Has the homesteading movement finally peaked?

In this episode of the Thriving Farmer Podcast, Michael explores this question and more with Melissa K. Norris who is a fifth-generation homesteader, author and educator in Washington state. Melissa inspires and guides thousands of fellow homesteaders through her website, podcast, and books on creating a self-sustaining home and kitchen to help further preserve the old ways of farm-to-table living. 

Tune in to hear about the transformational power of sustainable living and the value of a supportive homesteading community. 

Episode Highlights:

  • Five Generations: More on Melissa’s family history in homesteading [1:05]
  • Health Challenges: The Impact of Food Choices on Health and Holistic Living [7:59]
  • Sharing with Others: About Melissa’s journey to educating others [15:21]
  • Homestead Living: Learn about the magazine Melissa co-founded [17:45]
  • Community Sufficiency: Melissa’s take on the importance of community [21:14]
  • Spousal Support: Getting the Spouse on Board with Homesteading [32:38]
  • Inspiring Others: Melissa’s advice to a new or aspiring homesteaders [42:16]

Melissa K. Norris helps hundreds of thousands of people each month raise their own food and create a homemade and homegrown kitchen, home, garden and barnyard through her website, popular Pioneering Today Podcast, the Pioneering Today Academy and her books. She is a co-founder of the Modern Homesteading Conference as well as owner of Norris Farmstead.

Melissa is a 5th generation homesteader and lives with her husband and two kids in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. 

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