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Lisa McBride

Lisa McBride

Lisa McBride and her husband Steve are 'back to basics' homesteaders who are very interested in food security and trying to produce much of what they eat and use in their lives. In addition to hosting a large homesteading group on Facebook, they also regularly teach workshops to share their homesteading knowledge and experiences.

Published Articles

  • Goat Milk?

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

    Published on July 16, 2016
  • Babies on the homestead

    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.

    Published on April 30, 2016
  • Murder most fowl

    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.

    Published on March 18, 2016
  • Duck-inspired lessons in leadership

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

    Published on December 5, 2015
  • Animals can love too

    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.

    Published on October 24, 2015
  • How to become self-sufficient

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

    Published on September 18, 2015
  • Blueberries: the best of nature’s candy

    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.

    Published on August 21, 2015
  • Mustard: The greatest among herbs

    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.

    Published on July 25, 2015
  • Rhubarb: more than meets the pie

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

    Published on June 27, 2015
  • Vermicomposting: Letting worms work for you

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

    Published on May 29, 2015
  • The Dandelion: Nature’s most useful “weed”

    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.

    Published on May 2, 2015
  • Where the Wild things are

    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!

    Published on April 4, 2015
  • Why we chose ducks

    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

    Published on March 7, 2015
  • Why we chose goats

    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.

    Published on February 7, 2015

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