Hi! My name is Lisa and this is my personal blog about faith, homesteading, herbs and animals, all of which go hand-in-hand for me. I am a writer so this blogging thing comes natural even if I have been a little inconsistent about posting here; my writing takes me in many directions. But I am hoping to become a little more consistent with my postings because it has been others’ personal blogs that have kept me motivated and continue to keep me motivated through life, that incite and inspire me to excellence. I hope that mine will inspire you in a similar fashion.
What credentials do I bring to this table? Well, I am an ordained minister so that should take care of the “faith” part of this blog. And, if you are non-believer, that’s okay but please don’t expect me to refrain from giving credit where its due when I praise God for life’s many blessings. I am not using this blog to preach at anybody; I am sharing my experiences in the hopes that you may benefit from them in some way…or at least be entertained! I am also a homesteader though I am not your typical homesteader in that the animals that I raise here are not and will never be raised for meat. I raise animals for eggs, dairy, fiber (for spinning and weaving), honey, free fertilizer, pest and predator control (depending on species) and, above all, companionship. I am a pesco-vegetarian (vegetarian + fish) and, while I know that a vastly larger portion of the population does eat meat, I simply could never raise an animal, to care for it everyday, knowing that it will one day wind up in the freezer. It would shred me to the core. I love animals with a passion that most people find a little extreme, perhaps, but that is my way. Actually, that statement takes care of both the homesteading and the animal parts. Lastly, I am an herbalist. I studied and received my certification from Michael Ford and Joanne Pacheco of Apollo Herbs in Rhode Island in 2007. And I continue to be inspired and influenced by the legacy of Juliette de Bairacli Levy, Susun Weed, Rosemary Gladstar, Michael and Lesley Tierra, James Green and Tasha Tudor. There are many who poo-poo the effectiveness of herbs. Like the frequent references to Christ that will pepper my posts, I don’t ask you to believe as I do when it comes to herbs but I do ask that you respect what I share in this blog. To paraphrase Juliette de Bairacli Levy in her autobiography, “Juliette of the Herbs” (1996), when you learn something new about an herb or discover a new remedy that helps, you want to share it. This sharing is for informational purposes only. This blog is not intended to treat, diagnose or replace in any way modern methods of healing. They are simply what work for me.
The Herbal Hare is the name of my homestead. It is also the name of a new company I am developing for herbal, apian and hand-spun fiber products. This company is in the very fledgling stages of development; it may be awhile before you see postings about products being available for purchase but check back often! The Herbal Hare will also be, hopefully, both a magazine and an e-zine.
God bless you and keep you!