Guides and How-To’s

Get your hands on dozens of expertly researched guides and how-to’s on a variety of topics.

National Magazines

We proudly produce three nationally distributed print and digital titles: Backyard Poultry, Countryside and Goat Journal

Daily Newsletters

Poultry, gardening, goats, soapmaking, beekeeping and more — we cover all the bases in our newsletter program (and it’s free)!

Video Tutorials

Video is a wonderful way to learn a new homesteading skill! Watch for tutorials throughout our site.

Social Media

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Expert Answers

Our editors and writers have decades of experience in homesteading and offer one-on-one support to our members.



Our team is small, but mighty. We aren’t sitting in a high-rise in the city pretending we understand homesteading. We live this life. We nurture and grow Countryside from our small-town offices and even right from our own homesteads. We know the joys of homesteading; we know the sorrows, too. We are your people, and you are ours. Homestead on, Countrysiders!

Marissa Ames – Editorial Director and Backyard Goats Editor

Marissa Ames runs a small homestead in Fallon, Nevada, where she breeds rare San Clemente Island goats. She teaches homesteading classes for the National Grange organization. Marissa and her husband, Russ, serve as agricultural advisors in Africa for the nonprofit I Am Zambia, facilitating sustainability for rural villages and schools. She spends her free time eating lunch.


Ann Tom – Countryside Editor

ann-tomAnn Tom lives in northcentral Wisconsin and enjoys her vegetable garden and flowerbeds. When the weeding is done, she enjoys fishing, camping, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.



Samantha Ingersoll – Marketing & Design Specialist

Born and raised in Medford, Wisconsin, Samantha enjoys being outdoors with her family. They tend a garden, raise chickens, and like to go camping when not busy with sports.

Carla Tilghman – Backyard Poultry Editor


Carla enjoys a small urban stead with chickens, bees, cats, and kids. When not growing veggies and tending fruit trees, she spends her time weaving and knitting.

Karmin Garrison – Copyeditor


An avid gamer, word nerd, herbalist, and DIYer, Karmin Garrison lives on a one-acre wannabe homestead in East Texas. When not magicking up words or chasing after kids, she can be found wandering the woods, building something new, fishing, beading and sewing, convincing her plants to grow, or with her nose in a book. Sometimes she sleeps.



Ana Skemp – Audience Engagement Specialist

Ana Skemp is a mother, a farmer, and a maker at Deep Roots Community Farm in Wisconsin. She raises grass-fed beef, KuneKune pigs, Icelandic Cross sheep, Pygora fiber goats, ducks, geese, and chickens. In the summer, the farm is opened up to local school kids for educational programming. Her family recently became the next generation to tend the family apple orchard.


Small Stock Magazine was founded in 1917 by Wallace Blair (actually, we can claim an even earlier beginning, because Countryside also contains Journal of Outdoor Enterprises which was begun in Kansas City in 1916.), Countryside was founded in 1969 by Jerry (Jd) Belanger, author of Raising Milk Goats the Modern Way, Homesteader’s Handbook to Raising Small Livestock, Raising the Homestead Hog, Country Living, Soil Fertility, and The Place Called Attar. The two merged in 1973 to become Countryside & Small Stock Journal, usually shortened to Countryside. Countryside is now a print and digital media company owned by Ogden Publications.

Founded in 1916.

Founded in 2006.

Founded in 1923. Now Goat Journal.


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Phone: 970-392-4419