AN OASIS IN THE DESERT
Synergia Ranch started its orchard in 1976 on a wind-swept high desert plateau south of Santa Fe. Now thirty years later, the four hundred fruit trees planted (apples, peaches, apricots, pears, cherries and plums) have flourished.
Synergia Ranch is also working on ecological conservation and enrichment of our local ecology since it began in 1969. Most of the 130 acres are left to recover from decades of early overgrazing in the years after the land was first homesteaded. Hundreds of trees have been planted as windbreaks and soil-holders around the Ranch to prevent continuing wind and water erosion and help create an ecological oasis. Two windbreaks of Russian Olive and Honey Locust trees were planted in 1985 on to prevent any soil erosion down slope from the orchard. An adjoining area was setup with micro-catchments supporting trees to prevent soil erosion up slope from the orchard. Over the nearly forty years at Synergia Ranch, we have produced hundreds of tons of topsoil by composting animal manure, helping to replace and enrich the eroded soils that were originally here. Around the orchard and Ranch we now see a much improved ecology from what it was when we started. Native grasses and shrubs have come back strong, and the tree program has helped create a micro-climate much more favorable to plants, animals and people alike!
Our Apples: Cerrillos Red, MacIntosh, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Rome, Sangre de Cristo
Our Pears:D’Anjou, Bartlett, Keiffer
Several years ago, after a few fallow seasons, the vegetable gardens were restarted and since the soil had become so rich and productive, excess vegetables were sold to restaurants and grocery stores in Santa Fe. In 2010, the vegetable farm was certified organic. In 2011, the vegetable farm was doubled by converting old horse corrals into vegetable production.
The vegetable farm produces beets (red and golden), Swiss Chard, several types of kale, collard greens, potatoes (purple, red, russet), carrots, winter squash (butternut, acorn, pumpkin, delicate and Hokkeido), summer squash (yellow straighneck and cocozelle zucchini), cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes.
Though the vegetable farm is less than half an acre, our soil, drip irrigation and intensive farming methods make it produce abundantly. In 2011 we produced over 13,000 lbs of vegetables plus corn and beans for our own use.
We are proud to supply our local Community Supported Agriculture organization, Beneficial Farms, Farm to Restaurant program and many local restaurants, the La Montanita Coop, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Whole Foods and the Downtown Grocers Market in Albuquerque and the Santa Fe Farmers Market.
- Beets (red and golden)
- Kale, Many Varieties
- Collard Greens Potatoes (purple, red, russet)
- Summer squash (yellow straighneck and cocozelle zucchini)
- Winter squash (butternut, acorn, pumpkin, delicate and Hokkeido)
- Heirloom tomatoes
- Swiss Chard
Come and see us at the Farmer’s Market in Santa Fe.
Or, contact us to arrange a delivery!
Or Even If you’d like to take some personal time on the Land
Reach out with any questions, we’d love to hear from you.