STEMS Wayland MA farm

Support Us On Patreon

Supporting our Patreon gives our loyal STEMS supporters access to special flower farming tips, discounts, and early promotional announcements. Patrons of STEMS allow us to do what we do best—grow beautiful flowers and provide the best possible career development opportunities to our teen entrepreneurs.
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