About Synergia Ranch
has been operating as a Center for Innovation and Retreats since 1969. The ranch
was purchased as a quarter section of the old Byrne Ranch that was acquired in 1926 as part of
the Homestead Act, the original Warranty Deed having been signed by Calvin Coolidge. The original
ranch of 640 acres was operated as a dairy farm.
Synergia Ranch was purchased in 1969. Utilizing and transforming the considerable existing
structures, the ranch as it stands today was built during the seventies.
In the early days the ranch hosted, among others, resident and guest artisans who were interested
in producing “biotechnic” products. These products were successfully sold from the ranch, in Santa
Fe, and all over New Mexico. As well as large meeting spaces, there were several workshops and
studios for the production of fine wood furniture, cabinets, doors and other architectural items.
There was also a printing press that was the beginnings of present day Synergetic Press. Llamas
and sheep were raised on the ranch to supply the wool used in the production of textiles and
various woven goods.
The Theater of All Possibilities (TAP), began its long history at the ranch in 1969, and presented
performances in the Dome during the 70′s and 80′s. TAP now headquarters at the October Gallery,
The Institute of Ecotechnics, now a UK non-profit organization, was also started at the ranch in
1969, working on the synergetic applications of technics and ecology.
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.
When Synergia Ranch was started in 1969, a vegetable garden was established using biodynamic
farming and organic farming methods. In 2010, the vegetable farm was certified organic. 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.