About the Author

Steph Merkle

Steph Merkle

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.

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Articles by Steph Merkle

Beautiful Creations From Our Readers — Countryside 2018

Beautiful Creations From Our Readers — Countryside 2018

March/April – Sheep

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Hannah, 10 years old

Hannah, 10 years old

CYS Sheep Coloring

Joanna Atkinson, 17 years old, Michigan

CYS Sheep Color

Rosa Elcher, 15 years old, Michigan

CYS Sheep Coloring Page

Darica Bertelson, 7 years old, Washington

CYS Sheep Color Page

Jennifer Hostetter, 8 years old, Pennsylvania

CYS Sheep Coloring Page

Simcha Woodby, 10 years old, Missouri

CYS SHeep Coloring Page

Jeanne, West Virginia

March/April – Pigs

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CYS Pig Coloring Page

Frank Merchlewitz, 5 years old, Minnesota

CYS Color Pig

By Andrea Martin, 16 years old, Pennsylvania

CYS Color Pig

By Tillie G., 6 years old, New York

CYS Coloring Pig

By Edna Zook, Missouri

CYS Coloring Pig

By Rachel Oberholtzer, 15 years old, New York

Matasha Keith Pig Color

By Matasha Keith, New York

CYS Pig Coloring Page

By Jean Dousay

CYS Color Pig

By Twila Graham, 9 years old, Pennsylvania

CYS Pig Color

By Myra Oelrichs, Illinois

CYS Pig Coloring

By Eve Gordon, 3 years old

CYS Pig Coloring

By Loren Dean Kuhns, 11 years old, Wisconsin

CYS Pig Coloring

By Emmett Gordon, 6 years old

CYS Pig Coloring

By Elizabeth Wright, nine years old

CYS Pig Coloring

By Grace Conroy

CYS Pig Coloring

By Wayne Gastgeb, "POPS," Georgia

CYS Pig Coloring

By Penelope Brown

CYS Pig Coloring

By Delilla Brown

CYS Color Pig

By Lydia Drago, 11 years old, Oregon

CYS Coloring Pig

By Rachel, 8 years old

CYS Color Pig

By Henry Miller, 8 years old, Wisconsin

Janet Mays, Illinois

By Janet Mays, Illinois

CYS COlor Pig

By Maria Gaddini, 9 years old

CYS Color Pig

By Katie Bontrager, Wisconsin

Rosalie Hoffman, North Carolina

By Rosalie Hoffman, North Carolina

CYS Color Pig

By Lydia Bontrager, age 12, Wisconsin

CYS Color Pig

By Ida Bontrager, age 8, Wisconsin

CYS Color Pig

By Ari Jean Pohl, Age 5, Missouri

CYS Color Pig

By Michael Hostetter, 11 years old, Pennsylvania

CYS Pig Color

By Chloe Bass, 14 years old, Virginia.

CYS Color Pig

By TL Hansen

CYS Color Pig

By Allison Cramer, Pennsylvania

CYS Color Pig

By Isaiah Luke Miller, 8 years old, Indiana

CYS Color Pig

By Jonathan Kinsinger, 11 years old, West Virginia

CYS Pig Coloring Page

By Tilly Ott, 13 years old, Ohio

CYS Color Pig

By John Paul, 8 years old

January/February – Owls

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CYS Coloring Owl

By Mrs. C. J. Sims, Tennessee

CYS Owl Rivera

By Susan Rivera, Arkansas

CYS Sauder Coloring Page

By Isaac Sander, age 11

CYS Kuhns Owl Coloring

By Elfreda Kuhns, age 15, Wisconsin

CYS Owl Hill

By Cecilia Hill, 6 years old

CYS Owl McAuley

By Kristy McAuley, Washington

CYS Owl Ott

By Tilly Ott, 12 years old

CYS Owl Gillings

By Bernadette Gillings, 66 years old, Texas

CYS Owl Glaser

By Elizabeth Glaser

CYS Owl Chupp

By Mariann Chupp, Ohio

CYS Owl Coloring Page

By Eli Carroll, 9 years old, Georgia

Madron Owl Color

By John Madron

Catoe Coloring

By Kailey Catoe, 9 years old, South Carolina

Janet Mays, Illinois

By Janet Mays, Illinois