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star-schipp
True Blue Farmgirl

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Starletta
Middletown Indiana
USA
942 Posts

Posted - Jan 01 2015 :  4:22:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
MaryJane has generously offered to lend books related to our Sisterhood Merit Badge Program. The Merit Badge Program is an excellent way to learn new skills and to gain confidence in being a Farmgirl! Which badge will you work on today?

Books may be requested by emailing brianogle@maryjanesfarm.org. He will need your name, address, email, and phone number to complete your request.


Books available for Sisters and Farmerettes:

EACH OTHER:

Public Service (Expert): Read Free Lunch by David Cay Johnston.

Farmgirl Gratitude (Beginner): Read The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha.

Farmgirl Shutterbugs (Intermediate): Read a basic book on photography techniques.

Farmgirl Shutterbugs (Expert): Read a current book on advanced photography techniques.

Farmgirl Grammar (Intermediate): Read Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English by Patricia T. O’Conner.

Farmgirl Grammar (Expert): Read Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss.

Blogging (Beginner): Read Blogging for Creatives: How Designers, Artists, Crafters, and Writers Can Blog to Make Contacts, Win Business, and Build Success by Robin Houghton.

Reading, ’Riting, ’Rythmatic (Expert): Read Math Doesn’t Suck by Danica McKellar.


FARM KITCHEN:

Know Your Food (Beginner): Read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

Know Your Food (Intermediate): Read Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan.

Know Your Food (Expert): Read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan.

Icing on the Cake (Beginner): Read Wilton 902-1232 Cake Decorating for Beginners Guide or take a cake decorating class.

Carpe Cocoa: Seize the Chocolate! (Beginner): Read The True History of Chocolate by Sophie D. Coe and Michael D. Coe.


GARDEN GATE:

Bee Good to Your Mother Earth (Beginner): Read Montrose: Life in a Garden by Nancy Goodwin.

Grow Where You’re Planted (Expert): Read Roots Demystified: Change Your Gardening Habits to Help Roots by Robert Kourik.

Gaining Ground (Beginner): Read The Earth Moved by Amy Stewart or Worms Eat My Garbage by Mary Appelhof.

Gaining Ground (Expert): Read Secrets to Great Soil: A Grower’s Guide to Composting, Mulching, and Creating Healthy, Fertile Soil for Your Lawn and Garden by Elizabeth P. Stell.

Heirlooms Forever (Beginner): Read Gardening with Heirloom Seeds by Lynn Coulter.

What’s Your Beef? (Intermediate): Read BEEF: The Untold Story of How Milk, Meat, and Muscle Shaped the World by Andrew Rimas and Evan D.G. Fraser.

Horse Dreams (Intermediate): Read The Soul of a Horse: Life Lessons by Joe Camp.

Secret Life of Bees (Beginner): Read The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Secret Life of Bees (Intermediate): Read Bees: Nature’s Little Wonders by Candace Savage.


MAKE IT EASY:


Carp-hen-try (Beginner): Read Dare to Repair by Julie Sussman and Stephanie Glakastenet.


OUTPOST

Glamping (Intermediate): Read Glamping with MaryJane by MaryJane Butters.


STITCHING & CRAFTING:


Scrapbooking (Intermediate): Read chapters 1, 3, and 11 of Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions by Don Williams and Louisa Jaggar.

Scrapbooking (Expert): Read Organizing and Preserving Your Heirloom Documents by Katherine Scott Sturdevant.

Inkslinger (Beginner): Read The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.


Books available for Young Cultivators:

FARM KITCHEN

Mmm, Chocolate! (Beginner) Read Smart About Chocolate by Sandra Markle, and No Monkeys, No Chocolate and Chocolate: Riches from the Rainforest by Robert Burleigh.

Mmm, Chocolate! (Expert) Read Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Anthony Newley.


Also available:

MaryJane's Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook by MaryJane Butters

MaryJane's Stitching Room by MaryJane Butters

MaryJane's Outpost by MaryJane Butters

Milk Cow Kitchen by MaryJane Butters

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etcharb
True Blue Farmgirl

50 Posts

Eileen
Holden MA
USA
50 Posts

Posted - Jan 01 2015 :  7:28:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am brand new to the Farmgirl Sisterhood, but I think this is a very good idea. I'd be interested in it. Also, is there anywhere here that just lists book titles on topics of interest such as gardening, preserving, simple living, etc.?

