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Want to get back to the basics of raising your own food, cooking from scratch, preserving the harvest, and knowing how to do it yourself? Join 5th generation homesteader, Melissa K. Norris, on the Pioneering Today Podcast where we share how to raise, cook and preserve your own food with old-fashioned skill sets and wisdom for a more natural and self-sufficient home, with, or without, the homestead. We cover heirloom gardening, home food preservation from canning, dehydrating, fermenting, root cellar, and more, traditional cooking skills, organic and natural home and body care recipes, natural health, growing and building your own natural medicine cabinet, foraging, livestock, and everything else you need to build your modern homestead.

Want to get back to the basics of raising your own food, cooking from scratch, preserving the harvest, and knowing how to do it yourself? Join 5th generation homesteader, Melissa K. Norris, on the Pioneering Today Podcast where we share how to raise, cook and preserve your own food with old-fashioned skill sets and wisdom for a more natural and self-sufficient home, with, or without, the homestead. We cover heirloom gardening, home food preservation from canning, dehydrating, fermenting, root cellar, and more, traditional cooking skills, organic and natural home and body care recipes, natural health, growing and building your own natural medicine cabinet, foraging, livestock, and everything else you need to build your modern homestead.
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Want to get back to the basics of raising your own food, cooking from scratch, preserving the harvest, and knowing how to do it yourself? Join 5th generation homesteader, Melissa K. Norris, on the Pioneering Today Podcast where we share how to raise, cook and preserve your own food with old-fashioned skill sets and wisdom for a more natural and self-sufficient home, with, or without, the homestead. We cover heirloom gardening, home food preservation from canning, dehydrating, fermenting, root cellar, and more, traditional cooking skills, organic and natural home and body care recipes, natural health, growing and building your own natural medicine cabinet, foraging, livestock, and everything else you need to build your modern homestead.

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Episodes

Self Sufficient Homesteading Tips for the Long Haul

10/11/2019
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Self sufficient homesteading tips for the long haul from beginning your homestead journey to more experienced. Melissa talks with Anna who started her homesteading journey in a city apartment and in just four years has moved out of the city to their homestead. She shares tips on homesteading while renting, what to look for when purchasing a homestead property and how they're earning an income from their homestead and implementing that. Get the show notes and Anna's free monthly homestead...

Duration:00:52:22

How to Care for Berry Plants in the Fall (to increase next year's harvest)

10/9/2019
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Learn what to do with your berry plants in the fall to increase your harvest next year. How to evaluate overall health and location of the plants, when to move the plants if need be, fertilize and mulching, and more so you have the best berry production next year. For the blog post go to https://melissaknorris.com/205 and to check out the pre-order bonuses on Melissa's newest book The Family Garden Plan: Raise a Year's Worth of Healthy and Sustainably Food go to http://familygardenplan.com/

Duration:00:09:07

Raised Bed Gardening Tips - 9 Things You Need to Know

10/4/2019
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Raised bed gardening tips, we'll discuss the pros and cons of raised beds, which type of soil and crops are best for raised beds, what you need to consider before constructing, weed management and pest/animal solutions with raised beds with Melissa and Jill from the Beginner Gardeners Podcast. Catch Jill's presentation on Raised Bed Gardening inside the free online Organic Gardening Workshop here https://melissaknorris.com/gardenworkshop Full blog post and resources at...

Duration:00:45:08

5 Tips for Organic Pest Control for Vegetable Gardens

10/2/2019
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Learn organic pest control for vegetable gardens. Melissa shares how to identify which organic options is the right one, preventative vs infestation use, plus her two favorite options, one is a powder and one is a spray that are like a swiss army knife (they work for almost every pest) and what you need to look out for when purchasing these to ensure it truly is all natural. Get links and resources at https://melissaknorris.com/203 and snag your seat today for the Organic Gardening Workshop...

