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Behappy Posted - Mar 18 2013 : 11:32:01 AM
When I first saw my first MaryJaneFarms Magazine, probably three years ago, I was also drawn to the cover. But with that, there was so much more when you open the magazine. The pictures, the stories, the recipes. I get my magazine and sit in a quiet place and read it from cover to cover. Sometimes more than once as it takes me back to old memories, or how I will continue to grow in the wonders of beauty that surround me, as the pictures carry me away.

I have just recently joined, and this is the first time I have posted anything. (I hope it works!) Who knows, I might even be inspired to start a blog? :)
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Earthstone Posted - Jan 07 2016 : 8:02:03 PM
I was intrigued by the quality of the photography and art when I first saw Mary Jane's Farm. Full of interesting, useful information, it is a fascinating look into what other people do in life. I would like to see more interesting home arts in the magazine! I grow a vegetable garden every summer and after many years could still learn more about starting plants indoors (yes, I need a greenhouse...!)
Bonnie Ellis Posted - May 13 2015 : 11:05:21 AM
What a wonderful story. Sometimes we don't realize when things will work out for the best. Congratulations to your life and wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

grandmother and orphan farmgirl
Red Tractor Girl Posted - May 13 2015 : 10:56:45 AM
Shirley, you can order a subscription online from MaryJanes website and get it cheaper than what you will pay for a copy each time at Tractor Supply! Plus you can start getting your Farmgirl magazine right away and don't have to worry if your particular TS is going to carry it.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014
ceridwen Posted - May 13 2015 : 09:35:28 AM
Elisabeth, thank you for sharing your story! It has such a wonderful ending!

Farmgirl Sister 3610 - Nov 7/2011
Sourceress Posted - May 13 2015 : 05:22:18 AM
I found my first issue of Mary Jane's Farm on the rack at the checkout counter at my local natural foods co-op back in 2009. We were in the middle of losing our house and land in Ohio and moving back to Maryland, to the area where my husband grew up. I was devastated at losing the house I had hoped we were going to stay in long-term and all the dreams I had for it, and moving back into a rental, even if it was a rental out in the middle of a rural area full of farms and so forth. (It had, in fact, originally been the parsonage for a little country church, but hadn't been used as such in years, and they couldn't sell it because it was on the same piece of land as their parish hall and could not be subdivided. Lucky for us; it was there when we needed it.) That first issue I picked up was, I think, the one with the bees, and the second one was the Fourth of July issue with all the little burgers that came right after it. But what I remember most was a letter or an editorial someone had written about "Farmgirl" being a condition of the heart, and not where you happen to be living right at the moment. It was exactly what I needed to help me pick up and move on. It gave me permission not to give up on my farmgirl dreams. Fast forward 5 1/2 years, and we ended up having to move because it turned out no one had ever done a lead paint test on that old parsonage, as required under MD law, and they were threatening the church with all kinds of fines if they didn't fix it. By this time, though, the tenants had moved out of the house (still owned by my in-laws) that my husband grew up in, and they agreed to let us move in and buy it from them. (This is also the house that my eldest son was born in, right there in the living room in a birthing tub! :) When we walked up the walk the first time we went to look at it after Grandma and Grandpa said we could live there, my son, now 16, got partway up the porch steps, stopped, and said "this feels like home.")

Anyway, the point here is, MJF got me through a really difficult time, and I've been a huge fan ever since. And that's not even mentioning all the excellent recipes and ideas and stuff.

Thank you!
mellaisbella Posted - Mar 29 2015 : 04:29:44 AM
For me, it was love at first sight! I saw the magazine at a newsstand.,,after flipping through a few pages, I knew that I was in love with MJF and had to have more. So that's how I found this forum. <3

Love many, trust few. Always paddle your own canoe.
Farmgirl Of The Month December 2008
ceridwen Posted - Mar 18 2015 : 7:26:02 PM
Welcome Hope! It's a great place to be! I have lost track of how long I have been subscribing to MFJ. Sadly, it was not from her first issue. I came across her magazine by accident at Tractor Supply (my favourite store). Subscribed right away! The first thing I do when I retrieve a new issue from the mailbox is get some form of liquid (tea, coffee, glass a wine), sit, and just look at the pictures. Once I've seen every page, I start reading the articles. lol

I do own all of her books. They are great resources and so inspiring.

