Bluebird Canyon Farms strives to be a community resource and to be recognized as a model of sustainable urban living.

Our Team

Scott Tenney

Coordinates planning and manages all operational aspects of the farm. He is responsible for implementing “System of Operational Excellence” (“SOE”) a management method promoting safe, reliable and efficient work practices. He oversees resource conservation efforts, regenerative landscaping and soil fertility programs at the site, and manages the Bluebird Design Center. Mr. Tenney has extensive experience managing issues associated with energy, land and minerals management/processing, water resources, and environmental compliance/restoration. For the past three decades Mr. Tenney has held various assignments ranging from managing external affairs to directing strategic and operational planning for a Fortune 100 global energy company. Mr. Tenney received his formal education at the University of Wisconsin where he earned degrees in Geology and Geophysics.

Mariella Simon

Supervises product design, development and marketing and contributes to various projects as a biological systems and processes advisor. Ms. Simon grew up in the Southern German Alps and studied Medicine at the University of Tübingen before relocating to the United States. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences, a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling, and a PhD Cellular and Developmental Biology, all from the University of California at Irvine. She is a staff scientist at Children’s Hospital of Orange County where she focuses on diagnosis of mitochondrial and metabolic disease.

Sam Simon

Coordinates the farm’s communication and outreach efforts and plays an active role as a health and safety adviser.  A native Californian, Sam graduated from Sage Hill School and attended the University of Colorado. He is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and is currently studying to become a paramedic.

Connor Dorais

Is our Ranger and is responsible for ecological restoration and regenerative landscaping activities on site and for our other projects that we manage either on an equity or fee basis.  Prior to joining Bluebird Canyon Farms Mr. Dorais worked as an ecological restoration associate for the Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch project near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He holds a degree in environmental science from the University of Redlands.



Patty Carmichael

Is Bluebird Canyon Farm’s controller and ensures the farm complies with all of its financial, regulatory, and tax obligations. She certifies all records are current and accurate and overviews the financial operations of the farm to make sure it runs efficiently. Ms Carmichael has more than thirty years of experience as a banking executive and corporate controller.

Craig de Pfyffer

Is a licensed landscape architect, certified arborist and managing principal of Environmental Designs, an architectural design firm located in Orange County California. Mr. de Pfyffer provides design support for Bluebird Canyon Farms’ Laguna Urban Lumber Project and collaborates on various regenerative landscaping and restoration projects. His interests include utilizing biomimicry approaches to develop sustainable design solutions for various land use projects. He holds a degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and is a second generation native Californian.

Sarah Ross

Sarah Ross is the Farm’s Greenhouse Technician where she is responsible for supporting our horticultural programs and managing our Conservation Seed Vault. She is a 2015 graduate of our Growing Skills Program and holds a degree in environmental science from the University of California, Irvine.

Opal Pothong

Opal Pothong is Food Lab Coordinator. At various times you may find him baking, fermenting, drying, conserving, & experimenting with items ranging from kefir & tempeh, to soaps & lotions.


Big “T” is our Ranch Dog extraordinaire