Eileen Charbonneau
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star-schipp
True Blue Farmgirl

942 Posts

Starletta
Middletown Indiana
USA
942 Posts

Posted - Jan 02 2015 :  03:48:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you Eileen and welcome! You will love it here. What a great suggestion for a recommended reading post. Ill start gathering some thoughts on that and post later today.

If you can't feed one hundred people, then just feed one. -Mother Teresa

Star - farmgirl sister #1927

Estle Schipp Farm: Celebrate the Hobby Farm Lifestyle


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MaryJane
Queen Bee

13612 Posts

MaryJane
Moscow Idaho
USA
13612 Posts

Posted - Jan 02 2015 :  04:00:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would LOVE to donate some books. Can you give me an idea what you don't have so that I can rummage through my merit badge library here and perhaps fill in the empty spaces? What a fabulous and generous idea!

MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
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Lavender Rose
True Blue Farmgirl

1938 Posts

Brenda
Jackson MI
USA
1938 Posts

Posted - Jan 02 2015 :  12:06:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a great idea. I'm going through book and may have some to donate. Will let you know. Brenda

Each day we add to our legacy-good or bad. Our Daily Bread
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star-schipp
True Blue Farmgirl

942 Posts

Starletta
Middletown Indiana
USA
942 Posts

Posted - Jan 02 2015 :  1:57:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you MaryJane and Lavender Rose! I'm still looking through my shelves and will post the books that I definitely do not have.



If you can't feed one hundred people, then just feed one. -Mother Teresa

Star - farmgirl sister #1927

Estle Schipp Farm: Celebrate the Hobby Farm Lifestyle


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star-schipp
True Blue Farmgirl

942 Posts

Starletta
Middletown Indiana
USA
942 Posts

Posted - Jan 02 2015 :  2:09:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The first two books I am offering are:

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (merit badge: Garden Gate - The Secret Life of Bees: Beginner)
Worms Eat My Garbage by Mary Appelhof (merit badge: Garden Gate - Gaining Ground: Beginner)

Please let me know if you would like to borrow them to work on a merit badge. I will pay the postage to you and I just ask that you pay the postage back to me. I will include a self addressed envelope for the return. In order to ensure that the books stay in circulation, please return them within a month of borrowing.

I'll start a waiting list also if more than one person requests the book. I'm looking forward to sharing - I truly adore books and love to get them into the hands of others. Every time I get a new one, it is like I have met a new best friend.

If you have any books you would like to donate, please let me know and I will reimburse you for the postage to send them to me.

I'm so happy to share some of the books I have collected especially those who have helped me earn a merit badge because every one of those badges has helped me learn a skill that I have truly enjoyed. Besides, I always secretly wanted to be a librarian.



If you can't feed one hundred people, then just feed one. -Mother Teresa

Star - farmgirl sister #1927

Estle Schipp Farm: Celebrate the Hobby Farm Lifestyle


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Dapple Grey Lady
True Blue Farmgirl

670 Posts

Betty
Goodrich Texas
USA
670 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2015 :  09:43:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh, this is a wonderful idea! I really want to read "The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd"! So when do we get started requesting books? :)

~ Betty ~
Farmgirl Sister # 5589
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star-schipp
True Blue Farmgirl

942 Posts

Starletta
Middletown Indiana
USA
942 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2015 :  11:35:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hooray Betty! Consider your request the very first one! Send me a email with your address and I will get it sent right out...I'm am beyond thrilled.

If you can't feed one hundred people, then just feed one. -Mother Teresa

Star - farmgirl sister #1927

Estle Schipp Farm: Celebrate the Hobby Farm Lifestyle


http://EstleSchippFarm.blogspot.com

https://youngliving.org/starschipp

Master Food Preserver

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Dapple Grey Lady
True Blue Farmgirl

670 Posts

Betty
Goodrich Texas
USA
670 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2015 :  12:10:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Star! Email is on the way! Thank you so much for doing this!

~ Betty ~
Farmgirl Sister # 5589
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Terralea
True Blue Farmgirl

137 Posts

Terra
Midland Michigan
USA
137 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2015 :  7:58:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I loved the Secret Lives of Bees. Love the library concept! Thank you in advance for the work you will be doing to promote this.

Terralea
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MaryJane
Queen Bee

13612 Posts

MaryJane
Moscow Idaho
USA
13612 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2015 :  8:51:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Early next week, I'll be working on new badges for 2015 so I'll go through our existing badges and make a list of required books and then pay a visit to our library (in a room on the end of our barn) and get a list of the books that I can donate to your lending library. Star-Schipp, I'll bet you played library a lot when you were a kid! This is just so very awesome.

MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
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etcharb
True Blue Farmgirl

50 Posts

Eileen
Holden MA
USA
50 Posts

Posted - Jan 04 2015 :  11:34:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have tons of books and would be happy to donate. I've been thinking that I really need to go through them and was wondering what to do with some of them. Now I have incentive to weed through the books and a place to send some!

The Secret Life of Bees is an excellent book. You'll love it! I recently read another book called Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh. It's a murder mystery, but the main characters are beekeepers and it has a lot of information and details about beekeeping told in a way that really keeps the readers' interest. I'm not sure if I still have it, but I'll certainly keep an eye out for it while I'm sorting through my books.


Where should I send the books I want to donate?

Eileen Charbonneau
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star-schipp
True Blue Farmgirl

942 Posts

Starletta
Middletown Indiana
USA
942 Posts

Posted - Jan 04 2015 :  1:39:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you so much Eileen. I sent you an email.

If you can't feed one hundred people, then just feed one. -Mother Teresa

Star - farmgirl sister #1927

Estle Schipp Farm: Celebrate the Hobby Farm Lifestyle


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Calicogirl
True Blue Farmgirl

5198 Posts

Sharon
Bruce Crossing Michigan
USA
5198 Posts

Posted - Jan 04 2015 :  4:20:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Starletta,

Thank you for your generous offer of resources and time

Mary Jane,

Thank you also for being so generous!

Farmgirl Sister #5392

By His Grace, For His Glory
~Sharon

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star-schipp
True Blue Farmgirl

942 Posts

Starletta
Middletown Indiana
USA
942 Posts

Posted - Jan 05 2015 :  6:05:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The first book from the Farmgirl Library went out to Dapple Grey Lady today! I am absolutely thrilled to be able to share one of my favorite books with her.

I have a copy of Worms Eat My Garbage if anyone would like to borrow it to work on your Garden Gate: Gaining Ground badge.




If you can't feed one hundred people, then just feed one. -Mother Teresa

Star - farmgirl sister #1927

Estle Schipp Farm: Celebrate the Hobby Farm Lifestyle


http://EstleSchippFarm.blogspot.com

https://youngliving.org/starschipp

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notathreatinsight
True Blue Farmgirl

626 Posts

Erin
Monroeville IN
USA
626 Posts

Posted - Jan 06 2015 :  05:08:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is an awesome idea. I'm not ready to take advantage of it yet. I just made a book list as a personal goal for 2015, as a kind of New Year's resolution, and it is a hefty list, but I love that your little library will be available when I need it. Thank you so much!

Erin
Farmgirl #3762

"It is... through the world of the imagination which takes us beyond the restrictions of provable fact, that we touch the hem of truth." - Madeleine L'Engle

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Lavender Rose
True Blue Farmgirl

1938 Posts

Brenda
Jackson MI
USA
1938 Posts

Posted - Jan 08 2015 :  06:06:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Would you like a copy of The Hope Chest: A Legacy of Love? It gives all kinds of information on putting together a hope chest. Some of the topics in the book are: History of the Hope Chest, How to safely pack and store items in the chest, Stories, tips, and quotes from 100 years ago....as well as from today's busy mothers, traditional trousseau and bridal shower ideas and much, much more. I will be glad to donate it if you want it. Let me know. Farm Girl Hugs, Brenda

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MaryJane
Queen Bee

13612 Posts

MaryJane
Moscow Idaho
USA
13612 Posts

Posted - Jan 08 2015 :  06:32:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good morning Starletta,
I have a list of the books required for merit badges. The total is around 24. I've gone through our library here and created quite a pile of books to send you but then I thought maybe I should ship them out from here one by one so that you don't have to bear the expense of the shipping. Perhaps you could list the books I have as if they were in your library and keep track of the names, etc. but I could ship them from here and each book could return here? What do you think about a set up like that? I would love it if you could be the librarian for required merit badge books:)

MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
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star-schipp
True Blue Farmgirl

942 Posts

Starletta
Middletown Indiana
USA
942 Posts

Posted - Jan 08 2015 :  07:12:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
MaryJane absolutely yes! Thank you so much!

If you can't feed one hundred people, then just feed one. -Mother Teresa

Star - farmgirl sister #1927

Estle Schipp Farm: Celebrate the Hobby Farm Lifestyle


http://EstleSchippFarm.blogspot.com

https://youngliving.org/starschipp

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star-schipp
True Blue Farmgirl

942 Posts

Starletta
Middletown Indiana
USA
942 Posts

Posted - Jan 08 2015 :  07:13:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lavender Rose, that book sounds wonderful and I would love to add it to our farmgirl library. Thank you!