Duration:00:18:02

Best Herbal Home Remedies for Cold and Flu

9/27/2019
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Learn how to choose the best herbal home remedies during the cold and flu season for your body. Melissa interviews clinical herbalist Rosalee De La Foret on how to use the 4 components of energetics when you're not feeling well to determine which herb will serve you best. Rosalee shares her best home remedy for a hot fever and one for a fever where you have the chills. She also walks through best herbs for cold and flu use as well as her top 5 herbs to grow in the home garden to stock your...

Duration:01:02:37

What is Organic Gardening & How to Start Using Organic Practices at Home

9/25/2019
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What is organic gardening and how to incorporate these practices into a home garden. Learn what organic gardening actually means, tips on how identify if your soil is organic and steps to take if it's not to get it there. Do you need organic seed and starts? What organic certification requires and why it's not important for home or backyard gardeners but how we can adapt it for our use. Sign up for the free Organic Gardening Workshop here https://melissaknorris.com/gardenworkshop and snag...

Duration:00:15:50

How to Improve Soil for Gardening *Win my families 100-year-old strain of bean seed

9/20/2019
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Healthy garden soil is the foundation of your entire garden. If you get this right, you'll drastically improve your harvest and health of your plants. These tips break down what you need to look at in your soil, where to improve it, and how to improve sandy and clay soil (and how to make it better). PLUS, Melissa is offering a giveaway on seed packets of her family's 100-year-old strain of heirloom Tarheel green pole bean and October bean seed + other goodies in celebration of 200 episodes....

Duration:00:29:10

Plant these Herbal Flowers from Seed Now for Spring

9/18/2019
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A few quick time saving tips on getting your medicinal herbal flowers ready now for next spring. What to do with the flowers you have in the garden this year and how to get a jump start on next spring's herbal flowers, especially those that require seed stratification. Melissa walks you through which plants require seed stratification, her favorite medicinal herbal flowers, and which ones she's adding to the homestead herbal garden and you should consider too! Get today's resources at...

Duration:00:11:22

9 Garden Hacks to do This Fall for a Better Garden Next Year

9/13/2019
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These 9 garden hacks will help you assess this year's garden to increase next year's harvest and give you a clear plan of action to improve your garden to fit you and your families needs. Melissa walks you through how to look at this year's harvest yield, disease, pests, how much time you spent, and more from your garden to decide what to do differently next year. Grab the full post and resources at https://melissaknorris.com/198 Make sure you sign up for the FREE online Organic Gardening...

Duration:00:29:32

5 Tips to Harvest Herbal Flowers for Medicinal Purposes

9/11/2019
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Learn the best time to harvest your herbal flowers for medicinal purposes. Melissa walks you through her favorite top pics for medicinal herbal flowers, how to use all 3 parts of the echinacea, as well as lavender, chamomile, and calendula. You'll get a detailed explanation of what signs to avoid on the blossoms you want to use medicinally and best time of day to harvest. For resources on this episode, including a video, go to https://melissaknorris.com/197 Make sure you get your free seat...

Duration:00:09:56

9 Tips How to Prepare for Emergencies and Winter on the Homestead

9/6/2019
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Learn these 9 tips on how to prepare for winter and emergencies on the homestead now. Melissa walks you through where to start if you're beginning, how to do so without being overwhelmed, and where to build once you have your foundation so you're prepared no matter what winter or other emergencies come your way. For links to the resources and supplies Melissa uses on her homestead go here https://melissaknorris.com/196

Duration:00:36:54

5 Tips to Reduce Liquid Loss in Canning Jars

9/4/2019
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Siphoning, or liquid loss after canning, is common among canning problems. Learn these 5 easy steps to help prevent it and the guidelines for safety (when is too much liquid loss unsafe). What you need to know about headspace, temps, and more in this canning Q&A episode. Snag resources and full blog post at https://melissaknorris.com/195 and sign up for Melissa's free online canning video series with pressure canning at https://melissaknorris.com/pressurecanning

