Our Story


At Countryside, our purpose is to inspire self-reliant living on any level. We acknowledge that the path to self-sufficiency is as unique as the person who accepts the journey. We strive to strengthen the homesteading movement by sharing the diverse voices and knowledge of today’s practitioners. We teach our readers how to grow and raise their own food; build, fix, and craft with their own two hands; and walk as gently on the planet as possible.


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

We love making new connections on our social sites. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Expert Answers

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



Everyone on the Countryside team — from our editors to our advertising managers to our digital experts — believes that managing our homesteads, raising our livestock and poultry humanely, eating whole food and living sustainably are all worthy pursuits. We are committed to helping anyone learn how to live simply by providing the information you seek quickly and easily — so that you can spend more of your time doing what you love.

Michelle Scott – Customer Care

Michelle Scott lives on two acres in rural northern Colorado and enjoys riding and showing her Appaloosa mare Sinsational Diamond aka Ruby.

Marissa Ames – Editor / Community Mgr

Marissa Ames runs a small homestead in Fallon, Nevada, where she focuses on saving and propagating rare breeds of goats and garden vegetables. She and her husband, Russ, travel to Africa where they serve as agricultural advisors for the nonprofit I Am Zambia. She spends her free time eating lunch.


Steph Merkle – Content Director

Steph Merkle lives on four acres in southeastern Wisconsin, where she tends to her vegetable and pollinator gardens, raises a mixed flock of egg layers (Salmon Favorelles are her favorite) and keeps honey bees.

Kelly Weiler – Advertising Manager

Kelly Weiler has worked with Countryside since 2007.  She is the lucky beneficiary of her parents’ huge garden and does a lot of canning and freezing to feed her twin teenagers. She grew up on a small dairy farm and brings a true farm heart with her.

Samantha Ingersoll – Editorial 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.

Ann Tom – Editor / Community Mgr

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.



Alicia Soper – Advertising Director

Alicia Soper has helped connect advertisers with readers for the past 15 years. When she’s not in the office, you can find her at the lake or spending time with family and friends.


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 Swift Communications.

Founded in 1916.

Founded in 2006.

Founded in 1923. Now Goat Journal.


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Fence Post Co.
attn: Countryside Publications
PO Box 566
Medford, WI 54451

Phone: 970-392-4419