About Us

The Fossen Family
*Photo credit: Artistic Moments Photography

I am Erika Fossen and this is my family with me.  Our ranch is situated 8 km west of Rock Creek, BC on a picturesque sidehill.  My husband and I run 330 head of commercial black angus and hereford cows.  These mother cows calve February through April.

After growing up on a farm in Northern Alberta, I went to Olds College where I graduated with a diploma in Agricultural Business.  It is there where my husband and I met.  I feel blessed to be able to do what I love and produce amazing beef for people to enjoy!

Some info about me: I love to be outside. I love to ride my horses. I love to cook, but also get really sick of deciding what to make for supper!  I have two daughters that are now taller than me and one getting mighty close!! I love the 4H program.

Thank you for your interest in ‘Life on a BC Cattle Ranch‘!

Sincerely,

Erika Fossen

(photo of ‘Team Erika’: Erika Fossen & Erika Strande)
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Hi my name is Erika Strande and my family owns a 250 head cattle ranch in Merritt, BC. The ranch has been in our family 51 years this July. My grandpa ran the ranch, then my dad and now my dad and I are running the ranch together. After graduating high school I attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Education with a minor in Agriculture and also was a member of the University of Alberta Pandas Rugby team. After graduating from the U of A I returned home to work part time on the ranch and teach part time at our local middle school, grades 7 and 8. In June 2011 the school closed, so it made my decision to ranch full time pretty easy.

In April 2012 I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in the CYL program (Canadian Cattlemen’s Young Leaders). Sixteen participants are chosen from across Canada to participate and then depending on their interest in the beef industry, assigned a mentor. My interests were direct marketing and communications and I requested to be matched with Erika Fossen, a fellow BC rancher. I am very passionate about ranching and telling our story to educate people about what we REALLY do as ranchers. I hope you enjoy reading our blog and it helps to debunk some of the myths that are out their about beef production and the industry.

For more information on how the two ‘Erika’s’ met, read this blog post: https://lifeonabccattleranch.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/how-the-erikas-came-to-be/

The two Erika's and our families.

The two Erika’s and our families.

29 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Terry says:

    Thanks you two Erikas for keeping it real with your blog. I love reading your stories even though I can vicariously live part of it myself, you both have a way of choosing topics that I would not think to notice. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedules to entertain, inform and educate. I love it.

    • 2erikas says:

      Thanks so much Terry! It is you commenting that makes blogging worth it for me! It’s so great to know someone is reading and enjoying!

  2. Hi Erika, it was nice to meet you and your family today! Hope you enjoy your tour in Kelowna 🙂
    Best regards,
    Dawn

    • 2erikas says:

      Thank you Dawn! We did have a great time in Kelowna and really enjoyed telling all of you about our ranch and the beef we produce. I hope you enjoy our blog, thanks for checking it out!

  3. Arla Brynjolfson says:

    Erika, this is awesome. You have grown into the most fantastic young woman. Kudos!! 🙂

  4. Tracy says:

    Great work! I wish I could subscribe to your blog so that I get email notifications whenever you post a new article.

    • 2erikas says:

      Hi Tracy
      Thanks so much for your comment! We are really glad you are enjoying the blog. If you click on “Follow” it will prompt you to fill in your email address and then every time we post a blog you will be notified! Thanks again for reading our blog!

  5. Ken Chalmers says:

    I love this blog. I have recommended it to others that I work with and I read it to my kids. Question for you though about haying that maybe you could address in the blog. You talked about raking and then bailing when the hay is dry enough. Do you test it with a moisture meter? Some readers of the blog might be interested to know how or if you do that.

  6. 2erikas says:

    Hi Ken! Thank you so much for your comments we are so glad you like our blog and I am so very excited that you are reading it to your children. That is the reason we wanted to start a blog to explain what we do! We do not use a moisture tester, there are ones available I have learned from my dad by feeling the hay and looking at it when it is ready. I do realize this is a little old school and I am sure many places use a moisture tester especially when using different feed production methods like silage. Thanks again for your comment we really appreciate it!

