Steph Merkle is the Content Director for the Countryside Network, Countryside & Small Stock Journal and Backyard Poultry magazine. She lives along the foothills of northern Colorado, with her husband, two young kiddos and a feathered flock of cross-breed chickens.
As a Colorado native, Steph spent her childhood in the remote San Luis Valley along the base of the towering Sangre de Crisco Mountains, just a stone’s throw from the Great Sand Dunes. 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 farm. From a young age, Steph learned to appreciate nature, and the importance of living a sustainable, holistic life.
Steph has a degree in English, with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She’s spent her career in digital media, with a special focus on building new online audiences, social media management and teaching digital best practices. She can’t imagine doing anything else with her professional life. The ever-evolving nature of the digital space always presents new challenge, and she thoroughly enjoys how easily and quickly it is to share ideas, solutions and feedback online.
Steph is thrilled to be part of the homesteading heritage of Countryside Publications, and to help build an online community around topics that matter to her: Raising backyard chickens, growing her own food, supporting natural solutions and home remedies, and teaching her children how to respect the earth.
In her free time, you can find Steph tending to her raised bed vegetable gardens (she grows a mean crop of Brussels Sprouts), transforming her thirsty lawn into a pollinator’s paradise, and traveling as far and wide as her work schedule and pocketbook allow.