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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Giveaway: “On a Farm Above the Sea”

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 sampling of Kuaiwi Farm’s products featured in our “Every Woman Has a Story” section. Kuaiwi Farm is a five-acre organic farm in Hawaii, where owner Una Greenaway grows Kona coffee, macadamia nuts, cacao, bananas, avocados, pineapple, oranges, lemons, limes, passion fruit, and more. I didn’t get a chance to meet Una in person, but for my 62nd b-day and Mother’s Day this past year, my daughter surprised me with tickets to Kona for just the two of us. Visiting Kona was life-changing for me, especially because now I’m hooked on Kona coffee and fresh macadamia nuts:) It’s time for me to share my newfound joy in life.

For a chance to win a 16-oz bag of Kuaiwi Farm’s Kona Old Style Medium Roast Organic Coffee AND an 8-oz bag of her Raw Macadamia Nuts, tell me about a woman farmer you know (or know of) and why you admire her in the comments below. I’ll toss your name in 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 my magazine, MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for just only $19.95 a year:)

  1. Faith DuBois says:

    The lady farmer I admire the most is my mom! She grew up on a dairy farm and was the only child of 8 to go to college. While raising four girls she always kept a big garden and taught us to honor the earth. When I was 9 we moved to the country and she’s kept a “gentleman’s” farm with everything from pigs and goats to sheep, chickens and rabbits. She made her own cheese and we ate our own meat. She is now 74 and keeps a garden, chickens and sheep to this day. She’s my hero!

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Kona coffee is one of my favorites too! I stumbled on it in the 1980s when it first made it over to our stores here. There is something very special about it’s deep rich flavor that is unlike other coffees.

    I know two young women locally who run a large organic herb and flower farm. They sell regularly at the farmer’s market and by order from their farm. One of the women has survived sarcoma cancer and treatment all while working! When she has time in the winter months she attends our knitting group. I love her can do attitude and passion for gardening and showing incredible strength even when faced with hard chemo treatments!

  3. Genevieve says:

    my farmer woman I admire, is my mom’s best friend jolene. She always does CSA and she has a green house and cows!! she also raises two boys (one of them is her husband).
    She taught us how to garden, help birth a cow, raise pigs and shear a rabbit. She is always putting these crazy ideas in my moms head and plays a mean game of spades.

  4. Julie says:

    I have a dear lifelong friend who was recently widowed. She works long hours in her urban backyard “farm garden” growing all kinds of lovely fruit and veg from heritage organic seeds. She shares these with neighbors, friends and those in need.
    I’m blessed by her commitment to sustainable methods, she challenges me to get out and get my hands in the soil by sending me packets of the seeds she gleens from her bountiful crop.

  5. shawna m says:

    I admire my aunt. They are now retired as farmers but still keep up on all the latest farm news. When I was little her house was always bustling. She is the woman I model my own household after always ready for hospitality, being frugal not wasteful, a godly mother & housewife. She has approached her older years with grace & I hope to continue to follow her example.

  6. terry steinmetz says:

    I admire my grandmother, who has been gone for quite a few years now, for all the dedication she had in helping my grandpa with the farm while he worked in the factory and on the farm. She was always willing to drop what she was doing to help him get ready to plow or whatever so he wouldn’t have to do it alone. She kept the animals fed, the garden nice & neat, canning & freezing (when they finally got a freezer!), and any animal husbandry that he needed assistance with. I also watch her kill a chicken by wringing it’s neck because he was too “bossy” and attacked a grandchild. She also was willing to help any neighbor or friend at the drop of a hat. She inspired me in so many ways! I’m forever grateful for all her advice, helps when I needed them & her dedication to grandpa and the rest of her family! I only hope that I in some small way can do the same.

  7. Karlyne says:

    I’m not saying this so I get an edge in the give-away, but my inspiration is you, MaryJane!

