Giveaway: “Secret Garden, The Experiment”

In the Aug/Sept issue of MaryJanesFarm, “The Experiment” (on newsstands July 14), we led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a free copy of a wonderful book, Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book by Johanna Basford, featured in our “Farmgirl Finds” section that has sold more than a million copies worldwide. Tumble down the rabbit hole into an inky black-and-white wonderland in Secret Garden. This interactive activity book takes you on a ramble through a secret garden created in beautifully detailed pen-and-ink illustrations, sheltering all kinds of tiny creatures just waiting to be found and brought to life through coloring.


For a chance to win a copy of Secret Garden, along with a box of 24 Prismacolor Colored Pencils and a Prismacolor Premier Pencil Sharpener, tell me one thing you enjoy about MaryJanesFarm in the comments below. We’ll toss your name into a hat and draw one lucky winner in mid-September, when the Aug/Sept issue expires on newsstands. Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways!

If you’re not yet a subscriber to MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for only $19.95/year.

  1. Cindi says:

    It is difficult to restrict what I enjoy about MaryJanesFarm to only one thing! The most encompassing, I guess, would be the inspiration and encouragement I get to go on ahead and do that cooking, or sew again, or build my own trellis for that garden I created all by myself. It’s okay if I love cows, even if some people think it’s weird for a city girl. MaryJanesFarm has helped me stop wishing I could be a strong and resourceful woman like my grandmother’s were and just be one. And I am! What’s not to enjoy about that!?

  2. Genevieve says:

    My favorite is the glamping and advice on..well everything!! it’s so hard to just love one thing. I also love the recipes and instructions in things you don’t usually find in other magazines.

  3. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I’m like Cindi, here! There are so many things I love about MaryJanesFarm. So, for purposes of entering this contest, I would say MJF offers me a chance for a part of me to come forward. Authenticity sort of describes it, but so does opportunity. Whether it comes from reading the magazines or books, the ideas resonate with me and there is a freedom to just try something new and just see how it resonates. With the MJF Chatroom, there is support, encouragement and lots of sharing with a big community of like minded women all around the world thinking along the same lines. We all can come together from different origins and enjoy what the other has to share. Plus Mary Jane and her team provide us endless chances to experiment with recipes, gardening, animal husbandry, and a can do, will do attitude. I agree with Cindi in that MJF encourages women to empower themselves and dig into those interests and talents. Like the photo of today, I am on that MJF Train and loving the adventure ride to discovery with lots of other Farmgirl friends! I do hope we get to stop in Oakdale for a view of Barron’s grand old flour Mill. I think I will ask the Conductor next time he comes by!

  4. Chrissy says:

    I like how the magazine celebrates and nourishes the farmgirl soul. You can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl. Our roots run deep.

  5. Wanda Larson says:

    It’s simple! Mary Jane’s Farm takes me back to my beginnings!

  6. Mari says:

    I love the creativity of Mary Jane’s Farm! And the reminder that I can be a country farm girl even in the city taking care of an elderly parent – I treasure every issue of your magazine! Thanks, Mary Jane )))))HUGS(((((

  7. terry steinmetz says:

    One thing? Well, it’s impossible to limit it to one thing. But if I have to, I guess that the one thing that I love about MaryJanesFarm magazine is all the encouragement that is given through the articles. I circle important things in different colors so I can go back to them as I need the information. I am blessed by all the pictures. I’ve gained new insight to the reasons why I have lived my life as I have. And I just plain love all the people that work on it to make it as special as it is! Thanks for so many things! There’s just not one thing; there’s a million!

  8. You know how magazines are “supposed to be” just a tempting vehicle for advertisers to get their message out to people??? Well, your MaryJanesFarm is all about a community of women (some men like it too) finding a new voice as well as a “party line” (like the old phone system used to be years and years ago). Even the advertisers who hold up the cost of the issues are there in the interest of the women (and men) who are reading and exchanging ideas. Some of these advertisers are not even found in the other “regular” news-stand “typical” girlie mags. I love that we are not being blown away by ads for makeup (are we not beautiful enough???) and diet tricks and all the other products targeting a woman’s supposed insecurity and weakness. Your MaryJanesFarm celebrates true strong resilient creative functioning members of these Earthly tribes of humans……not just past and present, but taking out our long-view binoculars and projecting into the future what we will be capable of accomplishing.

  9. ann austin says:

    I enjoy the articles, the wonderful photos, and esp. the “simple” things I can do to enhance my quality of life.

  10. Terri Dye says:

    MaryJane has been an inspiration to me for years, I have saved so many of the recipes and crafting/repurposing ideas over the years in a special notebook, as well as tips and decorating ideas! I <3 MaryJane

  11. jaylyn m says:

    I really like the organic in the news articles. In fact, I read an article a few months ago about Asheville, N.C. being the 1st certified bee city in America. Well, that started a whole journey for my family…we started researching more and more about that lovely town, even going so far as to road tripping 14 hours there with a car full of kids. Well, what would you know, we are now so in love with that area of the country that we are trying to purchase a mountain farm. Can’t wait to try out all the different ideas and pages from MJFarm that I’ve tore out over the years when we buy our property! Thanks for inspiring me in so many ways!