If you can't feed one hundred people, then just feed one. -Mother Teresa

Star - farmgirl sister #1927

Estle Schipp Farm: Celebrate the Hobby Farm Lifestyle


http://EstleSchippFarm.blogspot.com

https://youngliving.org/starschipp

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etcharb
True Blue Farmgirl

50 Posts

Eileen
Holden MA
USA
50 Posts

Posted - Jan 09 2015 :  07:40:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Star-Schipp, I am going through some of my books right now and picking out some that I want to send to you. I was wondering if you could create some guidelines on what types of books you want as I'm not sure if everything I'm pulling out is an appropriate match. I don't want to overload you with books that are not of the type you were expecting.

Here is a sample of some titles I've set aside so far:
Home from the Hardware Store: Transform Everyday Materials into Fabulous Home Furnishings

Ultimate Guide to Front Porches: Building Techniques for Adding a New Porch to Your Home

The Ultimate Guide to Walks, Patios & Walls

The Ultimate Guide to Porches: Building Techniques for Adding a New Porch to Your Home

Depression Era Wisdom: Simple Ways to Stretch Your Dollars

3-Step Vegetable Gardening: The Quick and Easy Way to Grow Fruits and Vegetables

The Simple Home: The Luxury of Enough

Clean House, Clean Planet: Clean Your House for Pennies A Day The Safe, Nontoxic Way

Window Gardening the Old Fashioned Way

Let It Rot! The Gardener's Guide to Composting

Now That's Ingenious! Everyday Experts Reveal Their Secretes for Handling More than 1,200 Common Cleanups, Fix-Its, and Other Tasks around the House and Garden

The Green Book of Household Hints: Keeping an Efficient and Ecologically Safe Home

As you can see, a variety of topics are represented here. Are they all appropriate? Also, what about other types of books? For example, I just finished reading The Lost Gardenwhich is a novel set in England during WWII about a group of young women serving in the Women's Land Army. Do you want that one? What about cookbooks?

Any guidelines you can give will be most helpful as I cull through my library looking for books to send to you.





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star-schipp
True Blue Farmgirl

942 Posts

Starletta
Middletown Indiana
USA
942 Posts

Posted - Jan 09 2015 :  08:16:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Eileen, what a wonderful list and I think all the farmgirls would love them. Any books pertaining to farmgirl lifestyle are what I am seeking so fiction and cookbooks would be appropriate. I am so thankful for your help.

If you can't feed one hundred people, then just feed one. -Mother Teresa

Star - farmgirl sister #1927

Estle Schipp Farm: Celebrate the Hobby Farm Lifestyle


http://EstleSchippFarm.blogspot.com

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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

7180 Posts

Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
7180 Posts

Posted - Jan 09 2015 :  08:19:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Star! This is an AWESOME idea! And I just KNOW I've got a couple of duplicate books on my shelves that I'd be happy to donate! Please just give me some time. We've got a lot of groundwork to cover with homeschool right now, but first chance I get, I'll see what I can come up with for you! I know for sure that I have an extra copy of "Putting Foods By" that I can send! I'll get back to you asap!

You are just too cool for words, sister! I love that you're doing this!

Hugs -

Nini

Farmgirl Sister #1974

God gave us two hands... one to help ourselves, and one to help others!

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star-schipp
True Blue Farmgirl

942 Posts

Starletta
Middletown Indiana
USA
942 Posts

Posted - Jan 09 2015 :  09:15:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you Nini!

If you can't feed one hundred people, then just feed one. -Mother Teresa

Star - farmgirl sister #1927

Estle Schipp Farm: Celebrate the Hobby Farm Lifestyle


http://EstleSchippFarm.blogspot.com

https://youngliving.org/starschipp

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MaryJane
Queen Bee

13612 Posts

MaryJane
Moscow Idaho
USA
13612 Posts

Posted - Jan 09 2015 :  10:40:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Starletta,
I'm working on a list of Merit Badge books to send you so you know what you have to lend. For starters, you now have copies of all my books to lend:
MaryJane's Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook
MaryJane's Stitching Room
MaryJane's Outpost
Glamping with MaryJane
Milk Cow Kitchen

I will send you a "farm librarian" email you can use for coordinating all this with us.

Many THANKS!!!!!!

MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
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