About the Author

Ryan Slabaugh

Ryan Slabaugh

Ryan Slabaugh is the editor of Backyard Poultry and Countryside Magazine and Small Stock Journal, which serve thousands of people interested in poultry, chickens, countryside lifestyles, soil and compost, livestock and vegetable gardening. The Countryside team believes that sustainability and simple living are the best gifts we can give to future generations, and work to positively build awareness about conservation, environmentalism and resource management. Each year, they help hundreds of people start raising livestock for the first times, while sharing lessons from gardeners who range in experience from novice to expert.

Previously, Ryan Slabaugh spent 15 years as a journalist, winning awards for his environmental work documenting the early outbreak of Colorado’s pine beetle epidemic and early signs of climate change, and as a community newspaper editor, helping grow several titles including The Aspen Times, Vail Daily, Sierra Sun, Tahoe Daily Tribune, High Country Golf, and Tahoe Magazine, and working within communities to help make them better places to live. His work in remote, mountain regions gave him a unique look at how environmental and resource pressures can affect a community — for better or worse — and how local communities have rallied together to protect their backyards for future generations.

Away from work, Ryan lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his girlfriend, Catherine, and his dog, Frannie. He also coaches Little League, explores the nearby Rocky Mountains, consults with nonprofits on branding and marketing and serves on the board of directors for the Conservation ReSource Center based in Boulder. He also freelance writes about professional skiers, enjoys playing guitar, running and being outdoors, and has skied more than 45 ranges across the West.

Ryan graduated from DePauw University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in English and member of the Media Fellows Honors Society. He grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and Bettendorf, Iowa.

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Articles by Ryan Slabaugh

A Degree in Purpose

Homesteading

A Degree in Purpose

Colleges and universities haven’t done much right lately. Between criminal athletic programs derailing entire campus cultures, students graduating with six-figure debts, and endless tuition increases that pay for equally endless

Nuance, Have a Seat

Homesteading

Nuance, Have a Seat

Here is where I get lost. I’m in the grocery store, and after walking 17 aisles lined with low-sodium, no-sodium, gluten-free, organic, all-natural, non-GMO, protein-added, vitamin-C enhanced, locally grown, cage-free,

The Countryside Tale

Homesteading

The Countryside Tale

Around 1969, JD Belanger, the founder of this magazine, combined Rabbit World, which was 32 pages long, with Dairy Goat Guide, which was 12 pages, and Countryside, which was 20 pages,

Questions for The Answer Man

Blood-Spotted Eggs
My hen’s eggs have these blood spots all of the time; sometimes the whites are even bloody looking. She is a Maran, about 2 years old. Is this because

The Oh-So-Versatile Dandelion

A 15th century surgeon named the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), calling it “dent-de-lion” noting the distinctive “tooth-shaped” leaf we all recognize. In fact, “lion’s-tooth” is another common name. Although dandelion has many