About Jessie Veeder and The Veeder Ranch
The Veeder Ranch is a 3,000 acre cattle ranch located on the edge of the badlands in Western North Dakota. Much more than the beautifully rustic land itself, it is where my great grandfather came to create a living and raise a family and it is where I grew up singing and writing music and riding horses and learning to appreciate nature and family and space.
I have developed a life long love affair with this place and spent years of my young adult life touring colleges and coffeehouses across the country singing and writing and talking about it–about the weather, the gravel roads, the people, the space, grass and trees and the pull I felt to leave with my arms wide open and my head turned slightly over my shoulder, just in case and just because. (Read more about my music career here: Jessie Veeder Music)
It’s been over ten years since I went out on my own and now, at 29, after a couple albums, a couple million miles (it seems),
a couple of moves, a couple of dogs, a couple of jobs, one large home renovation, one great husband, and some heartache, I am back at the ranch. Why? Ultimately because it is where I belong, but also, I want to share this with others. I want to open the metaphorical gates to the place that provided me with the space to create and breathe and be wild to visitors from around the world. I want to give you the opportunity to walk its trails, to lay in the grass, identify its birds, smell the dirt, pick the wildflowers, sit on the back of a horse, photograph it, write about it, sing about it and talk about it.
Since the summer of 2010 my husband and I have been living and working alongside my father as the fourth generation stewards of this land..and I have been chronicling every emotion, mishap, adventure, roundup and beautiful sunset along the way. The emotions, hilarity and nostalgia that swoop into my life out here where my great grandfather homesteaded, where my grandparents ranched, where my aunt, uncle and father grew up and showed me what passion for place means has been the biggest blessing in my life.
This outlet from which to speak about rural ranch life has lead to some great opportunities, such as being hired as a regular weekly columnist for Fargo, ND’s Fargo Forum, providing regular commentary and ranch stories on Prairie Public Radio, writing and recording my latest album “Nothing’s Forever,” selling my photographs and touring the state singing and speaking about my lifestyle and career at regional meetings and events.
As I type we are building a new home and have plans to have a cabin for available for guests in the spring. In the future I would like to open our place up to guests and create a eventually comfortable space for your events. We would love to host workshops for writers, photographers, birders, historians, etc. Our goal is to be an escape into nature, however you would like it served up–taking a quiet stroll through the hills with those you love, or exploring the rustic landscape on the back of a horse.
This is a big project, but I want to tell you about it. I invite you to read the poetry and the stories, listen to the music, look at the pictures, get inspired, give us ideas and come see it for yourself someday.
Oh, and just in case you want to know a bit more about the woman behind the words…
I have big hair. I trip a lot. I say stupid things. I snort when I laugh. I’m a home renovator and a damn good cabinet refinisher. I married the right man. I would adopt all of the dogs in the world if that didn’t create a ridiculous amount of chaos. I am addicted to coffee and peanut butter. I’m building some muscles out here again…
Happy Trails and thanks so much for your support,
Jessie Veeder Scofield
The Veeder Ranch-Rural Watford City, ND
Visit www.jessieveedermusic.com for more information on my music career and performances.