Hi, I’m Kathy Berget, author and creator of Beyond the Chicken Coop.  

Kathy wearing an apron and standing in front of a tree.

Thanks for visiting and learning about Beyond the Chicken Coop!  I am an elementary school principal and have three kids; ages 18, 17 and 17.  Yep…..we have twin boys and one girl.  My husband and I live in the country on our own little farm.  We have chickens, pigs, bunnies, and cats and dogs.

Pig being sprayed by water.

We try to live off the land and create a lot of our food from scratch, although this is a challenge in our busy lives.  Every year we try to add a bit more of what we can do ourselves. 

A pair of boots on green grass.


My experience comes from years of gardening and cooking, working in numerous restaurants and taking gardening classes, food preservation classes and bee keeping classes from our local extension office. I am a certified Master Gardener and a certified Apprentice Bee Keeper.

Checking a bee hive.

While I currently work as an elementary school principal, my first career was in hotels. My bachelor’s degree was in Business – Hotel, Restaurant Management. Right out of college I went to work for a major hotel chain and worked in their restaurant and housekeeping departments. I later went back to school to get my teaching degree and eventually received my masters in educational leadership. Even though I currently work in education, my love of food and cooking is still thriving! 

Growing up, my dad always grew a huge organic garden and my mom always  canned food. During the summertime we would travel north to my grandmother’s where we would pick cherries, cucumbers, tomatoes and other fresh produce and we would can batch after batch of everything we picked. I still have a few of my grandmother’s recipes! 

A pantry filled with canned goods.

I have always enjoyed cooking and even when I was a teenager I read cook books, just for enjoyment. I have a huge collection of cookbooks and cooking magazines and I still enjoy reading through them again and again. I seem to find something new every time.

Beyond the Chicken Coop mainly focuses on delicious homemade recipes with the occasional post about gardening, farm animals and country living.  My most popular recipes include Oatmeal Banana Muffins, Pan Fried Walleye and Applesauce Bars

Fun facts about Kathy

  • We live on property that my grandfather purchased back in the early 1900s. 
  • My sister lives down the mountain from us in the house my grandparents built
  • I have always dreamed of owning a cow to milk. We’ve raised goats for milk, but never a cow!
  • My favorite food to bake is bread, preferably yeast bread, but I enjoy baking any type of bread and muffins.
  • My favorite food is fresh picked raspberries that are warmed from the sun.
  • I do not like peanut butter! 
  • I have 2 brothers and 3 sisters and although we may live in different states, we are all close.
  • My husband and 3 kids all enjoy hunting and keep our freezers stocked with game meat.
  • My favorite books to read as a child were the Little House on the Prairie Books. If I could pick a time period to live in, it would be during that period. 
  • I have kissed a pig! It was a cute baby pig and it was a prize for my students for reaching a school wide goal! We had a whole school assembly with our local media present to capture the entire event. There were plenty of squeals – both from the students and the pig! 

A stack of sliced bread with pumpkin seeds.

Many of my recipes have been featured in Parade, Feed Feed, MSN, Foodista, Woman’s Day, Red Tricycle, Brit & Co. Yummly, Food Gawker, Buzz Feed and more!

Beyond the Chicken Coop recipes have been featured in many different sites.


This blog hosts musings about what we do. Please take a look around.  Be sure to come back and visit to see what else is happening at Beyond the Chicken Coop!





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    January 15, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    You sound like an amazing woman. I found your Chicken Pot Pie somewhere and fixed it and it was terrific. I’ll now look through your site and find more things to prepare. Thanks so much!

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      January 15, 2021 at 6:43 pm

      Hi Carol,
      Thanks for the lovely compliment! I’m just a regular ol’ woman who does things I love to do! I’m glad you love the chicken pot pie – it’s a favorite. I hope you find some more recipes you can’t wait to make!

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    October 18, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Jerri here, I was wondering what kind of meat slicer you use for the homemade bacon recipe in the picture? Don’t have money to waste on one that won’t do it. Thank you so much.

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      October 18, 2020 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Jerri, That is a very old and very heavy meat slicer that my mother in law bought for us at a second hand store. It’s hard to find a heavy duty one to do the job. I wish they still made them like they used to. Kathy¬†

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