Pioneering Today with Melissa K. Norris show

Pioneering Today with Melissa K. Norris

Summary: 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 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.

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 7 Things We'll Never Go Back to Since COVID19 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:11

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 

 11 Tips to Get Rid of Bugs on Plants Naturally that Actually Work | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:24

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 Get your copy of the Family Garden Plan to grow a year's worth of vegetables

 Tips for a Successful Fall Garden & When to Plant for Fall Harvest | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:43

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 Get the chart (and my book) on how much to plant per person at

 Most Underused Form of Poultry for Income & Sustainability on the Homestead | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:11

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

 Tips for Butchering a Year's Worth of Chicken in 2 Hours | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:31

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

 How to Make Fruit Vinegar at Home with 1 Ingredient | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:09

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 

 3 Tips for Time Management & My Homestead Schedule | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:44

One of the questions I get asked the most is how do you manage to get so much done with work and a homestead? Today I'm sharing the truth about balance, seasons, and the fallacy of doing it all. I also give tips on how I've learned to keep the homestead functioning while still working a full-time job (including a day job off the homestead) and what my current schedule looks like. For links/resource  Get The Family Garden Plan HTTP:// 

 10 Things Most Organic Gardeners Forget About | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:04

Learn the 10 things most organic gardeners forget about to help you grow more food in the space you have, even if it’s not ideal full sun! Nicky and Dave live in a very urban environment & using the concept of permaculture and a food forest share first-hand experience in growing in a smaller urban space. Resources and links Grow &  harvest a years worth of food

 Integrating New Chicks to Existing Flocks Q&A Chicken Raising | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:46

Learn how to integrate new chicks into existing flocks, plus, all your questions on mixing meat birds with laying hens and how to keep dual-purpose chickens. Common mistakes you NEED to avoid for the health of your chickens and what to do if your chicken is being bullied by the rest of the flock. Resources at 

 7 Self-sufficiency and Simple Living Lessons from the Amish | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:17

Even without going Amish, we can glean a lot from their lifestyle to help us live more self-sufficient and simple with these 7 tips. Learn how one company has helped preserve the Amish way of life while coming full circle and offering Amish and homesteading tools to the public. Episode resources at Go to from May 22 to June 30, 2020 to receive 10% off any order $50 or more. Enter code PIONEER at checkout.

 5 Garden Elements You Need to Add for Relaxation and Functionality | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:26

While a productive garden is the goal, they should also be a place of sanctuary and beauty. Adding in these elements (even if you battle with shade) or small spaces, can bring you more joy in the garden, something we all could use more of, including weed suppression tips. For resource Join the Pioneering Today Academy now for your step-by-step plan to raise and preserve your own food

 10 Tips on Raising Chickens for Meat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:10

What you need to know to raise chickens for meat, including what breed is best, where to purchase, how much food they need, butcher age, and what you need to do differently with meat birds to avoid early death or leg problems. Links and resources at Snag your free seat in my newest live class here How to Plan Your Crops & Harvest for a Year's Worth of Food

 8 Common Mistakes Made by New Gardeners | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:11

These 8 common mistakes made by new gardeners are easy to avoid once you know what they are and though common with new gardeners, even us veteran gardeners may be making some of them! Resources and links at Free seat for the Organic Gardening Workshp over 6 days of videos walking you through growing your own vegetables in your backyard.

 12 Non-Food Essentials to Always Have on Hand | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:28

These are non-food items to keep on hand at all times with tips to make sure you have what you need to run your home and homestead smoothly, from the vehicles, equipment and the cleaner/medicine cabinet. I share my favorites & where I get them. For resources, recipes, and guides go to Learn how to make homemade soap, herbal salves/ointments, beeswax candles and more

 13 Pantry Items to Always Have on Hand | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:52

These are the 13 pantry items I always have on hand and the amounts I'm now keeping as a bare minimum since COVID19. Having these items on hand ensures you can make a number of different foods for your family, no matter what is or isn't going on in the world. For links and resources go to 100+ of my best from-scratch recipes inside Hand Made


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