AN OASIS IN THE DESERT
Our Peaches: Yellow Elberta Peaches
, White Polly Peaches
Our Apples: Cerrillos Red, MacIntosh, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Rome, Sangre de Cristo
Our Pears: D’Anjou, Bartlett, Keiffer, Seckel
The four and a half acre orchard is unique due to its ecological design and its location on high desert (6300 ft) of clay soil. It was specially designed to minimize water usage and produce the tastiest fruit. The orchard was operated in an organic manner from the outset and has been certified organic by the New Mexico Organic Commodities Commission (now the New Mexico Department of Agriculture) every year since 2000. To minimize water usage and give the trees a healthy soil, under each tree a compost heap three feet in diameter and three feet deep was dug. The compost materials came from the Ranch’s animals and horses at the then functioning nearby racetrack, nearly two hundred tons of horse manure went in at the start! In addition, the orchard has a drip irrigation system, both minimizing water losses to evaporation and not over watering to keep the fruit packed with flavor. Synergia Ranch fruit has come to be recognized as having an extraodinary taste.
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.
Currently we provide our peaches, apples, and pears (which comprise most of the trees in the orchard) to the Santa Fe farmer’s market and CSA, New Mexico Harvest, MoGro, as well as some other outlets. We have early and late Elberta peaches, some white peaches, six varieties of apples, and five varieties of pears (Anjou, Bartlett, Seckel, Kieffer and Surecrop).
Synergia Ranch is also working on ecological conservation and enrichment of our local ecology since it began in 1969. Most of the 111 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 soil protection 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 mitigate soil erosion down 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!
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 heirloom red beets, Ruby Red Swiss Chard, several types of kale, collard greens, rainbow carrots, zucchini, yellow summer squash, cucumbers, parsley, cilantro, basil and Jerusalem artichokes
The vegetable farm uses drip irrigation to conserve water and to yield high-quality crops which are packed with flavor. Our vegetables are beginning to gain the same reputation that the Ranch orchard was always enjoyed – local food of exceptional flavor – due to our unique location in the foothills of the Cerrillos Hills, our improved healthy and living soil and our sparing use of irrigation.
Though the vegetable farm is only half an acre, our soil, drip irrigation and intensive farming methods make it produce abundantly. In 2019 we produced 31,000 lbs of vegetables and fruit. In addition we grew spinach and salads for our home use.
We are proud to supply MoGro, New Mexico Harvest, the La Montanita Coop, the Santa Fe Farmers Market, and our local Cerrillos market.
- Collard Greens
- Yellow Summer squash
- Jerusalem Artichokes
- Swiss Chard (ruby red)
Come and see us at the Farmer’s Market in Santa Fe.
Or, contact us to arrange a delivery!