  12. Carol Vagher says:

    I love the recipes, crafts, sewing and gardening tips this magazine shares. I’m always excited to see the newest edition! I grew up on a farm and I’m still a country girl at heart!

  13. Sharon Scheidt says:

    Your magazine is everything my Mother ever taught me about life and about being a Mother and wife. I do not live in the country but I sew and grow my own food, make my dinners from scratch with organic foods. I look forward to this magazine, and it takes me back to the simple life!

  14. Sharon Demers says:

    Thanks for the opportunity MaryJane! There are so many things about MaryJane’s Farm, I think overall the encouragement from MaryJane’s Farm and the gals on the chatroom. I have learned to step out of my comfort zone and tackle jobs I never thought I could. The farmgirl sisters always have an encouraging word no matter what advice one seeks. <3

  15. Ellen Tabak says:

    MaryJanesFarm gives me the tools to bring the dream of being a farmgirl to life for this city chick!

  16. Carissa says:

    I love the recipes, but I also enjoy the essays and stories written by the readers. It’s fun to see what craft or crafter you focus on, too. It’s is my most favorite magazine and I savor it each time it arrives.

  17. Maria says:

    I love the idea of bathing outside. I live on many acres now in a forest and my next big projects includes installing an outdoor bath retreat…can’t wait!!!

  18. Linda says:

    It is very hard to choose just one thing I like about MaryJanesFarm magazine, but I think it would have to be the crafts that are presented in each issue. I quilt, sew general items, knit, crochet, and love finding new projects that use my existing skills and learning new craft skills. I started a MJFG swap using one of the projects (Origami Snack Bag) presented in a magazine this year. I made the quilted Dish Drainer Quilt for another swap a number of years ago.

  19. Joan Price says:

    The wholesomeness is wonderful. But just like being asked to choose which of your children is your favorite, I can’t choose one thing about the magazine. Being a crafter, of course crafts are at the top of my list but just love the whole magazine. Thanks

  20. Heidi Morris says:

    I agree it’s hard to choose one thing, ever article feeds my farmer heart and my soul. Reading it takes me to my happy place. I guess if I had to pick one thing it would be the crafts, as I love to create . Thanks for all you do especially love to read the articles about other women entrepreneurs, it encourages me to continue to follow my dreams.

  21. Debra says:

    I love that it reminds me if my mom and my childhood

  22. Susan R says:

    I like how the simple, the domestic, the low tech, is appreciated, celebrated, and elevated.

  23. Judy mcI says:

    Reminds how simple good clean living still exists…and I’m part of that every day.

  24. Jeanie McIlwain says:

    I love your magazine because it affirms and encourages me to continue on my souls desire to provide healthy food for my family and contentment in utilizing what The Lord has provided us to recognize and praise Him on a daily basis in even the simple things we do.

  25. Heather says:

    I love the sense of community and inspiration I derive from MaryJane’s magazine. Knowing that there are thousands of sisters out there with similar interests and seeing beautiful photographs of how-to crafts, gardens, and baked goods makes this farm girl smile!

  26. Kim Pedley says:

    I have enjoyed reading all of the comments posted before me almost as much as I have enjoyed (re)reading the years of issues of the magazine! They certainly echo my sentiments! Mary Jane (and staff) know that you are a positive force, fully appreciated and have extreme value. Choosing one thing for me is celebrating the possibility of creativity – making your way with a sashay. Thank you! I am proud to be a FarmGirl.

  27. Sandy Rees says:

    It’s a bit hard to pick 1 favorite. It is probably the way it makes me feel. Like friends are teaching me new things or sharing a part of their life with me.

  28. Patti says:

    I’m new to your magazine-I found a copy of it at my mom’s house. She is 91 years old and still a FarmGirl. I have since subscribed myself and am finding all sorts of things I remember as a child. We had a Santa Fe trailer and went camping every summer with another family in the early 60’s-including the station wagon, dogs, ice blocks and no seat belts. I have also found a couple of your books at the local library and am reading them cover to cover. I have gotten my old Singer out and am going fabric shopping tomorrow to make new kitchen curtains. Thank you so much for all you do.

  29. Toni H says:

    I agree with most – I love everything about it! The thing I probably love most is the inspiration it gives me to be me!

  30. Bonnie Ellis says:

    I love the connection to others with the same likes and the chance to talk with them. You have founded a way for us all to connect. Thank you Mary Jane, Meg, Carol, Brian,and all the others involved. Your photos are top notch.

  31. Marcy says:

    I don’t think that I could ever pick just one thing out of the magazine, books or websites. Everything that you do means so much to me. I have found new friends, discovered new crafts (especially needle tatting which I had never head of before) found new ways of doing things and have been so inspired that it has made my heart sing! Everything about MaryJane’s has simply made me into a better person and made me feel like maybe I am not so weird for liking the things I like after all.

