Pioneering Today with Melissa K. Norris

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Melissa K. Norris found her own little house in the big woods, where she lives with her husband and two children in the Cascade Mountains. Her goal is to help you implement the best of the pioneer lifestyle into your modern one. She hopes you’ll be inspired to grow your own food, cook real traditional food, increase your home food storage, consider livestock, and drawer closer in your relationship with Jesus. 

She is the author of Pioneering Today-Faith and Home the Old Fashioned Way, and Pioneering Today-A Homemade Christmas.

You can visit Melissa’s website here.

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Pioneering Today: Creating a Budget

podcastbudgetAugust 29, 2014 – Tips for creating a budget if you’re tired of stressing on money. Plus, money saving tips to help now and help you up your preparedness game.

Pioneering Today: Pressure Can Like a Pro

Pioneering Today: PresureCanProAugust 22, 2014:

Pioneering Today: Planting a Fall Garden

PodcastFallgardeningAugust 8, 2014: To harvest vegetables throughout the fall, you need to sow them at the end of summer. Most cool weather crops need to be planted 6 week before your last hard frost date.

We discuss cool weather crops to plant from seed and which ones to use transplants or seedlings.

Pioneering Today: How to Make Homemade Jams and Jellies like a Pro

Pioneering Today:  IMG_1209August 1, 2014:  Learn how to make homemade jams and jellies.

  • Which berries make the best jellies
  • Which berries need added acidity
  • Forms of acidity to add to jams and jellies
  • Form of natural pectin
  • How to make low sugar or honey variations

Pioneering Today: 10 Tips for Organic Gardening Pest Control

July 25, 2014:  In this episode we discuss how to garden organically at home with 10 different tips covering pest control and soil amendments.

• Organic composting

• Organic fertilize options

• Infestation pest control

• Keeping large animals out

Pioneering Today: 6 Ways to Preserve Food at Home

Preserved vegetable on a wooden tableJuly 18, 2014: In this episode we discuss how to preserve food at home using:

• Canning

• Dehydrating

• Root cellar and cold storage

• Freezing

• Salt Curing

• Alcohol and Oil

Get your free copy of the Ultimate Home Food Preservation Resource Guide here!

Pioneering Today: Raising Backyard Chickens for Meat, Part 2

PodcastRaisingBackyardChickensforMeatJuly 11, 2014:  In this episode we share what to consider and expect when raising backyard chickens for meat. We’ll go over:

• Which breeds are best for meat

• Where to get your chickens

• How long before they’re at butchering age

• Step by step process of butchering your chickens

• Cost breakdown

Pioneering Today: How to Raise Backyard Chickens

BackyardchickensJune 27, 2014: In this episode you’ll learn how to become self-sustainable by raising your own laying hens.






  • How to care for chicks
  • Where to get chicks
  • How to get laying hens
  • Ways to keep chickens free ranging
  • How to protect free ranging chickens from predators
  • Advantages of chicken tractors
  • How to keep your feed bill down
  • What to expect from free ranging chickens
  • Tips for cleaning eggs
  • Ways to preserve eggs without electricity

How to tell if an egg is good or bad

Pioneering Today: How to Direct Sow Your Garden

PodcastDirectsowJune 20, 2014:  In this episode we discuss the importance of knowing how to direct sow your garden seed and having heirloom seed. We’ll discuss:

  • When to plant your summer garden
  • Which seeds to soak overnight
  • What direct sow method means
  • What germination means
  • When not to plant certain seeds
  • When you should not soak your seeds
  • Which vegetables you shouldn’t direct sow
  • Definition of growing season
  • Companion Planting
  • How to keep birds from pulling out your new starts
  • Crop rotation, what it is, and tips for your garden