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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 Melissa K Norris

    • Leisure
    • 4.7 • 47 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.

    Homesteading with Children with Rebekah Rhodes

    Homesteading with Children with Rebekah Rhodes

    If homesteading and gardening are hard work, then homesteading and gardening with children can seem downright impossible! We're taking a realistic look at what homesteading with children looks like and how to succeed with guest Rebekah Rhodes. Everything from how to get children involved, setting your kids up for success, living each day with grace, and changing expectations. For more information, links, and show notes visit https://melissaknorris.com/332

    • 54 min
    Raising Pigs for Meat with “Pork” Rhyne Cureton

    Raising Pigs for Meat with “Pork” Rhyne Cureton

    Learning how to raise pigs for meat is a great option for any homestead or farm wanting to become more self-sustainable. But choosing the breed and tailoring the care takes a bit of know-how. Join me for this podcast interview with "Pork" Rhyne Cureton as he shares his best tips on raising pigs. For more information, links, and show notes visit melissaknorris.com/331.

    • 50 min
    New Gardening Techniques & Varieties to Grow in 2022

    New Gardening Techniques & Varieties to Grow in 2022

    What new gardening techniques and plant varieties am I growing in this year's garden? Listen to this podcast to find out what's been working and what I'm changing this year including plant varieties, seed companies, and why I’m looking closer to home. For more information, links, and show notes visit melissaknorris.com/330.

    • 29 min
    Looking Back at 2021 & Forward to 2022

    Looking Back at 2021 & Forward to 2022

    In this episode I'm looking back at the year (2021), sharing some of my favorite takeaways and even sharing future plans for 2022. I’m covering topics from decluttering month by month, breeding cows, ordering chicks, whether we’ll be hosting more in-person workshops on our homestead next year, and how I’m partnering with The Homestead Documentary Project. For more information, links, and show notes visit melissaknorris.com/329.

    • 34 min
    The Link Between Bees & Plant Medicine

    The Link Between Bees & Plant Medicine

    Today’s podcast is with Kaylee Richardson from The Honeystead and we’re discussing all the links between beekeeping and plant medicine, including the medicinal benefits of honey, pollen, propolis, beeswax, and even what plants are best to plant for honeybees. If you’ve ever considered owning honeybees, this podcast will make you want to go out and get them right now. For more information, links, and show notes visit melissaknorris.com/328.

    • 51 min
    How to Host a Holiday Craft Party

    How to Host a Holiday Craft Party

    Give heartfelt homemade gifts this year and build fellowship at the same time by hosting your own holiday craft party! Listen in for all my tips and DIYs for the ultimate crafting day to fill your home and heart with joy while deepening friendships and building community. If there’s anything the last couple of years have taught us it’s that fellowship and spending time together are so important. For more information, links, and show notes visit melissaknorris.com/327.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Ld2999 ,

Great podcast for beginner gardeners!

Love your podcast Melissa! Your passion comes through and I love that you stay true to who you are. I’m not extremely religious myself, but I truly believe that everyone should be able to express whatever their beliefs are without worry of offending someone. Unfortunately there’s not much left of free speech anymore and people are offended by everything! Keep doing what you’re doing!! You’re very inspiring

Karmm88 ,

Helpful by the plenty

I just finished hearing episode 300 today and as always you had many helpful tips and information and as I am a new learner to homesteading I’m so thankful to have found you. The end of today’s episode moved me to write a review as I hardly ever do, let me just say I’m not part of any religion and as it’s your podcast you can say and do what you choose and it’s up to me to choose to listen or not but just because I don’t follow your religion doesn’t mean I’m gonna just leave a negative review because of it. I like your podcast and I’m still here, I don’t mind your verse at the end. Don’t lose yourself because of the negatives you are doing an amazing job as a teacher and I’m gonna be here learning.

THC CBD ,

So helpful

This young woman has a gift for sharing her ways of living a much healthier way Thank you.thank you so much for your biblical thoughts God be with you

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