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Steve McBride

Steve McBride

Steve McBride is a CFA originally from Vancouver. He moved to St John's for the fine climate, and to pursue a self-sufficient lifestyle through foraging, gardening, and keeping some backyard animals. He and his wife Lisa are now up the Southern Shore developing a sustainable homestead.

Published Articles

  • DIY maple syrup: building a local tradition

    Eight years into our do-it-yourself adventures in maple syrup, things are getting serious.

    Published on March 3, 2017
  • Bringing home the bees

    Honey bees need our help, and Newfoundland is one of the last places on Earth where they can still be raised organically.

    Published on August 19, 2016
  • Hate the budget? Time to get some chickens

    The recent provincial budget reaches deep into the pockets of every citizen of our province. One way to combat ‘the age of austerity’ is to take steps towards self-sufficiency, just like our grandparents did when times were tough.

    Published on May 14, 2016
  • Protecting our Traditions: the case for backyard animals

    When cops come for your backyard chickens, it’s time to rise up and speak out about the importance of sustainable, respectful food-producing practices.

    Published on March 5, 2016
  • The Cost of Convenience

    We spent a year going without the dishwasher, microwave, electric heating, and laundry machines to find out what our power consumption habits were costing us. Now we’d never go back to using them.

    Published on January 15, 2016
  • Food security for urban homesteaders

    Self-sufficiency can seem daunting at first. Here are some tips on foraging, community gardening and guerilla gardening to get you started on the path to food security for you and your family.

    Published on December 19, 2015
  • “Time is not money”: Homestead Economics (Pt. 1)

    Are you caught up in the rat race? The principles of homestead economics might just be your way out.

    Published on November 13, 2015
  • The apples of my eye

    Fall is a forager’s delight, with apples ripe for the picking throughout the province — scattered near trails, alongside rivers, in schoolyards and parking lots. You can stockpile them, but then what?

    Published on October 2, 2015
  • Why local?

    ‘Eat local’ has become a bit of a buzzword over the past few years here in Newfoundland, yet we still import over 90 per cent of our fresh fruit and vegetables. Here’s why local food is so important.

    Published on September 5, 2015
  • The bats in my attic

    Living with bats was not something I ever expected in life, but after finding a colony in my cabin attic and learning about them, I quickly became a convert. Now, I eagerly watch each night as our own little anti-insect armada takes flight over the yard.

    Published on August 8, 2015
  • Lovin’ the lovage

    Lovage, sometimes known as sea parsley, is so obscure nowadays that it can’t be bought at your typical grocery store — but it once enjoyed wide popularity. Let’s discover some of the wonderful things our ancestors, from Nan all the way back to the Caesars of Ancient Rome, have done with this versatile and delicious herb.

    Published on July 11, 2015
  • The secret world of gourmet mushrooms

    There’s a little known secret about expensive gourmet mushrooms like shiitake, blue oyster, white oyster, lion’s mane and others — they grow on sawdust! With a little simple know-how you can grow these delicious mushrooms right in your own home.

    Published on June 13, 2015
  • The Garum Experiment

    How a 2,000-year-old recipe for fish sauce can turn your capelin haul into something exquisite.

    Published on May 16, 2015
  • Roasting your own coffee from green beans

    Roasting your own coffee is both easy and fun to do. Your coffee will be just the way you like it, every time, and you can enjoy it at a fraction of the cost of firing up your Keurig or visiting your local coffee shop

    Published on April 17, 2015
  • How to make your own sea salt

    Salt making has a long history, both globally and locally, and has, at times, been worth more than gold. Yet, today, we import a majority of our salt into the province. For those seeking a greater sense of self-sufficiency, making your own salt is as easy as evaporating a bucket of sea water.

    Published on March 20, 2015
  • Harvesting your own Newfoundland maple syrup

    Maple syrup — the first harvest of Spring. With a few simple tools and a little bit of know-how, you too can enjoy the nectar of the gods, straight from your own backyard.

    Published on February 21, 2015


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