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Aprilla Rain
Farmgirl in Training

20 Posts

April
Fort walton beach Florida
USA
20 Posts

Posted - Feb 21 2015 :  4:15:41 PM  Show Profile
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
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Marilyn Hartman Sullivan
True Blue Farmgirl

1138 Posts

Marilyn
Oxford PA
USA
1138 Posts

Posted - Mar 18 2015 :  1:15:50 PM  Show Profile
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.
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ceridwen
True Blue Farmgirl

833 Posts

Carole
New York
USA
833 Posts

Posted - Mar 18 2015 :  7:26:02 PM  Show Profile
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!

Carole
Farmgirl Sister 3610
(quilting blog) http://www.carolesquiltingetc.com
(farmgirl blog) http://musingaboutthisandthat.blogspot.com/
http://www.fibrejunction.com

Edited by - ceridwen on Mar 18 2015 7:28:14 PM
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mellaisbella
True Blue Farmgirl

1862 Posts

melanie
living on Anne of Green Gables land
Canada
1862 Posts

Posted - Mar 29 2015 :  04:29:44 AM  Show Profile
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
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Sourceress
True Blue Farmgirl

76 Posts

Elisabeth
Thurmont MD
76 Posts

Posted - May 13 2015 :  05:22:18 AM  Show Profile  Send Sourceress an AOL message  Send Sourceress a Yahoo! Message
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!
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ceridwen
True Blue Farmgirl

833 Posts

Carole
New York
USA
833 Posts

Posted - May 13 2015 :  09:35:28 AM  Show Profile
Elisabeth, thank you for sharing your story! It has such a wonderful ending!

Carole
Farmgirl Sister 3610 - Nov 7/2011
http://www.carolesquiltingetc.com
http://www.fibrejunction.com
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

5680 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
5680 Posts

Posted - May 13 2015 :  10:56:45 AM  Show Profile
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
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Bonnie Ellis
True Blue Farmgirl

2474 Posts

Bonnie
Minneapolis Minnesota
USA
2474 Posts

Posted - May 13 2015 :  11:05:21 AM  Show Profile
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
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Earthstone
Farmgirl in Training

11 Posts

Karen
Troy WV
USA
11 Posts

Posted - Jan 07 2016 :  8:02:03 PM  Show Profile
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...!)
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EMGJulie
True Blue Farmgirl

53 Posts

Julie
Galesburg MI
USA
53 Posts

Posted - Aug 17 2020 :  09:10:59 AM  Show Profile
It's interesting how we come across new ideas or information that, in an instant, gives us hope and brightens our lives. I was simply after more mask material at the local chain fabric store when I stopped at the magazine rack. I have been looking for GreenCraft by Somerset Studio for a while now with no luck. I noticed the AUG-SEPT 2020 MaryJane's Farm magazine, flipped through and thought, "Why haven't I looked deeper at this beautiful publication before now?" I couldn't wait to join the Sisterhood, have a mental list of badges I want to get going on (awaiting the badge book in the mail any day), and I just reserved every one of Mary Jane Butters books from the library. I got out my aprons and wore one yesterday while hanging clothes to dry on the line and while cleaning. I'm cooking more with my iron skillets and really want to do away with the plastics, silicones, etc. and get back to the roots of a more natural living. I've had that swirling around in my head for some time, but now with Mary Jane's guidance (earning badges, magazines, and forthcoming library books) I know I can make a better life for myself and my family.
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JoanneMS58
Farmgirl in Training

26 Posts

Joanne
Los Angeles CA
USA
26 Posts

Posted - Aug 20 2020 :  12:44:38 PM  Show Profile
EMGJulie I feel the same way you do ! I am also brainstorming on which badges to work on earning . I am just stating my second year in the sisterhood but have also had so much going on . One of the many things the virus has taught me is what is truly important. It has forced me to give up some activities that really consumed so much time and energy but in the end were just Fluff or Icing , not really important enough to be given so much of my time.
Well wishes in your journey:)
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EMGJulie
True Blue Farmgirl

53 Posts

Julie
Galesburg MI
USA
53 Posts

Posted - Aug 21 2020 :  12:05:37 PM  Show Profile
Aww, thank you, Joanne! I wish you well in your journey, too! I am lucky to be working full time doing secretarial work remotely for my organization. I can hardly wait to get through the work day to read through two of the many Mary Jane Butters books that arrived from the library. Also hoping to sew an apron over the weekend and study the badge book! I've pretty much learned that a 3,000 square foot garden is too much for me. It's a weedy mess but we are getting things from it. My free time is spent freelance writing or crafting/sewing/knitting. Both really keep my spirits up! Gardening, too but it's so hot again. My best to you!

Julie Sister #8169

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." -C.S. Lewis
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marjean
True Blue Farmgirl

3848 Posts

Marsha
Deltona FL
USA
3848 Posts

Posted - Aug 28 2020 :  09:20:11 AM  Show Profile
What a great topic. I found MJF magazine through a craft club I belonged too back in early 2004. I had changed to an organic lifestyle in 1998 but it was a slow change. I really didn't know what I was doing other than just buying organic food. A friend had introduced me to natural cleaning products back in 1991 when my daughter was small. It just seemed like a smart move and it worked out later down the road when I came down with Lyme disease in 2005.

Inside the craft club news was a flyer that said Mary Jane's Farm magazine invitation. I got a free issue just by filling out the form. The tag line was the same as it is now on the cover of each issue. I got my first issue in 2005 and loved every page. I subscribed and found the forum and so many wonderful women with my same values and goals of living a healthier and better lifestyle. Not only that I gained some lasting friendships. Met some wonderful farm girl at heart sister's and have not found a more kinder and loving environment on the web and I've looked at quiet a few groups. But none compare to what you find here.

Thank you MaryJane and family for your continued support to all of us. I will be forever grateful to your contribution to making this world a better place.

I recently got out my stack of MJF magazines to use in my junk journals. I made a soft cover junk journal and named it after one of the quilt topics in an article. I have since been promoting MJF magazine on my YouTube channel. So I hope you gain more subscriber's from my little channel promotion.

If you farm girls want to see my Rebel Quilt junk journal step by step process. Watch me make it here with my love of all things MaryJane's magazine has taught me.

How to Make a Fabric Junk Journal parts 1,2 and 3
https://youtu.be/FHmN8R3pkR8
Part 2 https://youtu.be/59l2LtmvPEU
Part 3 https://youtu.be/Ua1XBhGwlek
https://youtu.be/vNdDkWQNW8k


Farmgirl sister #308
Wallets & Travel Accessories, Tea Wallets, and Junk Journals, Face Masks too.
http://www.marketsofsunshine.etsy.com

FGOM 5/2018
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