From Navy to Mushroom Farmer: How Chris Pacheco Found His Passion and Community Connection

Stonington Mushroom Farm Thriving with Scientific Support

Chris Pacheco is a successful mushroom farmer who cultivates king oysters, blue oysters, and golden oysters. His company, Seacoast Mushrooms, operates out of a large blue warehouse with shipping containers in the back where he and his seven employees grow various types of flavorful fungi. The new 12,000-square-foot mushroom farm on Taugwonk Road is where they produce their mushrooms.

Unlike traditional farming, Pacheco did not start out with a background in agriculture. Growing up, he worked on his family’s apple orchard in Rhode Island, where he developed a dislike for farming in rocky New England soil. He pursued an engineering degree to distance himself from the farming lifestyle. After serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Hartford and working in the corporate world for fifteen years, Pacheco found himself drawn back to farming.

In 2015, he decided to start a mushroom farming business that would connect him with his community through food. His experience planting trees for the apple orchard and his time in the Navy influenced his decision to pursue mushroom farming as a new venture. Today, Seacoast Mushrooms is thriving and producing high-quality mushrooms for the local market.

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