Duration:00:12:50

8 Tips on How to Cure Onions for Winter Storage

8/29/2019
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Learn how to cure onions for long term winter storage, how to pick the best spot for drying, two methods to use for drying your onions (pro's and con's of each) and how long to cure onions before bringing them inside to store for winter. For video and full blog post show notes go to https://melissaknorris.com/194 Make sure you get registered for the FREE upcoming Organic Gardening Workshop now for extra special early bird perks, click here to get on the list

Duration:00:10:57

How to Harvest Onions for Long Term Storage

8/28/2019
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Learn how to harvest onions at the right time for best long term storage, what to do if onions have bolted (flowered), and best type of onions for winter storage on the pantry shelf. For video and full blog post show notes go to https://melissaknorris.com/193 Make sure you get registered for the FREE upcoming Organic Gardening Workshop now for extra special early bird perks, click here to get on the list

Duration:00:11:29

Pole Bean Growing Guide When to Pick for Eating, Shelling & Seed

8/23/2019
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Your pole bean growing guide, we'll go over when to pick pole beans based on the different stages for eating, shelling and seed saving. Troubleshoot common pole bean problems, like blossoms but no beans, hot weather and frosts, and benefits of pole beans vs. bush beans. For pics and full blog post show notes go to https://melissaknorris.com/192 Make sure you get registered for the FREE upcoming Organic Gardening Workshop now for extra special early bird perks, click here to get on the list

Duration:00:14:36

14 Vegetables to Plant in August for Fall Garden Crops

8/22/2019
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Learn what to plant in August for fall and winter garden crops. Melissa breaks how to tailor planting time for your gardening zone and climate, what should be done from seed, and what plants can be put in as seedlings. This is a great way to get as close to year round gardening as possible and have fresh food in the garden even after the frosts settle in. Grab the full list and video at https://melissaknorris.com/191 and make sure you get registered for the FREE upcoming Organic Gardening...

Duration:00:18:24

Canning in Electric Pressure Cookers & Other Pressure Canning Questions

8/15/2019
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Canning in electric pressure cookers and other pressure canning questions. What you NEED to know about using electric pressure cookers as a pressure canner (despite what the manual may say), what to do if the pressure falls, using well water in canners, double stacking jars inside a pressure canner, which pressure canner is best for your stove type, is it safe to use an older pressure canner (how old is too old), and how long do you have to wait between runs (multiple batches) when pressure...

Duration:00:28:57

5 Tips on How to Avoid Overwhelm on the Homestead

8/9/2019
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5 tips on how to avoid overwhelm on the homestead, because let's face it, this old-fashioned way of life, it adds another layer of work and tasks. It's worth it, oh is it worth it, but it's important to make sure we're enjoying the process and not allowing ourselves to get too close to burnout. Melissa and Stacy Lynn Harris share their strategies and tips to avoid being overwhelmed or worse, getting closer to homestead burnout. This episode is brought to you by Melissa's free 4 part pressure...

Duration:00:56:25

Best Way to Water Your Vegetable Garden to Increase Harvest & Eliminate Disease

8/2/2019
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The best ways to water your vegetable garden to help organically increase your harvest yield and eliminate disease, all in the way you water your vegetables! Melissa shares how often to water your vegetables in summer and best techniques for both the plants, ease of implementing, and cost based on what they do on their homestead garden and have found to work the best. Get links to resources and the full written blog post at https://melissaknorris.com/188 also save the date October 2nd, 2019...

Duration:00:17:14

How to Make Money Homesteading

7/26/2019
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How one makes money homesteading, they went from the suburbs to their homestead and earning their living on their homestead in three years time. Melissa talks to Todd from Sustainable Simple Living Family about their main forms of income from their homestead, mistakes they made, how they made the transition, and what to expect when focusing on earning a living solely from your homestead or small farm. Even if you're not planning on earning a full living from your homestead, you'll get...

Duration:00:36:38