Who
We Are

Here at New Leaf, our mission is simple: to open the door to possibility as you experience your unique cannabis journey.

Our job is to create a welcoming, positive space filled with the best array of high-quality cannabis products available in Massachusetts.

Our Story

In 2014 Peter was given the diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the hips – a debilitating and degenerative condition. In 2017, a wheelchair-bound Peter took a trip to Israel, where he prayed and asked for healing. He promised his Creator at this time that if he could ever walk again, he would serve a greater good and give his all to helping others.

In 2018, Peter traveled to Seattle twice for bilateral hip surgeries. While in Seattle, Peter tried THC & CBD products for pain. He credits THC & CBD for pain relief, speedy recovery, and discontinuing the use of narcotic pain medication very quickly after each surgery.

After the hip surgeries, Peter was able to walk again and still has a promise to fulfill. Creating a cannabis business allows Peter to give back to the community he loves (his HOME).

Our Team

Peter Fernandes

Founder

If you have ever met Peter, you most likely remember his enthusiasm and vibrant energy. Pedro immigrated to the United States with his family when he was just one year old. Choosing Fall River as their new home, Pedro’s parents established a restaurant as their family business, which taught Pedro about entrepreneurship and hard work at a young age. Pedro’s natural energy and interpersonal skills were a perfect fit for Real-estate & network marketing career. His leadership and motivational abilities are remarkable. He naturally loves to get people excited about what he is excited about with his contagious enthusiasm.

Evan Darmody

Director

Evan Darmody, a Fall River native, brings a host of worldly knowledge and tenacity to New Leaf. Evan, is a veteran of the United States Army where he practiced Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Operations. As a civilian, Evan has had the opportunity to work within the blooming Massachusetts cannabis industry. He deeply respects the privilege we have in the Commonwealth to sell regulated, laboratory tested cannabis to consumers.Through his first hand experience he has enriched his personal knowledge of cannabis and continues to implement compliant cannabis operations in Massachusetts.

Ryan Ward

Advisor

Ryan Ward is a former finance and technology associate at eBay. His responsibilities included overseeing the financial, operational, and technological aspects of strategic clients. Ryan helped to identify and implement numerous cost-saving solutions and technology improvements, which led to millions of dollars saving for his clients. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern University, majoring in Accounting, Finance, and Economics. He also holds an MBA from Durham Business School at Durham University, UK. After leaving eBay, Ryan launched multiple marijuana related ventures.  He is founding partner in East Coast Cannabis, focused on building dispensaries and cultivation facilities in Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and beyond.

Community Outreach

Giving back to our community and supporting local organizations is a core tenet of who we are. We create change, starting with our employees and reaching out to our community and customers, because at New Leaf, we are here for you.