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 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, soil fertility programs at the site, and manages Planning and Design efforts. 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 global energy company.

Mariella Simon

Mariella together with her husband Scott Tenney, manages farm operations where she provides input to product design and contributes to various projects as a biologist. She holds a BS in Biological Sciences, a MS in Genetic Counseling, and a PhD in Cellular and Developmental Biology, all from UCI. She is a staff scientist at Children’s Hospital of Orange County where she focuses on diagnosis of mitochondrial and metabolic disease.

Ryan Goldsmith (“Farmer Leo”)

Is Farm and Garden Coordinator, responsible for end-to-end management of all food, herb and flower production on-site, including building soil fertility and sharing produce at local farmers markets.  Farmer Leo, who grew up locally, began farming in 2004 and has been involved in sustainable agriculture from a variety of different perspectives.  As a founder of the non-profit World Wide Opportunities for Organic Farming (WWOOF-USA), Farmer Leo helped place individuals on operating organic farms to help them learn skill needed to establish their own farming operation.  He has operated farms in various locations across the USA, is a master chef, and a fierce advocate for cultivating community through land stewardship.  Living locally in Laguna Beach, he feels that bringing fresh produce to market is both an honor and privilege.

Connor Dorais

Is our Ranger who is responsible for our wildland stewardship, ecological restoration and regenerative landscaping activities on site.  In addition to activities he manages on site, Mr. Dorais helps to manage and coordinate planning and execution of various activities associated with outside land improvement project managed managed by the farm on either an equity or fee basis.  Prior to joining Bluebird Canyon Farms he worked as an ecological restoration associate for the Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch project near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Mr. Dorais holds a degree in environmental science from the University of Redlands.



Patty Carmichael

Is Bluebird Canyon Farm’s Office Manager and Controller, Ensuring 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.

Sam Simon

Is a health and safety adviser who provides input to the farm’s contingency planning and audits/inspects the farm’s safety systems to ensure they are fit for service.  A native Californian, Sam graduated from Sage Hill School and attended the University of Colorado. He is a certified Emergency Medical Technician, currently studying to become a paramedic.


Big “T”, a “melter” of hearts and all around “good dog” is the head of our “Poultry Protectorate”.