In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Melissa Norris, the host of "The Pioneer Today" podcast about how you can turn your gardening efforts into a homesteading and self sufficiency lifestyle.
Melissa is a 5th generation homesteader that raises 100% of her own meat and 75% of her own fruits & vegetables. She is going to share with us her journey into the world of self sufficiency and some of the challenges along the way.
You are going to learn about how it is more a mindset rather then space requirements, how heirlooms play a vital role in self sufficiency and regardless of experience level you already have to skill set necessary to get your homesteading and self sufficiency ball rolling.
I'm just a plain country girl who loves Jesus, playing in the dirt, stuffing food into Mason jars (after I wash my hands of course), and hunting down as many traditional old-fashioned skills as I can to put into use on our homestead.
Occasionally I chase down a chicken and I've been known to wrangle a cow or two back into the pasture when they get the hankering to leave our field.
We live on 14.96 acres in the foothills of the North Cascade mountain range of Washington state. We raise 100% of our own meat from our organic grass fed beef (holler to the sturdy white faced brown Herefords), a flock of hens for fresh eggs, meat chickens we butcher ourselves, and organic pork (cuz you haven't eaten bacon until you've had home grown).
I'm a 5th generation homesteader who married a city boy… but that city boy quickly became a country boy and turned into a bonafide farmer when he moved to our family property. With our two children we believe in keeping the old ways alive, that our food shouldn't come in boxed packages with ingredient lists a mile long you can't pronounce. We still grow and seed save the same strain of heirloom Tarheel green pole beans my family has been cultivating for over 100 years, because there's some things worth saving.