Marilyn, badges are fun to work on. That reminds me, I need to get back to them. Thanks for the reminder!

Farmgirl Sister 3610
(quilting blog)
(farmgirl blog)
Marilyn Hartman Sullivan Posted - Mar 18 2015 : 1:15:50 PM
A good friend mentioned Mary Jane and the magazine to me several years ago. I checked out the magazine right away, but shied away from joining the Farmgirl Sisterhood until very recently. The magazine is lovely -- the articles are interesting and useful -- it gives me things to think about as far as living more simply and more healthfully. Also, the idea of merit badges for (sort of) grown up girls was intriguing to me. I am working on my first two right now!!!

Take it easy, but take it.
Aprilla Rain Posted - Feb 21 2015 : 4:15:41 PM
It was back in 2006 when i first stumbled on her book at the book store..Being a earthy country gal myself i was instantly drawn to her book....opened it up and just had to buy it..took it home and lord i just couldn't put it down, I felt like i was home listening to a cousin or a Auntie, she touched all the little parts of my heart that i remembered growing up in Alabama. I have tried so many of her ideas and dreamed about so many others, she is truly amazing. I loved reading about her life and what she has accomplished, It would be my biggest dream to get to meet and hang out with her if just for the day. She is naturally beautiful inside and out. She brings us a little piece of home, its so nice after a long stressful day in this crazy world to come home and get all cozy with some hot tea and enjoy us some MARY JANE!!! She is a truly neat Lady and i so love her, Bless you Mary Jane....xo

Aprilla Ault
Nana Shirl Posted - Feb 09 2015 : 8:29:03 PM
So...when did the very first MJF magazines publish...? I would love to read or see some of the first ones!, I really enjoy MJF....OH and a Tractor Supply is coming to a town near me! I know it is similar to our farm n ranch store that has always been around....but hey...sumthin new...jus sayin...

You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me. ~C.S. Lewis
Red Tractor Girl Posted - Feb 08 2015 : 4:12:55 PM
No, thank-you MaryJane!! We are all healthier and living better by having your magazine in our lives. I can't imagine my life without it!!!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014
MaryJane Posted - Feb 08 2015 : 09:40:14 AM
Thanks for making my heart soar girls. This past week I had my meeting with my publisher for going over our yearly financials for the magazine.

We continue to marvel at how well our little humble magazine does after 15 years. I can't tell you how many people told me I'd never make it past 3-5 years. With other titles going under right and left, our newsstand sales are staying level (like my publisher said, "That's UP under present market conditions)." And our subscriber base continues to see tiny little increases every year. In other words, we're in the black. Thanks for having my back on this one. Like I always say, every single reader means the world to me. We can do this thing!!!!!!

MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
VT Oma Posted - Feb 08 2015 : 06:31:39 AM
I just love love this magazine. I bring it to work to read, looking at it cheers me up. Yesterday I got in the mail my farmgirl necklace #5766, I wore it all around the house yesterday, I was so proud.
Bonnie Ellis Posted - Jan 04 2015 : 5:07:28 PM
Why not Mary Jane Farm. Mary Jane realized that putting her name on what she does helps everyone know what she stands for. It's an honest statement of what she has achieved and gives us something to admire and work towards. You go girl. Thanks

grandmother and orphan farmgirl
Cozynana Posted - Jan 04 2015 : 11:20:44 AM
Mary Jane represents what I live and how I would like to live. Lived on a real farm with pigs, cows, and all the crops for over 38 years. Have had bucket calves, delivered pigs, had a pet cow named Frank (who was a girl), grow a garden, take walks in the woods, watch the sunrises and sunsets, etc. That said I am still learning things like how to make cheese, make a good bread, just learned how to make healing salves. It is a never ending process to become the "perfect" stereotype person like Mary Jane. Her magazine allows me to obtain knowledge to live closer to my dream. It is my goal, but I better just be satisfied with accepting what I do achieve and move on and be grateful for the life I have.
shawneefarmgirl Posted - Jan 03 2015 : 11:07:30 AM
I too found my first magazine at our Tractor Supply store. I really felt this magazine was me in a nutshell. My family is from the city, so they all thought I was the odd duck in the family, and never never understood why whenever given the chance, I moved away to the country. I know in this forum, all you girls understand how I feel about living simpler lives. Growing your own food, canning, raising my wonderful little girls (chickens) and how my relaxation time is cleaning the chicken coop, or the horse stalls. I just love reading MaryJanes magazine from cover to cover more than once in a month, and I would never give up not one of my magazines, either.Learning about raising chickens was really important to me, and there has been a couple of articles along the way about those girls. But I do learn the most from you girls right here on the forum. This is the first place I head to when I have any kind of problem or question...we have just about everything on here! I will say that the looks of the magazine is different since I started reading it. One of the other things that drew me is the magazine reminded me of the older days, but now it seems to have a more modern look. But it won't keep me from renewing my subscription, though.And like Denise, I am so-o glad Mary Jane started all this!

