About the Author

Steph Merkle

Steph Merkle

Steph Merkle is the Audience Development Editor for the Countryside Network. She lives along the foothills of northern Colorado, with her husband, two young kiddos and a feathered flock of Ameraucana 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.

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Articles by Steph Merkle

12 Days of Poultry Giveaway

12 Days of Poultry Giveaway

For 12 wonderful days, Backyard Poultry magazine and our poultry partners are making your holidays a little merrier by giving you a chance to win flock essentials — every single

Gardening with Guinea Fowl

Gardening with Guinea Fowl

Ferguson discovered the answer to natural pest control on the homestead: Guinea fowl. Guinea fowl tend to pick bugs and insects from within their reach.