Project F.A.R.M. WELCOME!

Big WELCOME to another Project F.A.R.M. (First-class American Rural Made) business, Heather’s Handmade Soap of Lookingglass, Oregon.

Heather Coffel (Sister #5853) says:

“Heather’s Handmade Soap started from a desire to help my daughter’s dry skin problems. Once I started selling my soaps, I discovered that this is actually a big problem with children’s more sensitive skin and in many older adults as well. Most store-bought soaps remove the natural glycerin, which provides moisture, but also allows the bar to “melt” faster. In some cases, detergents are again added to harden the bars. The removal of natural glycerin and addition of unnatural detergents severely dries out the skin.

For me, making soap is a wonderful artistic medium. Each batch of soap is unique not only in fragrance, but also colors and ingredients. I also make a fragrance-free soap. All of my soaps have the same base ingredients: Water or Goat’s Milk; Lye (Sodium Hydroxide); Fats; Colors; and Fragrances or Essential Oils. Fats range from Olive, Palm, Coconut, and Canola Oils to Shea, Mango, and Cocoa Butters to Palm Kernel Flakes.”

To find out more, visit Heather on Facebook.







  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Ohh, Heather, these bars of soap look like little pieces of art! If a person is not on Facebook, is there an alternative way to order from you?

    Mary Jane, I have always admired the entire Project F.A.R.M concept and program. From the first time I read all about it in your first book and on your site, I loved how it helped people move their craft forward in becoming an entrepreneur and possibly self supporting. Opportunities for endorsement are hard to come by and this program lifts talented people upward when they are getting started. I love it!

  2. Heather Sandoval says:

    I also am named Heather and also make soaps, though not to sell. We have an out of state reunion coming up and I am making a series of 5 soaps based on areas of California and their respective scents. Just made my ocean scent soap over the weekend, and it turned out lovely! It is truly fascinating to see the process. I do not have the patience to wait the 6 weeks or so for cold-process soap, so I do a modified oven-process soap. That way, if one wanted to use it the next day they could. It always is better to let it sit for a bit though. It is hard to do for me-I want to try them all out!

    • Heather Coffel says:

      Yes the waiting is hard, but I really enjoy how the scent make my house smell during the waiting period. I hope you soaps are a hit at your reunion.

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Art-o-mat FIND!!!!

Hi ya, MJ! Here’s the art I got from the Art-o-mat I found because of your post.


Here’s my friend and me with the man who collects art-o-mats. He has two operational machines plus a mini one for his private collection of the little artworks along with bigger art (like the steer below).



It was so much fun! Who knew? Well, I guess, you! Thanks again for helping me cope with the stuff of life.

Love, Karen
{Karen’s beloved husband is in treatment for cancer.}

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Whoa Karen, how cool is this?? Where are you located in the US? I love the little art works you purchased too. What a fun day you and your friend had tracking down this collector!

    • karen england, farmgirl #89 says:

      Winnie, we are in north San Diego county. It turned out that this collector and his collection is just down the street from me. So much fun!

  2. Alice says:

    How wonderful is that?! Yes, MaryJane does share some wonderful books, places, recipes, people and things with us, doesn’t she? My best wishes to your husband, Karen.

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Speaking of old books, I am half way through my Mary Jane Holmes, Meadow Brook, and I can hardly put it down! First published in 1857,the story’s heroine, is based on some of the details of her own childhood and early home. The third publication, which is my issue, was in 1900 and the publisher includes this note:” Handsomely bound in cloth. Price $100 each, and sent free by mail on receipt of price.”

  2. Nancy Coughlin says:

    Much as I love books, that $100 price tag is too high for this bibliophile.

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WINNER! Milk Cow Kitchen Giveaway #5 of 5

And the winner of the fifth and final Milk Cow Kitchen book I’m giving away

milk-cow-kitchen_1070 is … mia_giveaway-2350 Karen Osterbauer, who wrote on May 15, 2014: “Come boss. I would make butter, cream, and homemade pumpkin pie with fresh milk awesome!!!! I grew up with cows, used to sit on their backs.” Watch for an email from the farm, Karen. Congratulations!

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Congratulations Caroll! You will love reading this book from cover to cover.

  2. Dolly says:

    Congratulations Karen Osterbauer!

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