  8. Marilyn Hartman Sullivan says:

    My “Aint” Marie was a very earthy woman — smoked a corncob pipe and drove the tractor into town when Uncle Wayne had the truck off somewhere else. She raised a family on a rocky hilltop farm in southern Indiana with a woodstove in the kitchen and no indoor toilet (she insisted that Uncle Wayne put running water in the kitchen, because she needed it for canning). She could fry bacon and eggs for a harvest crew in the morning, get all the laundry “warshed” and hung on the line, can 50 quarts of sweet corn, feed the crew their dinner at noon, and put up a few dozen jars of pickle before “setting down” with her fancy work before time to hash up and shell beans for supper. She was not what you’d call lady-like, but she was as gentle a soul as ever walked the earth and would do anything for you that didn’t involve being away from the home-place overnight. Her house garden was an acre or more every year and she grew every kind of corn, tomato, and pepper that the farm circulars could come up with. She helped birth the cattle, fed and watered the stock, and kept a flock of chickens that looked like the front page of a glossy magazine. When grandchildren came along, she insisted they call her “Grannybaby.” I never saw her look at a television or sit without some kind of work in her hands and I never saw her cry. She laughed through things that would have made a Marine weep and lived her whole life right until the end — running an errand for a friend.

    I don’t aspire to be like my Aint Marie — but whenever I am planning my garden in the last throes of a cold Pennsylvania winter, I think of her rows and rows of beautiful pepper plants and the pantry full of shining jars of yellow nuggets of corn, and I get to feeling very optimistic about the planting to come and the harvest to follow.

    Thank you, Granny-Baby, for keeping me in touch with my ethnic roots.

  9. CJ Armstrong says:

    I actually know several women farmers, but I’d like to mention a dear friend, Michelle (cannot give last name) who is totally amazing! She raises everything imaginable, has outdoor gardens as well as a greenhouses. She is also a Farmers Market vendor and has a very attractive display with a vintage/retro look. She has mentioned to me more than once how she loves the Farmgirl Connection and Mary Janes Farm magazine.
    She has a sunny, upbeat attitude, is so friendly and courteous, treating her customers and friends with utmost respect. Furthermore she had purchased and wears several aprons that I’ve made!
    I’d LOVE some good coffee too, so thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  10. Nancy says:

    20 years ago, I met Karen, otherwise known as “The Plant Lady” in our mountain community of Florissant, CO. She has been high altitude gardening (9000 ft) for 30 to 40 years up here. Started out hauling water in 5 gallon buckets to keep her gardens growing. She now has an organic, high altitude nursery, serving the gardening needs of our community. Karen is a self taught green thumb Goddess! With an extensive gardening library. I have always admired her grit and determination even in the hardest of times. Living in the mountains presents it’s own set of challenges ie. Fires, droughts, wildlife, altitude. Karen is a true Mountain Mamma with a spiritual attachment to the land and life. She has made a true “Paradise” on her 5 to 7 acre property. Karen has now graduated to her life’s desire to share her wealth of knowledge offering what she has coined “Fireside Chats” classes on organic gardening that she holds in her home. She enriches more than teaches her gardeners experience in all areas of gardening from the simple act of planting a flower to the more difficult prospects of “spinning straw into gold” for mulch, how to compost, the science of maintaining a greenhouse, watering 101 and so much more. Although she is not a farmer in the truest sense, she farms souls offering yoga at the new and full moons in her gardens. Paradise Gardens is just that, a refuge from the outside world. I couldn’t be more proud of my friend and I often tell her so. I believe we need to tell our friends how much we appreciate them and how much we admire them.

  11. Marge Draeger says:

    I sincerely admire Bev Thompson of Futility Farms in Gilman, Wisconsin. Here’s a short exerpt from the website: “Futility Farms is a small grass farm consisting of 126 acres located in north central Wisconsin in a little town called Gilman, (population 412). Futility Farms is the home of natural beef – raised without the use of growth hormones, without a regular dose of antibiotics and without the use of chemical fertilizers on the land – the way beef should be raised, the way it used to be raised.”
    The meat she sells is melt-in-your mouth delicious.
    And just for fun, my birthday is June 24.

  12. Toni H says:

    I would have to say my husband’s late grandmother, Georgie. She was a treasure. A widow 3 times who raised 13 children mostly by herself, ran a farm and still found time to feed homeless, take in foster children and just love. Miss her!

  13. Dyan Eisenberger says:

    Beth Rohrer, Rohrer’s Orchards in East Petersburg, PA. Most delicious apples, and peaches! Working hard day and night with very few complants!

  14. Bren D says:

    My friend Pam- Pam has built her own chicken coop and helps take care of the three horses, goat and chickens. I’ve taught her to quilt and she makes beautiful quilts for her family. The best thing of all is Pam shares her eggs with me!!!! 🙂

    • Bren D says:

      I forgot to mention…Pam works full time at a demanding job, helps her mother and raises two active girls!

