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.
EP: 419 GMO Seeds & The Recent Changes You Need to Be Aware Of
For the first time ever, genetically modified seeds have been made available to the common gardener for home use. I’ve been hearing from many home gardeners how excited they are to grow this new variety of tomato in their home garden, which to be honest, surprises me. Which makes me wonder if everyone knows exactly what GMO seeds are, and if we ought to be concerned? In today’s podcast, I’m diving into the nitty gritty of what classifies a seed as GMO, or Hybrid, or F1 Hybrid. I’m also explaining self-pollination, open-pollination and what you need to know as a home-gardener to successfully seed save. But more importantly, I want to discuss the place of GMO seeds in the home-garden. For more information and any links mentioned in this episode, visit melissaknorris.com/419.
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EP: 418 What You NEED to Know About Bug Out Bags
Are you under the impression that you live in a pretty secure area, free of threats from natural disasters or wide-spread emergencies? I invite you to listen to today’s podcast and you may reconsider just how prepared you and your family are. Emergencies happen in the blink of an eye, and if you’re not ready, they can be catastrophic. Join me with Jeff Anderson from Warrior Life as he shares his knowledge of being prepared and how to pack a “bug out bag” (also known as a “go bag”). He’ll share what must-haves each bag needs, plus some items to avoid. Grab his FREE class here: melissaknorris.com/warrior-life-workshop. For more information and any links mentioned in this episode, visit melissaknorris.com/418.
EP: 417 Don't Wait! Planning Your Medicinal Herb Garden
Now is the time to be thinking about your medicinal herb gardens. When planning to stock your herbal medicine cabinets, the planning starts well before harvest. Whether you’re growing your own medicinal herbs, just getting started with an herb garden, or purchasing herbs, tinctures, or other herbal remedies already made, now is the time to plan to stock up for the year. Come listen to this episode as I share my tips on how to plan, buy seeds, starts or cuttings, or purchase products from trusted and reputable sources. For more information and any links mentioned in this episode, visit melissaknorris.com/417. To grab the Medicinal Herb Garden e-book go here
EP: 416 Truth About Meat Labels & Regenerative Farming with White Oak Pastures
With meat labeling laws being changed right before our eyes, it's getting harder and harder to trust where our meat is coming from, and how it was raised and processed. Will Harris and his daughter Jenni from White Oak Pastures share the steps consumers can take to regain control over the food industry. For more information and any links mentioned in this episode, visit melissaknorris.com/416.
EP: 415 The Gut-Brain Connection w/ Dr. Mayor
Let's dive into the gut-brain connection and how to improve our gut for better overall health and wellness. If you've been around here for any length of time, you know we discuss the importance of our gut health. 70-80% of our gut health is located in our gut. So what we eat, food-wise, not only affects our digestion and overall health, but our immune system. The amazing thing is that it goes beyond our immune system because it impacts the way our brain communicates with all the other systems in our body. For more information and any links mentioned in this episode, visit melissaknorris.com/415.
EP: 414 Health Update & the Need for Margin in Our Lives
This week I’m sharing my health update (post surgery) as well as my battle with a 35 day virus(es). I’m also sharing my need for margin, and some of the health changes I’m making in 2024. If you find yourself nearing burnout, don’t wait until it finally happens to make necessary changes in your life. This is so important not only for mental health, but our physical health as well. For more information and any links mentioned in this episode, visit melissaknorris.com/414.
Keep an open mind
Melissa your pod cast is full of information, fun stories and interviews. You try to keep you heart open with you listeners and share your journey with others and that I am grateful for. I have never been a religious person but I do see my self as a spiritual person. Even though I don’t practice in Christianity I appreciate your versus of the week. I wish others who listened that have not cared for that part give those words a a listen and take those good words into being a good person and not take you down. Keep up the amazing job.
Great fun and learn a lot
I enjoy Melissa and the topics she discusses. Encourged me to start cooking more from scratch and getting to my local community. I can homestead where I am. I am enjoying learning about gardening and preservation. I am still wokeing on it. But every step counts. Thank you! Your excitement to teach comes through and even my husband loves to listen with me. Look forward to every episode.
I like the content of this podcast that Jill puts out, but I would become a much more regular listener if she used better equipment for recording audio. Something to consider! I also appreciate her using her platform to read God’s word and share the Gospel.