TK Ranch — A Very Special Place
The municipality that we live in is called the Special Areas of Alberta — and it is very special. TK Ranch is located on some of the last tracts of wild Northern Fescue prairies only 4% is left in the world. We manage this diverse and wild landscape with the knowledge that thousands of species rely on our caring stewardship — many that are threatened or endangered.
TK Ranch is located 2.5 hours NE of Calgary, 2 hours east of Red Deer and 3.5 hours SE of Edmonton. More specifically, 55 kms NE of Hanna or 26 kms south of Coronation. So look east towards Saskatchewan and that is where our home and all of our livestock are raised. We also have a small piece of land located east of Calgary where we built our small country store and processing facility. It is here that all of our branded meat products are cut, packaged and made into value added products like sausages.
Take a close look and you will see that we have become an island of wild prairie surrounded by a patchwork of farmland. From this perspective you can understand how threatened this ecosystem really is. In 2010, when we received the National Prairie Conservation Award, it was any eye-opening experience. We knew that people were breaking the prairie to plant crops, but not at the rate that it is being lost. It was then that we realized how important it was to continue our work at building a sustainable model for agriculture.