  15. Corine Runnion says:

    My mother she grew alot of produce in the 50s and sold to many of the grocery stores in the area. She was a very hard worker and could put most people to sham would never ask for help and when having a problem would always seem to find a way to get the job accomplished.

  16. Nancy Coughlin says:

    I admire Todd of Forks Farm, here in PA. She has worked side by side with her husband and 3 daughters to develop and expand their farm into a fabulous and lovely, welcoming spot. From farm visits by local schools, therapy based visits for patients, supportive services for many organic vendors in the area, twice monthly Farm Markets with vendors, musicians, providers and special activities for kids– she is always looking for ways to positively impact her local community and expand the services available at the farm. Worked with her for a number of years to process grass-raised chickens for sale at the Farm Markets and for CSA groups and am always blown away by her level of expertise and energy. She is always on the go.

  17. Soleil says:

    It has to be my friend Rose. She raises goats. Her dream has always been to become a licensed Wisconsin cheese maker. She finally accomplished it just before starting to get social security! She’s also all about education and has started teaching cheese making also. I’m really proud of her and “Tea Rose Toggenbergs”.

  18. Stephanie Guevara says:

    I’ll have to mention one I know of. I don’t remember her name, but she and her female friend owned an organic farm back in the early ’90s. They planted and harvested according to the moon, which I thought would be a lot of extra effort. She raised pigs, and visiting her farm was the first time I realized just how big pigs are! I admired her for her sticking to her planting beliefs, working the farm with only females, and her belief in her ability to expand and be successful (she was putting in an orchard last time I was there).

  19. Jo Ellen Little says:

    My favorite women farmer is Heather Faye. She raises the cows we get our raw milk from along with chickens, eggs and pork. She also makes wonderful soaps! It’s a family operation, just her and her husband and kids. They provide wonderful, healthy food in our area!

  20. Mary Jo says:

    I admire any woman farmer……the one I’d like to mention is the lady who runs Hawk Hill Blueberry Farm in our area — she dedicates so much of her time and life to make sure that we have the best blueberries and best experiences come summer. I really respect her.

  21. Natalie says:

    Linda is like a second mom to me and she and her husband Andy are organic dairy farmers here in Washington state. I admire her for all her hard work and time she invests into the cows, calves and milk. Not to mention she is a wonderful baker!!

  22. Letitia Wheeler Shumaker currently of Blackfoot, ID. I admire her because she took me under her wing during our college years in Rexburg, ID when I was a brand new transplant from MD who was experiencing major family problems. She invited me to spend holidays & other special occasions with her on her parents’ potato farm in Grace, ID. Her kindness helped inspire my husband & I to become the pecan farmers we currently are in San Antonio, TX & a 23 year+ friendship that survived her divorce.

  23. Jennie Stratton says:

    A good friend of mine works full time outside the home, but still manages to grow a crazy amount of organic veggies AND keep chickens while chasing her one and a half year old around! She inspires me all the time to TRY more, and DO more!!

  24. Sarah says:

    I don’t know any one woman show farmers, but I have a friend who’s name is Tamara, and they’re farm Chandler Pond Farm is very impressive. Not only are they active farmers, visiting farmer’s markets, taking on interns, but she is also a homeschooler. She is vivacious and fun, and just a great all around person.

  25. Dianna says:

    The lady farmer I know is one of my sisters. Her name is Patsy and she does it all and has all her life. We grew up on a farm and that is what we know. She is always busy. Has several gardens and does several farmer’s markets. Is a 4-H leader and take care of livestock. She can do anything most men farmers can do. I truly admire her.

  26. Christy Craver says:

    Your the shining example of a female farmer as far as I am concerned.

  27. Kathy Dickson says:

    One of the best farmers I knew was a dear friend I called Grandma Nancy. She inspired me so much by her simple life. She told of getting up early at 4 a.m., fixing breakfast, doing laundry and hanging it up, then chopping cotton ’til noon with her children, fixing lunch and hanging out the laundry with more chopping cotton ’til supper. Then washing dishes, folding laundry, and “quilting to keep my family warm” in the evening. This precious lady taught me how to make jelly from apple peelings so nothing was wasted, old fashion cooking, hand piecing and quilting, and more. She lost three children while they were young and another out of five before she passed away yet I never heard her complain. She was a bundle of inspiration and love than anyone I knew and inspired me to live simply and godly. I still carry on her tradition by raising chickens of my own, quilting, and deeply loving my family.

