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 my career touring cthe 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)
Now, at 38, after six albums, two books, a million weekly columns, a couple million miles,
a couple of moves, a couple of kids, one great husband, and some heartache, we have officially been back at the ranch for 10 years, finding our place here and planning for the future. 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. I’ve write as a regular weekly columnist for Fargo, ND’s Fargo Forum and have released my most recent albums “Playing Favorites” (2021) “Northern Lights” (Nashville, 2015) and “Nothing’s Forever,” (2012) with rural living as the backdrop to the music. In 2017 I published my ffirst book “Coming Home” (2017) and in 2022, my first children’s book, “Prairie Princess” 2022 and continue to tour the region, singing and speaking about life on the ranch raising cattle and kids.
As I type we are working on plans to make the ranch a destination for visitors. And every day we’re raising our two daughters to love and respect this place, feeling lucky each day that we get to do it all alongside family.
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…
If you are interested in having me speak or sing at an event, or would like more information on my photography and writing, please feel free to contact me at any time.
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.