Harmony with nature & each other.
Long before green was a corporate buzzword, the Beilharz family dedicated their efforts to develop their ranch with s small environmental footprint and respect for nature. Land stewardship is the driving force behind Cypress Valley.
Early investments in solar energy and rainwater collection proved a family of 6 could easily live without tapping into mainstream resources. They learned to conserve water and energy as a lifestyle. Later, the Beilharz's added wind and hydro power and when PEC was willing to buy their excess energy, they connected to the grid allowing better power resources during rainy weather and reduction of power costs during hot sunny summer days.
The changes to Cypress Valley's natural landscape have been done to help manage the natural resources not just provide for human comforts. There are numerous ponds and berms throughout the ranch to slow down the 5 - 6 heavy rainstorms that make up 85% of this areas annual rainfall. These both decrease soil erosion and help replenish the ground water so critical to Central Texas. The family collected food scraps from Whole Foods and Central Market in the early days as well as coffee grounds to enrich the soil as the planted a peach orchard and began their organic farm.
When the Beilharz family opened their ranch to the public in 2005, it was with the mission to share their land stewardship practices as well as the healing power of being in nature with others. Nature has a way of soothing our soul. When people enjoy nature they take better care of our world and each other--which is good for all of us.
We are still learning. It is a work in progress.