  28. Ramona Puckett says:

    The woman farmer I admire the most doesn’t have acres of garden, doesn’t have farm animals but she does have a can do attitude and a backyard in the city that feeds her family and friends during the year. My daughter, Holly, has several garden beds, a compost pile, knows how to can, freeze and dry the produce. She is a very talented gal!

  29. I have an incredible Niece an her husband…It is love second time around for them both..Farm boy meets farm girl an they both lead different lives working, until they meet one day by accident thru my husband…They both lived an worked on farms as kids an as their love grew so did their love for farm life to part of them..After they were married they moved closer to his family’s farm an started working they beef their family grew for them to eat, all the while holding down very demanding jobs..As time went on their garden got larger an larger to feed them …My Niece works long hrs, but comes home to the solace of the farm an her lovely hens whom she has fondly all given names too with one special one she calls Mama’s girl who rides on her shoulder…I admire her with everything a working woman has to do along with taking care of her family that she has managed to also have a little farm of her own in her backyard with the lovely chicken coop her hubby an her built for her girls..We are fortunate to be able to go an take care of her flock , their golden retreiver an main coon cat while they enjoy time away..It allows me to be able to see what farm life is for this city girl in a small way an I enjoy every minute we are there….An I bugged my hubbie so much we finally put in a small raised garden last year of our own, it had been many a year since we had had one , now to work on the chicken part…hehehe enjoy their lovely story as I have…..

  30. Kimmie B says:

    Teresa Bedtelyon -her willingness to give so many children from other mothers a farm life childhood with unconditional love.

  31. Becka Gagne says:

    My friend Jennifer Bower and her husband Bob run kearsarge gore farm in Warner nh, we used to sell at farmers markets next to them almost 20 years ago and they are still hard at it. She/ they are the only farmers I know that work four seasons on the land, logging in winter, maple syrup production in spring and a huge farm in summer and fall with one of their children helping. They have inspired new in my own much smaller endeavours…

  32. Deborah McKissic says:

    My mom and dad bought a farm after Dad worked for the government for 35 years and “retired”…for 19 years..till Dad’s death..they farmed…they raised sheep and baby lambs which my girls…their to bottle feed at times…and, they cut over 96 acres of hay each year…and, donated a lot to farmers further south when they were hit by droughts…mom once put up over 100 bales of hay that had been cut by was ill and it was going to rain, and all farmers know once the hay is cut and has dried it has to be baled and not get, mom got the tracker out..the baler..and went to work…and even loaded them into the barn by herself..a woman of strength…mom loves her coffee so this would make a nice surprise gift for her… mom now resides in a little cabin in the Virginia woods…and still gardens and helps the neighbors…at age 85!

  33. Val Meler says:

    I would have to say my inspiration for growing things is my grandma! I can still see her, in my minds eye, in her garden out back, in her dress and apron. There was nothing that woman could not grow. She knew all sorts of ” tricks” from the “old country” that I remember and use to this day!

  34. Mona Tucker says:

    My farmgirl hero is my friend Shelley. She is a single mom of three teenagers, working an 8-5 day job, and gardening in her off-time. She loves to put together pretty little baskets of her fresh produce — tomatoes, peppers, squash, whatever is ripe at the time — and top if off with a flower and maybe a jar of jelly, and present it to friends on their birthdays. She has taught her children to respect the earth and each other. She has supported and encouraged them as they raised chickens and goats for school projects, and they have willingly worked long hours in the hot Texas sun to help her in her garden. Shelley is the one who introduced me to Mary Jane’s Farm magazine.

  35. Laurie says:

    I admire my sister. She and her husband have always had a large garden, orchard, herbs, and various berry bushes. They generously share with others as well as can and preserve what isn’t used. Last year they stocked a new pond, and this year they have ventured into the realm of chickens hoping they will begin to lay in the next few weeks. They also home school my nephew.

  36. Stacey Lorish says:

    I live in the city and the closest farmer I know keeps bees. I helped harvest the honey once and it was an eye opening experience. The honey was amazing and my friend truly knows her way around managing all those bees!

