Tarleton Ranch Eco Village

Tarleton Ranch Eco-Village

Located just north of Taos on the highway to Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico, the Tarleton Ranch property has been a working cattle ranch and hay farm, owned and maintained by the same family for over three generations. The Tarleton Family now wants to develop their 356 acre property with a variety of mixed uses, in a manner that preserves approximately 160 acres of open space for agriculture.

Working with the Tarleton family and local developer Mark Yaravitz, GaiaQuest is master planning a Permaculture based evolution of the existing Tarleton Ranch into a vibrant mixed-use eco-village development and eco-farm that generates renewable energy, grows organic food year round, provides enhanced ecosystem biodiversity and contributes a net zero carbon footprint opportunity that the health of our planet depends on for future generations. Developed around a central regeneratively sustainable eco-farm park designed to produce bountiful localized nutrient rich organic food, the Tarleton Ranch Eco-Village concept also uniquely offers local businesses, residents and visitors an opportunity for healthy regeneratively-sustainable lifestyles of live, work and play. 

Our unique interdisciplinary village planning incorporates principles and concepts of Traditional Neighborhood Design, New Urbanism and Permaculture Science  in a manner similar to successful communities like Seabrook (Washington), Lookout (Washington), Sea Ranch (California) and Village Homes (California).  The master plan proposal for this unique 356 acre property includes the following eco-village  features, uses, businesses and amenities:

Eco-Farm integrated into an Agriculture Open Space Park
Eco-Farm (Demonstration & Retail)
    •    Farm Retail Center & Nursery
    •    Farm Service Center Facility
    •    Eco-Farm Open Space with in-ground crop production cells
    •    Aquaponic, Hydroponic & Live Soil Greenhouse production
    •    Food Forest (Polyculture) Ecosystems & Shelter Belts
    •    Heirloom Seed Bank
    •    Mulch, Compost, Live Soil & Organic Fertilizer Production
    •    Permaculture Demonstration & Education Center (GaiaQuest)
    •    Worm Farm & Bee Keeping
Irrigation Features, Sources & Earthworks
    •    Acequia
    •    Gray Water
    •    Storm water
    •    Stream
    •    Swale Basin Irrigation & Related Permaculture Earthworks
    •    Tertiary Treatment Plant Outflow, cycled through 
    •    Engineered wetland purification system w/reed beds
Ranch Animals & Protein Sources – Expansion of existing ranch operation to include the following species integrated into the eco-farm service center, grazing pastures, food forests, lane-way access corridors and greenhouses (aquatic species).
    •    Cattle
    •    Other Big Animals (Pigs, Goats & Sheep)
    •    Small Animals (ducks, poultry  & rabbits)
    •    Fish & Other Aquatic Species Production

Village Center Development (34 Lots)
    •    Primary Luxury Hotel, Spa & Restaurant
    •    Support Hospitality (Hotel, Inn, B&B & Hostel)
Retail & Services
    •    Art Galleries
    •    Bank
    •    Brewery
    •    Car Rental
    •    Coffee House / Bakery
    •    Distillery
    •    Eldercare, Urgent Care & Medical
    •    Fitness, Pool, Spa & Wellness Center
    •    Grocery & Deli
    •    Mercantile with Light Hardware
    •    Office Space
    •    Pharmacy (such as CVS, Walgreens, Pharmaca, etc.)
    •    Real Estate Sales & Rentals
    •    Restaurant
    •    Specialty Shops
    •    Stations for Charging Electric Cars
Village Center Live/Work
    •    2 & 3 story Live/Work opportunities
    •    Permanent commercial use at ground floor level
    •    flexible mixed uses @ 2nd & 3rd stories.

Residential Development (443 Lots)
Apartment and/or Condominium
Neighborhood Live/Work
    •    Available for occupancy as Live/Work or Town homes
Single Family Detached Homes
Variety of Attached Homes
    •    Town Homes, Patio Homes & Courtyard Houses
Work Force & Employee Housing
    •    Entry Level Starter Homes and Rentals
    •    Work Force Housing Opportunity for Taos Ski Valley

Village Amenities & Resources
Community Center & Town Hall
Eco-Farm Park, Central Park, Plaza & Neighborhood Parks
Firehouse w/ EMS Services
Recreation Amenities:
    •    Multi-use Community Paths & Trails with Athletic Facilities 
    •    Ponds, Pool, Picnic Areas, Fire Pits, BBQs, Dog Park, etc.
Renewable Energy –
    •    Low Temperature Ground-Sourced Geothermal,
    •    Onsite Community Solar Electric Farm
    •    Solar Thermal Heating