#44 – How To Run A ‘Made From Scratch’ Homestead With Melissa K Norris

“For 18 years my husband and I both worked day jobs off the farm…so we had to have systems in place to still be able to farm and to raise as much of our food as we possibly could”

Melissa K Norris is a 5th generation homesteader, a mother, an author, a podcaster and an incredible wealth of experience and information on how to thrive living close to the land.

Listen in to our interview with her to hear:

  • An invaluable insider look into her farm, routine and life
  • How she prepares her family’s food for the week on a Sunday
  • Her hard and fast rules for her kids and food
  • Her insight onto the many ways to earn income from your farm (I promise there’ll be ones in here you’ve never thought of!)
  • And how she does it all…including being able to look like she hasn’t just come off a farm when she actually has!

This interview is chock full of gems that’ll fill out your knowledge, make your life easier and make you smile.

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The Run Down:

  • Keeping chickens warm in winter
  • Preserving eggs, her trick for freezing and freeze-drying
  • Storing stuff around her house
  • Braiding garlic
  • How does she always look so good?!
  • Her set up and routine on the farm
  • Everyday tasks in Melissa’s home
  • Melissa’s cooking routine
  • Kids, balance and 80/20
  • Multiple ways to generate income on a farm
  • How charging people allows them to get value from what you do
  • Melissa’s new book: Everything Worth Preserving

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Melissa’s books can be found in the ‘Our Guests Books’ section of our online bookstore.

Melissa’s new book Everything Worth Preserving

Melissa on Instagram

Thank you for listening – we’d love to continue the conversation.

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Andrea is at Farm and Hearth

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Original Music, Episode Mixing and Post-Production by Robert Michael Kay

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