  37. Klarey says:

    I know Catherine Smith. She is so knowledgable about her garden and her willingness to share her love of gardening has been a blessing to me!

  38. Dawn Utter says:

    There is a farm gal in Indiana that I admire because of her and perseverance. Sheena was raised in a dairy farm family. On the farm she learned to work hard. At home her mother instilled her with the knowledge of how important an education was.
    She showed great control early when her mother developed breast cancer and pasted away while Sheena was in high school. She continued to help raise her younger sister and brother while attending school, being active in 4H and readying herself for collage.
    Sheena graduated from college, married and has 3 beautiful child today and overlooks the operations of the farm. She is an inspection to us all.

  39. Joyce Hein says:

    I’m inspired by many women – Mary Jane, the neighbour lady across the road who spent 25 years building up her soil (what patience!), dairy farmers’ wives who get up and milk cows, feed, plant gardens, can etc. to help make a living – they do everything to help support their husband from tractor work to doing laundry.

  40. Heidi Worthington says:

    The lady farmer I most admire is the lady from whom we buy our raw milk. She continues to farm on her family’s farm with her husband and children. They raise milk and beef cows as well as fruits and vegetables. She works tirelessly all year long.

  41. Amy Sibger says:

    My late mother would have to be it for me, she grew up on a farm with 1O sisters and 1 brother. Money was scarce and she learned the simple ways in life in turn teaching my 3 brothers and 1 sister as well. She loved coffee more than anything so this would be a great tribute to her.

  42. Ramona Spencet says:

    My friend Ann Diaz. She worked tirelessly to turn 12 acres if leased land into an organic farm. She grew beautiful vegetables and wonderful flowers for ourocsl farmer’s market. She is beautiful, inside and out. She recently list most of her lease to the ever expanding subdivisions in our area. She has taken this in stride and continues her quest for healthier food by hand mixing an organic mineral fertilizer. She is an amazing woman!!!!

    • Ramona Spencet says:

      Sorry about typos. Typing in a hurry gets you in trouble. Local farmer’s market….list most of her….of leased land.

  43. Dawn says:

    I know of a woman in the next town by her products really. She raises free range chickens that produce olive green eggs and packages and sells them in the local supermarket. Right near the egg case, the small local market allowed her to have an electric photo frame which she uses to display and cycle through photos of her farm and chickens. I really enjoy seeing women that have that entrepeurial spirit like me, taking it to market.

  44. Cheryl Johnston says:

    My favorite lady farmer/farm wife was my Grandma. As a child we were given free range at the farm, interacting with all the animals, plants and wildlife. We were city girls so that made it all the more amazing. My Grandma loved animals, worked in the dairy part of their farm, took care of the chickens, raised 8 kids, loved ALL of us grandchildren and COOKED. Looking back I am amazed by all she did to feed all the workers, keep her old farm house clean and still have time for all of us. Just thinking of it makes me appreciate the wonderness of it all!!!

  45. jean Clarkson says:

    My favorite farm woman was my mother. When we moved to the country in 1941, she spent the first summer in the wild blackberry patches around our small farm, picking berries that she canned and made into wonderful jam. My father planted a big garden every summer and tended it. Mother and my grandmother put up tomatoes and made jams and jellies. We picked and canned or froze garden produce from beans to tomatoes. During strawberry season, we picked boxes and boxes full of sweet Michigan berries. Mother took them into town and sold them door to door. Our home was always open to friends and family who would drive out to visit. I often think of her wisdom, industry, and initiative and hope I reflect some of this in our home and our small farm.

  46. Mary Famisaran says:

    My favorite is my sister. She is 78 and raises Tennessee Walkers in Montana, she calls them Working Walkers because she used her personal one for rounding up cattle and bison,also endurance runs. She has always had a Can-Do attitude and knows how to Make-Do also. I admire and love her for her spirit and work ethic; even at -9 degrees.

  47. Jeanette Lamb says:

    I greatly admire Barbara Kingsolver. Her book “Animal, vegetable, miracle” is still one of the best books I have ever read and I aspire to be like her.

  48. Karin says:

    I’m really impressed with the hard work of the farmers at my local farmers’ market. I know how much work it is to garden successfully!