  7. Marie says:

    Thank you for your blog, so many interesting things about ranches! I’m a french student in agriculture and I don’t know them at all.
    I read you’re maling tours on your ranch, do you host people too ? Is it possible to come and visit, or do you have days for that ? I know a farm is not like a museum ahah, but I ask even though.
    Thanks !

  8. Parry says:

    Good morning from across the globe, from Punjab, India. We (my wife and self) are most amazed at your blog. Its an absolute honest and electric account of a ranchers life. The hardwork, vision and traditional value systems are most evident from what we have read. Its a great read and we enjoy reading your posts. We are farmers too, but very different from ranching (unknown in India). We do horses and Dairy and vegetables, crops, horticulture and sugarcane. Regards ..Geet and Parry

    • 2erikas says:

      Thank you for your comment! It is wonderful that you can have insight to ‘agriculture’ in another part of the world! It very exciting for us to hear how you enjoy reading our blog! Thanks again!

  9. parry says:

    Good morning, The photographic description gives us a true feel of the experiences you are writing about. Cattle farming in India, specially the Northern portion, is mainly in the form of Dairy farming. Here, one cannot own more than 17.5 Acres of land per family. So large scale farming operations are not possible in the manner that you all have. The best method is to hire land from other farmers and put together a larger land holding. Here every square inch of land is utilised for crops, fodder, vegetables or horticulture. The concept of meadows and pastures is not followed here. The cows are all stall fed. For us, the style of ranching that is practised by you all is a stuff of the movies. Therefore you can understand our deep interest in your methods of farming.
    Regards and looking forward to your action packed posts.

  10. Just saw your article in the Canadian Cattlemen and wanted to say hi. (was surprised to see a name I recognized on the cover) Your blog looks great and you have some beautiful pictures. I look forward to reading more. Don’t know if you’ll remember me but we lived in Rock Creek for about 9 months in 2006 when my husband worked on the Smith ranch. Glad to see that you guys are doing well.

    • 2erikas says:

      Hello! Yes, I remember and so glad to see a fellow blogger, your kids are beautiful! Thank you, it was a real honour to be on the cover of the Canadian Cattlemen! Nice to hear from you 🙂

  11. Andrew Tripp says:

    Hi Ericas: Andrew Tripp here from the Boundary Creek Times. I’d like to do a small article about your blog; let me know if you’re interested!

  12. Hurrah! At last I got a web site from where I be able to in fact take helpful facts regarding my study and knowledge.|

  13. Britt says:

    Great blog! If you are interested in looking at mine it’s http://www.ranchlifesite.wordpress.com.

  14. Gilbertmike912@gmail.com says:

    My late Dad was alright cowboy very quick with a rope worked for quilchena cattle co.now douglas lake ranch rest is history

  15. Robert Stitt says:

    Am restoring Canuck DQE – perhaps I can fly in some time!

    • 2erikas says:

      That is awesome you are restoring a Canuck! There are not many around! Where are you at?

      • Robert Stitt says:

        Am in Cowichan Bay near Duncan. DQE, which followed yours on the production line, was one of the four I learned to fly on. Hope to be airworthy next summer/fall. She’s built to last… as you well know!
        Robert

      • 2erikas says:

        That is excellent! I will inform my father-in-law who will be very interested in this! Thanks for the comment!

  16. Bert says:

    Hello
    Do you train horses to be saddle broke or can you recommend some one

    • 2erikas says:

      Hello, we break our own horses for our ranch use, although we do not have time to hire ourselves out. I do not have someone to recommend, sorry. SaddleUp magazine (if you are in BC) might have someone advertising for that line of work. Sorry I can not help you.

  17. Helen says:

    Thanks for an amazing blog ladies, my husband and I are running a mixed farm in the UK and quite often find ourselves checking out ranches for sale in BC. So since we found your blog a couple of weeks ago we have become a little addicted! You guys give a great insight into your year long calendar, you have created a great resource, thank you.

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