264 episodes

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
    • 4.8, 352 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.

    7 Things We'll Never Go Back to Since COVID19

    7 Things We'll Never Go Back to Since COVID19

    It's been five months since the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. There are many changes that have taken place. Some which will remain going forward and some that I'm glad won't be permanent. The pandemic certainly changed a lot of things for almost everybody. How people view those changes depends on how they look at life. These are 7 things (some surprised me) that we're keeping as permanent changes in our lives. Resources and blog post at https://melissaknorris.com/267 

    • 32 min
    11 Tips to Get Rid of Bugs on Plants Naturally that Actually Work

    11 Tips to Get Rid of Bugs on Plants Naturally that Actually Work

    There's nothing more frustrating than having bugs or other garden pests decimate your vegetables. Unfortunately, there's a lot of myths or suggestions to use synthetic pesticides. These are the tips that have actually worked in my garden. This way you can have delicious organic vegetables from your backyard without sharing them with pests. Snag links and resources at https://melissaknorris.com/266 Get your copy of the Family Garden Plan to grow a year's worth of vegetables http://familygardenplan.com

    • 21 min
    Tips for a Successful Fall Garden & When to Plant for Fall Harvest

    Tips for a Successful Fall Garden & When to Plant for Fall Harvest

    Have fresh veggies all fall and into winter straight from the garden (and no greenhouse required) with these tips for a fall garden. The first year or two I tried fall gardening it didn't turn out so well, but now we harvest many plants clear through until January, even in our northern climate. For the full planting list with dates go to https://melissaknorris.com/265 Get the chart (and my book) on how much to plant per person at http://familygardenplan.com

    • 23 min
    Most Underused Form of Poultry for Income & Sustainability on the Homestead

    Most Underused Form of Poultry for Income & Sustainability on the Homestead

    Learn about this sustainable form of poultry to use on the homestead and how it's vastly underused today. How to put geese to use on your homestead both to work the land and how to make INCOME from them in multiple ways. Join me and Morgan Gold as we talk about ducks and geese on the homestead for livestock but also as a way to make money. Resources/show notes https://melissaknorris.com/264

    • 43 min
    Tips for Butchering a Year's Worth of Chicken in 2 Hours

    Tips for Butchering a Year's Worth of Chicken in 2 Hours

    We raised and butchered a year's worth of meat birds for our family of 4 in 2 hours. The actual butchering took 2 hours, but the setup, clean up, and packaging were longer. I walk you through our process and tips we've gleaned over the years of raising our own meat birds. For step-by-step photos go to https://melissaknorris.com/263

    • 30 min
    How to Make Fruit Vinegar at Home with 1 Ingredient

    How to Make Fruit Vinegar at Home with 1 Ingredient

    You'll want to make sure you're turning some of that fresh summer fruit into this easy homemade vinegar that uses only, are you ready for this, 1 ingredient!! This is the easiest food preservation and fermenting you'll ever do. Learn how, troubleshooting, and favorite ways to put that homemade vinegar to use with my guest Autumn (and what I've been doing wrong). To get a printable recipe & show notes go to https://melissaknorris.com/262 

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
352 Ratings

352 Ratings

JBradKilpatrick ,

Great Podcast

I really enjoy the podcast and the uplifting, positive attitude that Melissa brings to it. It’s very informative and educational. I also enjoy and appreciate the Scripture.

Scott1959aug ,

Great show

I love this show so much information, have learned much from it and am putting some of the stuff I am putting into practice. Thanks for a great show!

Jen Polanic ,

Best homesteading podcast out theee

As a former city girl my whole life, I intentionally moved to a rural area as an adult for a more homesteading way of life for moral, health, and personal reasons. Melissa’s podcast has been the most important, informative, supportive podcast I have ever found to encourage me in this lifestyle! Just do yourself a favor and subscribe now!!

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