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Lisa McBride

Lisa McBride has 14 articles published.

Goat Milk?

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Goats are a wonderful addition to the household that can provide a family with milk, cheese, ice cream and other delicious treats.

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Babies on the homestead

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The first day of spring brought the arrival of three baby goats to the McBride homestead. This is Maple’s story of her journey through pregnancy to birth and the joy of the arrival of the babies.

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Murder most fowl

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Homesteading life isn’t always as easy as collecting eggs and milking the goat. Sometimes the unexpected can occur, and tragedy can strike in an instant.

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Duck-inspired lessons in leadership

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While they certainly aren’t trying to train me, my ducks have inspired me to be more cognizant of teamwork, flexibility and leadership.

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Animals can love too

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Love is not just a human characteristic; all animals are capable of it. Here are a few examples from our homestead of the relationships and bonds animals can form.

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How to become self-sufficient

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Gradual steps you can follow on your way to reducing your dependency on others while developing a sustainable and healthy life.

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Blueberries: the best of nature’s candy

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Whether it be by taste, smell, touch or memory, the blueberry holds a special place in local Island cultures past and present and is at the centre of memories, stories, recipes and experiences.

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Mustard: The greatest among herbs

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It grows well in Newfoundland, has a variety of uses, and experimenting with it can make you feel like Alice tumbling down a rabbit hole of culinary delights.

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Rhubarb: more than meets the pie

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Used for making medicine, wines and liqueurs, insecticide and art, there’s much more to this vegetable that many of us ever knew.

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Vermicomposting: Letting worms work for you

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“All the fertile areas of this planet have at least once passed through the bodies of earthworms.” — Charles Darwin

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The Dandelion: Nature’s most useful “weed”

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Dandelion is not the kind of plant that needs an introduction — it grows all around and is considered by many to be a nuisance weed. But do they really deserve the bad image we attribute to them? Let me reintroduce you to this common plant and try to change your perspective on it.

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Where the Wild things are

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Come and let me take you on a journey into nature’s grocery store. You don’t have to be in the woods to forage for artisanal produce. It’s abundant here in the city of St. John’s!

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Why we chose ducks

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Ducks can be a wonderful addition to your backyard homestead, providing you with a source of delicious eggs, hilarious entertainment and garden insect pest control

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Why we chose goats

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There’s more to goats than meets the eye. These loyal companions can fill the role of a household dog while providing you with a bounty of milk, yogurt and cheese. They even help reduce your waste at home and in the garden. And best of all, you can keep them in the city.

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