Ranching Lady: Torie Peterson
Tombstone Ranch, Scapa AB
Left: Uninterrupted skylines at Tombstone Ranch that Torie speaks so fondly of.
My husband I mainly run angus cross cattle, but we are also known for having a funny farm. Along with our cattle we have miniature donkeys, horses, goats, chickens, ducks and an ever increasing cat herd.
Ranching has been in my blood for as long as I can remember. I grew up on a 250+ head cattle operation north of Hanna, AB. I am a 5th generation ag producer.
I am currently on maternity leave, but I usually work at JC Charyk School as an educational assistant.
What is your favorite thing about living in a rural community?
Being surrounded by nature is at the top of my list. there is something about the starts at night, the uninterrupted skylines, the rolling hills and the being surrounded by animals (tame and wild) that tug at my heart strings. I also love that I can take my daughter for a peaceful walk, whether it be up the road for coffee with a neighbor or out to the pasture to catch her pony.
If you could change one thing about your rural community what would it be?
If I could change just one thing I would remove as much "industry" as possible. Untouched land is getting harder and harder to find. As wind towers, etc become more popular it is getting difficult to find those uninterrupted skylines that I talked about.
What's one piece of advice you would give other ranching women?
Housework is not important! And your husband can survive on toast!
What do you do to relax after a busy farm day?
I like to spend time with my critters, go for drives and sit around a bonfire with my family.
Any activities you enjoy off farm?
I may take the odd trip to the city here and there, but I am always happy to come home to my quiet way of life.
It is the only way of life I know and I love it. I spent a few months in the city while I attended college and I couldn't get out of there soon enough!