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Pioneering Today is all about getting back to basics, simple living, and self-sufficiency with old-fashioned skills and wisdom in a modern world. With heirloom gardening, canning, preserving the harvest, from scratch cooking, raising your own food, including livestock (backyard chickens, pigs, and cattle), natural medicine, herbs, DIY like soap making along with living a simple self-sufficient life, no matter where you live. Hosted by 5th generation homesteader, Melissa K. Norris, author of The Made-from-Scratch Life. This podcast brings you the conversation from MelissaKNorris.com and The Pioneering Today Academy, with Q&A's, teaching, tutorials, and always giving you practical ways and tips to live the simple and self-sufficient life.

Pioneering Today with Melissa K. Norris melissa@melissaknorris.com (melissa@melissaknorris.com)

    • Home & Garden
    • 4.7 • 35 Ratings

Pioneering Today is all about getting back to basics, simple living, and self-sufficiency with old-fashioned skills and wisdom in a modern world. With heirloom gardening, canning, preserving the harvest, from scratch cooking, raising your own food, including livestock (backyard chickens, pigs, and cattle), natural medicine, herbs, DIY like soap making along with living a simple self-sufficient life, no matter where you live. Hosted by 5th generation homesteader, Melissa K. Norris, author of The Made-from-Scratch Life. This podcast brings you the conversation from MelissaKNorris.com and The Pioneering Today Academy, with Q&A's, teaching, tutorials, and always giving you practical ways and tips to live the simple and self-sufficient life.

    Use This Method for Drying Herbs for Stronger Medicinal Properties

    Use This Method for Drying Herbs for Stronger Medicinal Properties

    We're bringing in the harvest and that means herbs for the spice and medicine cabinet. Use these methods and tips to make sure you're getting the strongest medicinal properties in your herbs including the best harvest time, drying method, AND storing them correctly. Join my FREE live Using Herbs Effectively & Safely During Cold & Flu Season here https://melissaknorris.com/herbclass and get resource links for this episode at https://melissaknorris.com/273

    • 23 min
    A Complete Guide to Home Food Preservation (What to do When You Can't Find Canning Supplies)

    A Complete Guide to Home Food Preservation (What to do When You Can't Find Canning Supplies)

    Using all the forms of food preservation provides you with a lot more food to eat throughout the fall and winter and also means you're not left with mounds of molding produce if you can't get canning supplies. Some foods are better suited to specific forms of food preservation due to safety and others on how you like to cook/eat them. For links/resources/recipes go to https://melissaknorris.com/272

    • 39 min
    9 Things We're Doing Now for Fall COVID 2nd Wave Potential

    9 Things We're Doing Now for Fall COVID 2nd Wave Potential

    Here's what we're doing to be ready for fall/winter, whatever it may bring. It's a little bit different than what we've done in the past, but many of these practices are ones we'll keep up as a permanent part of our homestead. Grab all the links and resources for today's episode https://melissaknorris.com/271 

    • 30 min
    I've Never Been This Real the Emotional Part of Raising Livestock

    I've Never Been This Real the Emotional Part of Raising Livestock

    I've never shared like this before on a podcast, warning, you will hear me cry. But it's important that anyone raising animals knows what to expect, the emotional side of livestock (including butcher day though this story is about the birth of a calf the mother rejected and what unfolded), along with my personal story of losing a baby due to a tubal pregnancy. My goal is you will find beauty among the hard and be left with hope. 

    • 32 min
    6 Healthy Benefits of Mushrooms You Need to Know for Fall

    6 Healthy Benefits of Mushrooms You Need to Know for Fall

    The health benefits of mushrooms are vast and when you consider you can easily grow them at home, it gets even more exciting. Ever since I found healing from stomach acid and ulcers by changing the food I ate (after being on the max dose of prescription medications) I've continued down the rabbit hole of using our food and herbs as medicine. Learn the benefits & how to preserve mushrooms at home for year-round use. Links & resources at https://melissaknorris.com/269

    • 38 min
    How to Grow Mushrooms at Home for Food

    How to Grow Mushrooms at Home for Food

    Learning how to grow mushrooms at home opens up an entirely new world for food production (as well as medicine) in your backyard. You can grow different types of mushrooms in a variety of locations in your backyard and garden. We'll go over the 3 types of growing mediums and which mushrooms do best in each with Mary Ellen from Field and Forrest. For resources, pics and show notes https://melissaknorris.com/268

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

firefliesandmasonjars ,

Informative and uplifting

I listen to your episodes daily and always learn so much. You have helped me gain the confidence to start small steps to becoming self sufficient even with my busy schedule and your positivity is contagious! Thank you!

saturnagirl ,

Thoughtful and insightful

Thank you Melissa! I learn so much from your podcasts. I listen to you every morning (thank goodness for your many episodes!) while I’m doing my weight training. I find it the perfect cure for a restless mind. They keep me interested and engaged- much gratitude.

Ashley @ Adventure To Anywhere ,

Your Pioneer Fairy Godmother

I never miss an episode of Melissa’s podcast. There is always something to learn and her topics are always so timely and relevant. I began listening years ago when I was still living in town - and now that I’m finally on my homestead, I feel so grateful to have learned so many things from Melissa. Please never stop sharing your wisdom!

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