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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 ...
 
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I’ve been going through my own hormone health journey since January 2022 and have been working with Dr. Shannyn. I’m so excited to have her on today’s episode of the podcast as she shares her wisdom and knowledge on how to heal our hormones, the steps we can take right now, and why individual testing is so crucial for true healing. For all of the s…
 
If you're looking to raise meat chickens, the next natural step for us modern-day Pioneers is to consider breeding chickens for a sustainable flock. Join me for this podcast with Tom McMurray from Murray McMurray Hatchery to learn what it takes to successfully breed chickens, as well as tips and tricks if you're considering this option, and how the…
 
Sometimes you can do everything right, follow all the correct steps, and still have seed starting problems with your vegetables and flowers. In this post, we're troubleshooting seed starting issues and giving solutions to hopefully kick those seeds starts off in the right direction. I’m also discussing options for what you can do if you haven't sta…
 
For years I have talked about how to become more self-sufficient, but that’s no longer what I’m teaching! Sure, there are still ways to become less reliant on the grocery store, or other stores for our well-being, but I’ve come to realize that focusing more on community sufficiency is the way to go for long-lasting change and greater “self-sufficie…
 
My family is five weeks into owning our own dairy cow and I’m so excited to have Kate from Venison for Dinner on the podcast today. We’re chatting all things dairy cows from the best way to feed them, the various breeds and their milk quality, milking tips, and more! You’ll especially want to check out Kate’s heavy cream drop biscuit recipe! For al…
 
I’m not an alarmist, but I am hearing from some very reliable sources that feed costs are expected to double, maybe even triple by the end of summer. When you hear information like this, it’s important, if you’re able, to stock up now and get your homestead prepared for the possible increase. In this podcast episode I’m sharing my tips and what we’…
 
In this episode of the Pioneering Today Podcast, Rebekah Rhodes and I are discussing all things thyroid health. We both share our individual thyroid journeys as well as some of the things we've done to help heal, as well as what we're doing currently to stay in the best health possible. For all of the show notes and links, visit https://melissaknor…
 
Have you ever heard of a 30-day self-sufficiency challenge? On today's podcast, I'm talking with Carl who, for 30 days, ate only foods he could either grow or source from his own property, or locally to where he lives. This included everything from beverages, fats, seasonings, and more! He even traveled to the ocean to harvest his own sea salt for …
 
It’s been a very busy season here on our homestead with many changes that we're excited about… including a new milk cow! In this podcast you will get to learn about a few of the many projects we’ve been working on, and I'm continuing to tease about a couple of upcoming projects I can't quite divulge yet. This is a departure from my normal podcasts,…
 
Today’s podcast is an interview with Pioneering Today Academy member Erika who lives in Florida (growing zone 9a). She’s looking for tips on growing vegetables in shady spots, crop rotation and reusing soil in raised beds, growing the best herbs for her climate, getting soil tests done for proper amendments, and eliminating diseases naturally. Come…
 
Today’s podcast is an interview with my good friend Michelle who is preparing to sell her five acre homestead. She’s sharing all her best tips for what to do and what NOT to do when planning to sell your home. These tips will come in handy whether you’re looking to sell immediately, or not for a few years. For all of the show notes and links, visit…
 
In this episode, I’m sharing my best tips that I use on a daily and weekly basis to get it all done from work, household chores, homestead chores, and quality family time. Today’s podcast is a coaching call with Pioneering Today Academy member Tami S. who is looking for tips on time management to get all the homesteading things done each week witho…
 
Today’s podcast is a coaching call with Pioneering Today Academy member Stephanie Hester-Rodriguiz. She is moving to a new homestead property and looking for tips for what to do first and how to avoid overwhelm why trying to “do it all” at once. I’m sharing my best time-saving tips, how to avoid costly mistakes, and how to keep moving forward even …
 
Today’s podcast is a coaching call with Pioneering Today Academy member Susan Vesta who is moving to raw land and looking for the best time-saving tips when it comes to establishing new gardens and growing areas. We’re discussing everything from the pros and cons of raised garden beds, soil quality, utilizing the land for perennials, the best time …
 
I shared recently that I’m going to be having to go gluten-free for a while to help regulate some imbalances in my body, which is why today’s podcast is so timely for me! If you're looking to transition (or improve) your gluten-free baking skills, this podcast will be a well of valuable information. Robyn Harrison, from Gluten-Free Baking Courses, …
 
Our family is recovering from COVID and doing very well. In this episode, I’m sharing our experience as well as some of the herbal protocols we followed to help alleviate symptoms and get through the virus. I’m also discussing online censorship and why it’s so important to be able to get the information we all want, when we want it, and decide what…
 
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…
 
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 mel…
 
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.…
 
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 P…
 
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 …
 
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 fellows…
 
I'm chatting with Carrie Wilson discussing everything you need to know about the Homestead Documentary Project. We're discussing what it is, who can benefit from it, where to watch, and where to find more info. You won’t want to miss this episode filled with the desire to connect fellow (or aspiring) homesteaders to other like-minded people. For mo…
 
We live in a very rural area and experience power outages on a regular basis, especially during the winter months. Over the past 22 years, we've learned how to use a generator during a power outage, plus some great things to consider when using a generator or considering the best way for you to know how to use a generator at home. I’m also sharing …
 
What if you couldn't get medicine from the store? What would you do? We're discussing different options for alternative medicines, like growing and using medicinal herbs at home, as well as supply and supply issues with our modern medicinal system. For more information, links and shownotes visit melissaknorris.com/324.…
 
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