Science aiding growth at Stonington mushroom farm

Chris Pacheco is a man of many talents. As the owner of Seacoast Mushrooms, he spends his days tending to king oysters, blue oysters, and golden oysters. Despite the variety of mushrooms he grows, he is not an oyster farmer. His farm, located on Taugwonk Road in a 12,000-square-foot blue warehouse with shipping containers in the back, is where he and his seven employees cultivate oyster mushrooms and other flavorful fungi.

Growing up in Rhode Island, Pacheco always had a love for farming. However, after developing a dislike for farming in rocky New England soil, he pursued an engineering degree to move away from it. He spent time in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Hartford before returning to the region where he currently resides and working in the corporate world for fifteen years.

In 2015, Pacheco was drawn back to his farming roots by the challenge of growing mushrooms. He developed a business plan focused on connecting with his community through food and established Seacoast Mushrooms. Today, Pacheco works with his team to grow a variety of mushrooms and offer fresh and flavorful produce to their local area.

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