What’s the Farmgirl Sisterhood?
If you’re a member of our online chatroom, The Farmgirl Connection, you’re already chatting with thousands of farmgirls around the world about everything from book reviews to crochet projects to financing a farm to just plain chitchat. But did you know that you can get exclusive farmgirl privileges and specials when you join MaryJane’s Farmgirl Sisterhood? (“Sister” is an endearing term for adult women that MaryJane grew up hearing every day. If you’ve read her books, you’ll know what the Sister thing is all about.)
When you add your name to the Farmgirl Sisterhood list, you’ll receive a consecutive number according to when you signed up (for example, Farmgirl Sisterhood Member #750). Once you’re officially signed up (see below), we’ll mail your official Farmgirl Sisterhood badge depicting an adorable aproned hen, our official logo, ready to wear or embroider, and an official Farmgirl Sisterhood certificate signed by the Queen Bee herself. We also offer for purchase a Sisterhood necklace customized with your unique number. Over on the Farmgirl Connection chatroom, you’ll get a special hexagonal Farmgirl Sisterhood designation by your name. In addition, you’ll start receiving our 70-page bimonthly e-mail newsletter called the “Sister Issue” packed with project ideas, news, and tips; you’ll be eligible for “Members Only” special product offers from MaryJanesFarm; and you can start earning Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badges right away (think Girl Scouts for grown-ups) and post photos and narratives of your projects on our website (braggin’ rights). In other words, you’ll be strutting your farmgirl skills for all the world to see! (More info on Merit Badges below.) Members are also the only ones permitted to mentor Farmerettes (farmgirls-in-training between the ages 14–18) and Young Cultivators (girls and boys between the ages 6–13) and work with them to earn badges. But if you’re not inclined to earn Merit Badges, there are plenty of other benefits to joining up. Whether it’s cooking, stitching, gardening, make-it-yourself projects, going green, cleaning up, or just getting together, you’ll gather with other farmgirls for lots of fun!
The Farmgirl Sisterhood’s official logo is a “badge” in the shape of a hexagon, showing a hen wearing an apron—“Henrietta.”
Now, mind you, Henrietta takes her noble position seriously, so she’s decided she wants some rules about how she will be seen in the world. She wants to make sure her sacred position representing the nobility of the true-blue, dyed-in-the-wool, birds-of-a-feather Farmgirl Sisterhood member won’t be muddied through misuse by those who have a lesser “understanding” or command of honorable farmgirl traits. Henrietta wants to make sure that when Farmgirl Sisters are out-and-about in the world and they see someone with a “Henrietta” logo on her jacket or bag, that she’s the real McCoy.
In order to join the Farmgirl Sisterhood, you must first register as a farmgirl on our Farmgirl Connection chatroom. It’s free to register. Just follow the links. Once you’re registered, you can then purchase your annual Sisterhood membership for $20.
Members will be notified by e-mail or postcard when their year’s membership is about to expire. (If their membership lapses, they’ll lose “their” unique number!) To renew, click here.
And now for the (unfortunately) necessary legalese:
Questions and Answers:
What’s the difference between the Farmgirl Chapter groups and the Farmgirl Sisterhood?
Why a hexagon?
Why a hen?
Why an apron?
What are Farmgirl Merit Badges, and how do I earn them?
Once you’ve earned a badge, all the glorious details will be posted on The Farmgirl Connection. Everyone has to start from “scratch”; no hens get their previous accomplishments “grandmothered in.”
How will I know when Merit Badges have been updated, or when new ones have been added?
What’s a Farmerette?
What’s a Young Cultivator?
Will we ever have get-togethers in different parts of the country to meet each other in person?
You’re Invited ...
... to tea when you join our Farmgirl Sisterhood. Along with all the other privileges and specials just for Sisters, you’ll be able to request these adorable tea party postcard invitations and name tags. (The invitations list where, when, what to wear, and what to bring.) But you have to promise to send us photos of your tea party!
To request your invitations, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating your Sisterhood #, mailing address, and how many invitations you need.