As a technical project manager on Bronto’s engineering team, Rebecca Larkin-Martinez is responsible for ensuring project milestones are implemented on schedule with detailed communication plans. She provides a collaborative and transparent approach to identifying, prioritizing and successfully executing a technology portfolio of initiatives and projects that align with the company’s strategic goals and vision.
Rebecca has many talents, from managing cross functional dependencies and keeping project teams tightly aligned to continuously managing communication to the business. But her talents extend well beyond her job here at Bronto. She has created her own sustainable ecosystem. Her farm started small but has grown into something much larger on her 105 acres, so I sat down with her to learn more about it.
Tell me about your passion.
I grew up in New York City and never thought I’d live on 100 acres. I didn’t even know what that looked like. When my husband and I were getting married and deciding where we were going to live, we ended up in Castalia on our “retirement property.” I had no idea I would be so in love with the farm and so addicted to the connection with nature, being truly grounded and closer to my spirituality. It refueled my passion to be part of something bigger than myself, to contribute to the world.
How did you get started with a hen house?
I asked myself over and over, “What should I do with all this land?” I thought, “I am so blessed; I need to give back.” I decided I needed a small ecosystem at the farm. In my best Foghorn Leghorn voice, I thought, “I will love and raise chickens – they will provide eggs and poop. I will love and raise bees – they will provide honey and pollinate. I will love and raise a garden – we will be fed, and the bees and hens will flourish.” So aside from the fact that chickens are just darn funny and make me smile ALL the time, it was a great place to start. We were able to build the ecosystem, donate eggs to the Interfaith Food Shelter, begin our egg-to-business delivery service, feed ourselves and give to others. Much to my husband’s dismay, it also fueled my passion to do more.
Any other animals you raise?
Honey bees, free-range heritage turkeys for the holidays, a growing flock of sheep, guardian animals, a donkey, two Great Pyrenees dogs, a squiggle of squirrels, bounty of butterflies, wandering of wild birds and a heap of hummingbirds. Currently, we share our home with two black lab mixes that I rescued from the side of the highway. We have rescued, nurtured back to health, and shared our life with or found homes for NUMEROUS dogs.
If you could be any animal, what would it be?
If you looked at my home, you might say a dragon, as I have collected them all my life, believing they have great wisdom and power to share. I have wanted to be many animals through the course of my life, but today, it would be a dog. Calm, playful, adventurer, loyal, protective, warm, funny, giver of unconditional love.
Name three things on your bucket list.
- Make my new business – Fort Clux Virtual Farmers Market (Farm to Business Delivery, We Bring the Farmers Market to You!) – wildly successful for my partner farmers and my customers.
- Run a retirement home for dogs.
- Learn to weld and make art from garbage.
Tell me one thing people might not know about you.
I was in the APA billiards league on a team Named “Daddy’s Girls,” and we went to the national team championships in Vegas.
Favorite hair color you’ve ever had?
Fuschia. I have raised money for and supported Breast Cancer Awareness and Save the Ta-Tas for many years. Fuschia helps keep that cause top of mind and gives me a moment to do PR or support a person when the opportunity presents itself.
Rebecca’s passion for helping others shines through in her work here at Bronto and on her farm. We’re so glad she’s part of our team! Want to work for a company with such wonderful personality? We’re hiring.