It all started long, long ago. In fact, archaeological remains on the Santa Fe Ranch and from nearby areas indicate that the land was likely used in the production of agriculture by early American peoples, even before the advent of Europeans.
A hundred years ago, the Santa Fe Ranch was a part of the Baca Float, a Spanish land grant that extended several hundred-thousand acres (as far north as the Tumacacori Mission and far south, past what is now the U.S/Mexico border). The Sedgwick family purchased the ranch, which then consisted of about 3,300 acres of open land, approximately 50 acres of irrigated pastures and a main barn, where many of our on-site activities now take place.
Throughout the 1970s, the Santa Cruz River flowed year-round through the Santa Fe Ranch; the Santa Cruz was then bordered by hundreds of enormous Cottonwood trees. Due to various partnerships and agreements between the Mexican and U.S federal governments, the Santa Cruz River, which once ran fiercely through Santa Cruz and other counties, now stands seemingly empty for most of the year. Do not be fooled however: despite excessive damming and overuse, the river is alive and well far under ground; the riparian corridor (the river bed and the land around it) is an oasis of plenty to the hundreds and hundreds of birds that follow its path north each year. Sadly, however, aside from the few that the SF Ranch members have managed to preserve, the giant Cottonwood trees of our past are nearly gone.
Here at the Santa Fe Ranch we believe that history and our natural surroundings teach us how to live. The Santa Fe Ranch Foundation members and associates are stewards of this land, and we are committed to preserving and conserving its natural beauty and life. To that end, we actively seek ways in which we can share with our community the opportunity to experience this wonderful, magical land first-hand and to understand that we are all an integral part of it.