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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)

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    • 4.8 • 576 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.

    The Science of Food Preservation

    The Science of Food Preservation

    There are several different methods for food preservation, and in this episode of the Pioneering Today Podcast, we are going to cover what mechanisms are at play for nine of these methods. Not all forms of food preservation are appropriate for every food, so it’s important to have a good understanding of what is happening during food preservation in order to know which method to use. For more information, visit http://melissaknorris.com/307

    • 26 min
    Homesteading Myths Busted

    Homesteading Myths Busted

    When we’re dreaming of an ideal homestead, it’s true that many of us picture acreage with a beautiful log cabin tucked in the treeline, or a huge farmhouse with every upgrade imaginable. But does that mean without those things you can’t homestead? Absolutely not! I’m dispelling the most commonly believed homesteading myths in today’s podcast. To read them all and to grab the show notes and links mentioned, visit http://melissaknorris.com/306.

    • 32 min
    How to Grow Food YEAR ROUND Using Covers (Both Hot & Cold Weather) with Nikki Jabour

    How to Grow Food YEAR ROUND Using Covers (Both Hot & Cold Weather) with Nikki Jabour

    We’re talking about how to grow food year-round using covers. Most often, people think of growing under cover for colder climates, but this method actually works for helping grow your garden in the heat of summer, too. Niki Jabbour, author of Year Round Gardening: Growing Under Cover and SavvyGardener.com and I are discussing all things gardening and chatting about methods for extending your growing season to all four seasons. Grab the show notes and links mentioned at http://melissaknorris.com/305.

    • 47 min
    Foolproof Methods When Garden Overwhelm Sets In (Jessica Sowards of Roots & Refuge)

    Foolproof Methods When Garden Overwhelm Sets In (Jessica Sowards of Roots & Refuge)

    In today's episode, I'm talking with Jessica Soward from Roots & Refuge Farm and we're discussing foolproof methods that you need to build into your gardening plan. When gardening overwhelm sets in, having these methods available means there's less stress to be had! Grab the show notes and links mentioned at https://melissaknorris.com/304

    • 44 min
    Buying Homestead Property - What You Must Know

    Buying Homestead Property - What You Must Know

    If you’re considering buying land and starting a homestead, or even moving an existing homestead to a new property, this podcast is one you'll want to tune into to learn what to look for and things to be aware of BEFORE you buy. Today's episode is with Cathy Paine, who I interviewed all about raising American Guinea Hogs, and she's chatting with me, sharing all her insight into what you need to know when buying a homestead.  For more information and shownotes visit http://melissaknorris.com/303

    • 40 min
    Cut Back on Garden Diseases & Maximize Your Infrastructure Expansion (Don't Waste Time or Money)

    Cut Back on Garden Diseases & Maximize Your Infrastructure Expansion (Don't Waste Time or Money)

    In today’s Pioneering Today Podcast (episode #302), did you struggle with diseased plants in your garden last year? Want to expand the garden but need to make sure you're maximizing your efforts? I’m talking with Christine, a homesteader in Northern Michigan who is looking for gardening advice as she and her husband expand their garden, add structures like high tunnels and trellises, and learn how to protect their garden from common diseases. For more information & show notes visit melissaknorris.com/30

    • 53 min

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576 Ratings

576 Ratings

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Love this podcast!

I always learn something new about canning or gardening. Thanks for sharing you knowledge with us.

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Love the Podcast!

Thank you for sharing all your information. Even if I know some of the content already, I really enjoy listening and getting the confirmation! Love the verse at the end! Here was mine today: “Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭. So don’t quit sharing!

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