I'll tell you the truth, if a man keeps my word, he will never see death." John 8:51
judy12480 Posted - Dec 08 2014 : 10:48:53 AM
How do you start a rag rug? What tools so you use. How wide are the strips.

Northwestern Michigan farmgirl
Beemoosie Posted - Jul 16 2014 : 11:29:37 AM
Thank you Denise! As I wait for news from the vet, I am looking through all the cards and goodies I have received from farm girl friends I like you in the past. Checking out to see who I know here and making new friends I hope! Feels like home today.

My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. Luke 1:46,47
levisgrammy Posted - Jul 16 2014 : 11:08:09 AM
Yay Bonnie! Nice to see you here again.

Farmgirl Sister #43

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105
Beemoosie Posted - Jul 16 2014 : 03:50:05 AM
Thank you Darlene! Seems like we are farm girl sisters and sisters in Christ!
darlenelovesart Posted - Jul 15 2014 : 10:34:29 PM
Well welcome back Bonnie!

Good to have you here and I know you will have fun.


I have learned that to have a good friend is the purest of all God's gifts, for it is a love that has no exchange of payment.
by Frances Farmer

Just follow God unquestioningly.
Because you love Him so, for if you trust His judgment there is nothing you need to know.

I trust in you Jesus...
Beemoosie Posted - Jul 15 2014 : 5:52:39 PM
For me it was that big, beautiful book. I stumbled upon in 2006. I was so amazed that other women felt the same way I do about home, family and simple living. This was the first and only forum I have ever ventured on and I was pretty active for about 5 years until I let life get in the way. My children have grown and moved on and just yesterday I was sorting through my sewing/ craft supplies as I move them into my sons former bedroom. I truly do treasure MaryJane's books and the handful of magazines I own. Maybe even more special were the two scrapbooks FULL on cards, pictures and letters from the farm girl friends I have made. I decided yesterday that as life has brought me back to creating, it's also time to get back to reconnecting!
levisgrammy Posted - Jul 11 2014 : 09:38:25 AM
Even though I still have a subscription, I have saved all the old issues. I loved the older ones when Mary Jane first started the magazine. Very inspiring and I just love grabbing a cup of something and reading the whole thing right away when my new issues come. I do go back and read the first ones on occasion and I love the books she has one too! Those really get me focused on the things I love. So glad Mary Jane had a heart for this as it has drawn so many like minded women together. Even though I have a subscription to the magazine I always look for it at Tractor Supply when I go there.
I don't know if Mary Jane ever realized just what this would be when she first started it, but I am so glad she did!

Farmgirl Sister #43

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105
Red Tractor Girl Posted - Jul 11 2014 : 05:29:40 AM
I just ordered the pack of 6 magazines which begins with the second or third original magazine(I can't tell for sure as they are not obviously numbered for me to figure it out). I love these early magazines and all of the stories of how MaryJane launched her backpacking food business and all of her early life works! They are so beautifully done with the photographs and layout and tell the most amazing story of her as a young and determined entrepreneur. When I read the history, I cannot believe how lucky I was to find her magazine that one December. MaryJane was reaching out to women just like me and you and created a forum for us to share, learn and promote living life free of chemicals and rooted in the traditions of simple family life. With an invitation to put on an apron and start digging in the dirt, everyone who felt that FarmGirl Heart could join up. Such a simple idea. Such a powerful idea. Such an opportunity to learn and find new friends and skills. Such a life changing invitation to so many!

Winnie #3109
jpbluesky Posted - Jul 10 2014 : 09:12:35 AM
I have almost all the copies since the first one! It is a great magazine, and I love re-reading them.

Farmgirl #31

Psalm 51: 10-13

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