Suzie Flores had no professional farming or maritime experience before 2016. Then her husband, a veteran of the U.S. Marines, purchased the Mechanic Street Marina on the Pawcatuck River in Pawcatuck. He’d been around boats all his life, but was not a farmer. After the couple moved into the marina with their young children, Flores began her own “fishing expedition” for water-dependent business ideas.
She found Greenwave.org online and sent an email with this inquiry: Would Fishers Island Sound support kelp farming?
Thus began a two-year mentoring relationship with the Greenwave staff.