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star-schipp Posted - Jan 01 2015 : 4:22:13 PM
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 He will need your name, address, email, and phone number to complete your request.

Books available for Sisters and Farmerettes:


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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:


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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Brian Posted - Feb 27 2023 : 3:07:53 PM
Hi Cyndy,
I do have a copy of this book on hand. I'll get it in the mail to you tomorrow. You are always welcome to send me a direct email ( if you have any more book requests.
cyndy wildrose Posted - Feb 27 2023 : 07:42:28 AM
Hi Brian,
I would like to borrow Life in a Garden.
Thanks Cyndy
quiltingbea Posted - Sep 02 2021 : 08:57:49 AM
i would like to borrow MaryJane's Idea Book and MaryJane Cast Iron book.
Thank you
Brian Posted - Apr 26 2021 : 10:08:06 AM
Hi Nancy,
I sent an email to your badger email address. If you wanted to donate a book to the library we would sincerely appreciate it! A couple sisters have donated a book or two which is always nice.
Nancy Joplin Posted - Apr 23 2021 : 4:19:31 PM
Hi, Brian!

I will check my library! How about Montrose:Life in the Garden? Is that one still available?

If I buy a copy of Woe is I, can I donate it to the library when I am finished?
Brian Posted - Apr 23 2021 : 3:03:49 PM
Hi Nancy,
I deleted your mailing address from your post since it's not something you want hanging out on the internet. I have some unfortunate news. It looks like our copy was checked out a couple years ago and never returned. Do you have a local library that can possibly try to do an inter-library loan for you?
Nancy Joplin Posted - Apr 23 2021 : 12:43:02 PM
Hi, Brian!

I would like to borrow Woe is I:The Grammarphobe's guide to Better English in Plain English.

Thank You!

AndreaPA Posted - Aug 24 2020 : 3:22:04 PM
Where can I get a copy of the article "Classic Favs Go Organic" from the April-May 2010 issue of MaryJane's Farm? This is for Farm Kitchen - Unprocessed Kitchen merit badge.
Thank you.

Farmgirl# 8166
Krissel Posted - Jun 17 2020 : 07:09:09 AM
I can't seem to get it to work?! is that right? I wondered if lending library was closed?

Farmgirl#7588 Fishgirl Farm Chapter member.
Laughter makes the heart strong!
GinnyBelle Posted - May 26 2020 : 7:05:52 PM
I guess if I were to start at the beginning of the thread, I would answer my own questions! Lol

Farmgirl #6994

Sunshine Mixed With A Little Hurricane
Tchr66 Posted - May 14 2020 : 11:53:33 AM
Brian is this where I request a book?If so my I borrow Math Doesn't Suck or Eats, Shoots, and Leaves? Thank you.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord
Joshua 24:15
quiltingbea Posted - Jul 10 2018 : 1:00:20 PM
book came today thank you Brian

To everything their is a season....
Cydnie Posted - Jan 03 2018 : 2:23:09 PM
Our new 2018 Merit Badges were revealed in our January 2018 Sister Issue (make sure to check them out!) and because some badges require reading specific books, we've added the following books to our Merit Badge Lending Library (they've also been added to the top of this thread as well):

For Sisters and Farmerette Badges

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

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

For Young Cultivator Badges

Mmm, Chocolate! (Beginner) Read Smart About Chocolate by Sandra Markle, or 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.

Brian Posted - Jun 20 2016 : 10:04:05 AM
Hi Jan. I responded to your email. :)
janjones68 Posted - Jun 20 2016 : 08:40:03 AM
Thanks Sara! Just sent it off.

Starting each day as a new beginning.
YellowRose Posted - Jun 20 2016 : 08:08:31 AM
Hi Jan contact Brian at and tell him which book you are interested in and he will take care of it.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.

Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.
janjones68 Posted - Jun 20 2016 : 07:27:52 AM
Love this idea! Has anyone spoken for "The Hope Chest" book? If so, I'd love to be on the list to read this. When I was a girl we called a dishpack my "Despair Barrel" as I collected items for my first home. Fun to think back on some of those old memories.

Starting each day as a new beginning.
Brian Posted - Feb 05 2016 : 10:35:59 AM
ijjie Posted - Feb 05 2016 : 10:31:43 AM
Book came today Brian. Thanks


Farmgirl # 849

Brian Posted - Feb 01 2016 : 10:49:23 AM
Joan, I do have your current mailing address. I'll get the book out to you.

Betty, no worries, send it back when you can!


Dapple Grey Lady Posted - Feb 01 2016 : 08:38:52 AM
Reading the new topics, I just realized that I still have a book that I need to mail back. I had forgot about it! Oops! It will be mailed back shortly!
Betty #5589

~ Betty ~
Farmgirl Sister # 5589
ijjie Posted - Feb 01 2016 : 07:14:36 AM
Thanks so much for your help, with joining the Hen house. I changed my Password and that sorted the problem.

Was wondering if you got my address OK for borrowing : How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions by Don Williams. If not please let me know.

Thanks Joan

Farmgirl # 849

SouthForty Posted - Jan 18 2016 : 3:50:59 PM
Soooo good! If you haven't read this one yet, you should! Working on my Beginner Badge ~ reading it to my mother which helps me earn another badge. She is ailing and has memory problems but she had a horse as a young girl, and that memory is STRONG!

You can put your boots in the oven but that don't make 'em biscuits!
hudsonsinaf Posted - Jan 17 2016 : 7:39:54 PM
Denise - that is one of the most fascinating books!!!

~ Shannon
levisgrammy Posted - Jan 17 2016 : 5:04:45 PM
I received the copy of "The Soul of a Horse" know it won't take me long to read. Will have to look into the merit badge too!

Farmgirl Sister #43

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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