About the Author

Steph Merkle

Steph Merkle is the Digital Content & Community Director for Countrysde. She tends to her raised bed gardens, raises a mixed flock of egg layers, and keeps honey bees on her four acres in southeastern Wisconsin. As a Colorado native, Steph spent her childhood in the remote San Luis Valley, the largest agricultural alpine valley in the United States. Growing up in the valley made Steph appreciate the scarcity of water in a semi-arid climate and the mounting demands on this limited resource. Steph spent her summers working as a landscaper focused on xeriscaping practices as well as lending a hand on her grandparents’ tree nursery. Steph enjoys traveling as far and wide as her pocketbook allows and spending time with her husband and two young children.
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Articles by Steph Merkle

How to Connect with Our Homesteading Experts
September 1, 2020 · · Homesteading

Ask our homesteading experts about your poultry and/or livestock’s health, feed, production, housing, and more!

Please note that although our team has dozens of years of experience, we are not licensed veterinarians. For serious life and death matters, we advise you to consult with your local veterinarian.

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Preserve the Harvest Giveaway
August 17, 2020 · · Giveaways, Growing

Our Preserve the Harvest giveaway is BACK! Win food preservation these trusted brands:
All-American Canner
Dripping Springs
Pomona’s Universal Pectin

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Nominate a Homesteader for the I Am Countryside Feature

Add to Favorites Know a homesteader who inspires others? Want to see them featured in Countryside & Small Stock Journal? Send a note and have them fill out the questionnaire below …

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Countryside Theme of the Week
February 18, 2020 · · Homesteading

Each week on Instagram, @iamcountryside features a different theme and encourages homesteaders to play along with the fun and informative homesteading-based themes. Follow along with #countrysidethemeoftheweek.

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April 8, 2019 · · Homesteading

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