  49. Callie says:

    A beautiful woman farmer I know lives on the coast of the San Juan. Originally haI Ling from England, she fell in love on Friday harbour, took 6 years too get her visa as a full time resident and now grows produce for local restaurants and the farmers market. A beautiful person she is.

  50. Amanda Travis says:

    I don’t know too many women farmers. I do know an elderly lady at church that tends to a massive garden each year. She’s almost 80 years old, and she hauls water by herself from rain she has collected to water her garden. Not only is she an amazing woman of faith and a great example to all women, but she is so fascinating to talk to and glean gardening wisdom from.

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This enamel ware coffee pot reminds me of the one my grandmother always had sitting on the back of her wood stove.. She always said that you should place your egg shells in the pot because it made the coffee clear. Since it was perked on the stove, I am guessing that it was often cloudy with sediment, but I don’t know how the egg shells changed that. Ever heard of this technique?

  2. Nancy Coughlin says:

    Feel like I could drink this whole pot of coffee, right now!

  3. Teri Schneider says:

    This picture makes me want to go camping!

  4. terry steinmetz says:

    I can smell the coffee! Wish we lived closer.

  5. Dianna says:

    I love old kitchen ware and really like enamel ware. the coffee pot is like one my sister has that she still makes coffee in.

  6. LuAnnA says:

    I was lucky enough to inherit a similar coffee pot that was passed down from my great grandma, to my grandma, and then to me. It’s a lighter blue-color speckle finish, with an emerald green glass knob on the lid (which I’m guessing was added later when the original lid handle came off). I remember as a little girl admiring the knob on that coffee pot, which is why I’m guessing Grandma gifted it to me. I remember Grandma making egg coffee, and bringing this big pot full of coffee, and a basket full of sandwiches, out to the fields where my Dad, Grandpa, Great-Uncle, and older brothers were baling hay.

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Rent a Goat?

On Amazon?

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Amazon now offers goats for rent to help with your yard chores. The service, launched in late March and currently testing in the Seattle market, falls under the lawn and garden section in Amazon’s Home Services and is called Hire a Goat Grazer.

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Customers interested in this eco-friendly service are asked to answer a few questions, then Amazon sends an e-mail with estimated prices and times available for service. Seattle-based company Rent-A-Ruminent then delivers goats to your home and sets up fencing and a water source for them while they lunch.

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Goat owner Tammy Dunakin says the goats will immediately begin to eat most of what’s in their path, and what they leave behind, she will clear herself. Many of Tammy’s furry crew are rescue goats, and she takes good care of them. Her original herd of 10 goats has now grown to 120. Tammy’s goats are often seen clearing foliage along Seattle interstates, and Seattle City Light uses them to clear terrain that would otherwise be too dangerous for workers or machinery. Amazon jokes on its website that some droppings will probably be left behind as the goats graze and customers are encouraged to keep the fertilizer as a gift.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This is an interesting business endeavor! I have heard of using sheep to do the same task. For sure it is an environmentally useful idea and it sounds like the owners are careful that the goats won’t be around poisonous plants or traffic or dogs. It sounds like business is busting at the seams with such a huge herd increase. I hope they do well and continue to grow!

  2. Cindi says:

    Love love love this!!!!! I wonder… do they use pygmy goats for small jobs? I know that sounds like I’m making a joke, but really ~ I’ve seen what a normal size goat can do!

  3. Heather says:

    Have you heard about the goats that were used to clear a historic cemetery near the Anacostia river in Washington DC area? If I remember correctly one of the concerns there was for preventing invasive plant species from getting into the river; another was for protecting the historic monuments at the gravesites.

  4. Ginny D says:

    A glamping idea: if the cupboard doors won’t stay closed, you can make coordinating fabric-covered elastics on two adjacent door knobs, or use those left-over gathered, fabric-covered ponytail wraps.

  5. Ginny D says:

    Re: the perfect clothespin. I love hanging clothes on the line; it is meditative, gives me a chance to observe changes in the trees, watch and listen to the birds & squirrels chattering, feel the cooling effect of the damp clothes in a breeze on a hot, dry day… and more. It is a treasured summer activity.

  6. Leah says:

    I plan to use my goats to clear out the remains of this year’s garden. I already have a fence up to keep them out, so I just need to nudge them to the other side of the fence. It should take them about 2 days of eating the tender leaves I wouldn’t let them have all summer and I can till with relative ease for my fall vegetables.

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