The combination of water, earth, sky, rock, and plant and animal life at Madroño Ranch: A Center for Writing, Art, and the Environment gives rise to a unique, three-pronged program that is profoundly rooted in a specific sense of place.
Madroño Ranch is at once a working ranch and farm, with a free-ranging herd of grass-fed bison, a flock of laying hens, and fruit trees; a residential center where environmental writers and artists in any genre come to work in seclusion and to converse at the communal table; and, as a model of sustainable practice, a benefit to the local community and a source of nourishment both literal and metaphorical.
The 1,500-acre ranch is located on Wallace Creek (named for the legendary nineteenth-century Texas Ranger W. W. “Bigfoot” Wallace, who lived nearby) a few miles north of Medina, Texas. The property includes a lake of about 25 acres and numerous other streams and draws; steep, rocky terrain; and grassy, rolling hills. It is home to a number of plant and animal species in addition to our bison and chickens: the madrone trees (madroño in Spanish) for which the ranch is named; feral hogs; raccoons; whitetail, sika, and axis deer; bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie, and perch; bald eagles; wild turkeys; and many more.