  32. I enjoy Mary Jane’s Farm for the simplicity of recipes, style, crafts, etc. I feel like I can do almost anything I see with ease and a sense of accomplishment. Also love your little store in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

  33. Linda says:

    I love how this city girl can turn into a farmgirl just by picking up and reading your magazine. I have gotten inspirations to bake, grow, can, sow, glamp and so much more!! I love finding the farmgirl within!!!! Thank you!!

  34. Theresa Thomas says:

    I don’t have anything in particular that i like about the magazine, I just love everything about it. I check it out cover-to-cover and can’t wait until the next issue comes around. I have learned so much since I started reading MJF. Love it, keep up the good work.

  35. Dyan Eisenberger says:

    I started getting the magazine many years ago and fell in love with the beautiful photos of flowers and veggie gardens! We always had some kind of garden but wanted it to be meaningful.
    I am now retired and my husband and I have completed the Penn State Extension, Master Gardener’s Pollinator Friendly Garden Certification; as well as for the Audubon Bird Habitat and National Wildlife Federation animal habitat. We have bee houses, butterflies and hummingbirds as well as bats and great herons, hawks and goldfinches, cardinals and woodpeckers and many more visiting our yards.
    We have nature at heart, and the Weed Dragon I found in your magazine was just what we needed and we no longer use pesticides or herbicides. All this on a tiny suburban lot. It is our orecious little bit of land.

  36. Marium Llewellyn says:

    I love how the natural is used in the whole mag

  37. Robin Holsopple says:

    I love that Mary Janes Farm is a magazine that I actually read from cover to cover. There’s no page that goes unturned. Definitely not a waste of money in today’s expensive throw away world

  38. Jessica says:

    One thing?!?! Can’t do it! I love the recipes, sustainable and resourceful ideas. And my favorite…all the organic news! Keep up the great work! Love it all!!

  39. Bren D says:

    I enjoy the anticipation of receiving my next issue of MaryJanesFarm. I read every page amd try very hard to never rush through the magazine. I make sure I take time for me and Maryjane. I look forward to gathering everything needed for my newest recipe, my newest homemade something – something and thoroughly enjoy all the kind, encouraging and inspiring words from the well written articles to the inspirational words of other FarmGirls. My friends have referred to me as somewhat a modern pioneer girl ….now I’d like to be known as one of MaryJane’s girls.

  40. Sandy Kelley says:

    I stumbled across MaryJanesFarm about a year ago. Immediately subscribed. Look forward to every magazine and all the wonderful ideas, articles and encouragement that I receive from them. Right now I am in the process of moving and need to make sure that my subscription is forwarded so I don’t miss an issue.
    What’s one thing that I like about your magazine? The WHOLE magazine. I even read the advertisement. Ha! Thank you so very much!

  41. Thank you for the chance to win your book Secret Garden. Being able to enter into a world of fantasy by coloring is a great enjoyment. Mean while I will be enjoying your magazine Mary Janes Farm.

  42. Kate Eternick says:

    I enjoy everything, however lately I have been especially fond of the ideas and inspiration for gardening and do-it-yourself projects that MaryJanesFarm brings to my home – my husband and I have recently purchased a fixer-upper home in in a very urban city, so any ideas and inspiration are very welcome and give hope for beauty in the daunting work we had ahead of us. I have a front yard about as full of flowers, vegetables and herbs as it can get and many ideas for how to restore our house (built in 1904) to its former glory. Keep perpetuating beauty in the world!

  43. Corine Runnion says:

    I enjoy everything but i do love the ideas, projects and i collect cast iron so i love seing the different cast iron and the recipes. just love it all and when i want just to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and read i gather all my maryjanes and go thru them time and time again.

  44. Sandra Wallace says:

    I’m a country girl at heart and i get so inspired by the whole magazine. It brings out the farm girl in me and i can’t wait each month for the new issue to come out. Its so relaxing to sit down and read every article. I always come away with something new to try out . I definitely love the recipes that are featured.

  45. Connie Hildebrand says:

    I eagerly anticipate the arrival of my Mary Jane’s Farm magazine every month! I always read it from cover to cover! I received my subscription as a gift from my amazing sister. I LOVE it!

  46. Christa says:

    My favorite thing about Mary Janes farm is the positive inspiration it provides. No matter how bad things may seem to be, I always feel uplifted after reading the magazine.

  47. Jillian Joycechild says:

    The first thing I do when I settle in with Mary Janes Farm is enjoy the design and layout, and even the feel of the paper it is printed on. Then I go back to the front to read and enjoy every page.

  48. Nancy Coughlin says:

    Love all the ideas you provide that then cause more ideas to sprout in my own mind.

  49. sabrina dohm says:

    I love the layout, the format is colorful, fun, and artfully done and keeps you reading and wanting more.
    I really love that you go back to the way our moms (well, my mom)! did things without all the electronic confusion that is in this world today!
    Thoroughly enjoy each and every page!

  50. Julie says:

    I learned about your ChilOver Powder in one of your issues, and I am so thankful for that vegetarian option!

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