Meet the team
Sydney LaRose – A native of the Monterey Peninsula, Sydney spent many summers at her grandparent’s house in the Central Valley. Her favorite childhood pastimes were climbing rocks and trees and digging in the dirt. She worked in or around the restaurant industry from the time she was fourteen until she began to work on an organic farm in the heart of the Silicon Valley. After her apprenticeship was completed, she began to ‘farm’ in her backyard, and the backyards of neighbors as well. Finding our current home and returning home to California after 20 years on the East Coast is her dream come true.
David Buuck – David was born in Indiana and has always had an inquisitive mind. His favorite childhood pastimes were taking things apart (and sometimes reassembling them) and reading books. His father taught him Boolean algebra at the tender age of five, and had him working on real design engineering projects when he was as young as thirteen. David graduated from Purdue University and moved to California in his early thirties. He has worked at many of the large tech companies in the Silicon Valley, as well as founding and leading several startup companies. He always wanted a little patch of heaven and found that when we bought out farm.
What’s in a Name
• David and Sydney were married on July 7, 2007 and since then, the number ‘Seven’ had been significant to them.
• One of the Great Laws of the Iroquois Nation is contained in this statement: “In every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations”. In short, the decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world seven generations into the future. The Seventh Generation Principle today is generally referred to in regards to decisions being made about our energy, water, and natural resources, and ensuring those decisions are sustainable for seven generations in the future. We focus on this principle and base all our decisions on this philosophy.
• Yes, at one time we did have seven cats. But there is so much more to our farm than that.
• Cats are our main source of rodent control. We have partnered with Project Purr in Santa Cruz (www.projectpurr.org/barncats.html) to relocate feral cats that have been brought to local shelters. Because feral cats are not adoptable due to their fear of humans, they are usually euthanized. Project Purr rescues these cats, has them neutered and given shots, and relocates them to farms where they are imprinted to their new home and released. Our barn cats are good hunters, in addition to becoming trusting enough that most are now sociable with humans.
• In Ancient Egypt, cats were considered sacred.
• Several ancient religions believed that cats are exalted souls, companions or guides for humans, that they are all-knowing but are mute so they cannot influence decisions made by humans. In Japan, the maneki neko is a cat that is a symbol of good fortune.
• Cats always seem to land on their feet.
Our farm is our home. We work hard to ‘walk lightly on the earth’, respecting and caring for the animals in a manner most in tune with nature. We firmly believe in sustainable farming practices and responsible land stewardship. We never use pesticides or inorganic fertilizers. Yes, we could get more eggs from our hens if we put lights in the coop during the winter months, but we don’t do that. They get their light from the sun, governed by the seasons and the weather.
What People Are Saying
We can’t thank you enough – these eggs taste a world different than the ‘organic, free-range’ ones we were buying at the store.”
Imagine that! Chickens with a natural cycle. I love it!”