GIVEAWAY: “Patch Abilities, Dancin’ in the Rain”

And our winner is  … Sandra Winkles (see winners’ post here).

For a chance to win a free mini quilt pattern from Patch Abilities, tell me your favorite stitching pastime in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-April.


Find out more about Patch Abilities mini quilts in the April/May issue of MaryJanesFarm.

Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways. If you’re not yet a subscriber to my magazine, MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for $19.95/year.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    These little mini quilts look like fun to make. I think my favorite stitching pastime is embroidery. I also like to quilt panels that already have a little scene in place. It is fun to watch the scene pop as it gets quilted into a pillow or little wall hanging. I have some apple themed panels currently patiently waiting for work.

  2. Cathy R says:

    HOW CUTE! my favorite is cross stitch but would love to start making fun quilting projects. Thanks for the giveaway! Blessings to all!

  3. Joan H. says:

    I’ve done all kinds of needlework throughout my life: embroidery, crewel, needlepoint, cross stitch. But in recent years I’ve mostly sewn small to medium projects from clothing to bed quilts. My favorites are the small quilting projects, so this would be an excellent pattern for me to try. Thanks!

  4. Mary Pitman says:

    I like to crochet or do applique on quilt patterns. I love doing things with my hands, sewing or crocheting or quilting.
    Idle hands, devil’s workshop……….

  5. Linda says:

    I enjoy relaxing and hand quilting my quilts for family and friends. My first quilt was for my nephew, a Jacobs Ladder.

  6. Leisa Joan says:

    I like to knit & crochet. I’ve also been sewing since i was 12 or so.

  7. Linda says:

    My favorite stitching pastime is definitely quilting. I love seeing a quilt take shape, piece by piece. My favorite quilts are scrappy and pieced. Thanks so much for this give-away!

  8. Heather Majernik says:

    I love hand embroidery and cross stitch.

  9. Shannon says:

    My favorite stitching pastime is probably plastic canvas, though I love embroidery and cross stitch as well! If we are not talking hand-stitching, I absolutely LOVE sewing clothing!!!

  10. Sandi King says:

    I love to make pretty embroidery on pillowcases and give to my friends. I used to crochet doilies and throws. My sister-in-law asked me to make a pretty throw cover out of the granny square pattern which turned out very well.

  11. Penny Dietrich says:

    My favorite quilting project was a coat that I made for a 24″ Santa Claus project.

  12. deb church says:

    currently i do not do much hand stitching. i dream of getting back to it and small quilting is one thing i think of.

  13. Connie Hawkins says:

    I love making the crib quilt for our new grandbabies. I’m busy sewing a grey and yellow one now for Owen Patrick who is arriving this May.

  14. Helen Goodwin says:

    I have made some of your patterns and they are so easy to understand. I enjoy making small projects the most.

  15. My love for quilting has taken off since 1979…I belong to 3 quilting quilds that meet once a month….We do community projects for local hospitals. ..Giving is my passion. all your patterns…I spend most of my time home since my hubby had 5 tia’s. (CALLED MINI-STROKES)…rRead your wonderful. Inspiring article,,,,,,keep the patterns coming, all are wonderfu…l

  16. Libby Orenbaun says:

    I have made 3 queen sized quilts, several lap quilts that I gave away, and now I sew with a group of ladies from a local church. We sew tote bags, dresses and shorts for Nicaragua missions, adult bibs, capes and lap robes for the nursing homes, baby blankets and bibs for a local pregnancy agency for unwed mothers, pillows for the hospital and other items.

  17. LINDA M LUNDGREN says:

    Haven’t done any real “stitching” per se, but do know how to use a needle and thread. Mom taught us girls pretty young how to fix our clothing quickly BESIDES using a safety pin! Know most of the mending tricks, have TRIED some needlepoint but didn’t get too far. Thought it might be fun trying “something new” in my retirement. Thanks.

  18. Janis Gooding says:

    I love the Patch Abilities kits. I have finished a couple of the kits; Butterfly house, XMas Stocking, Thanksgiving turkey, etc. I love to quilt and do some cross stitch projects. I am currently sewing up some aprons for my sisters and I to wear when we are quilting. Thanks!

  19. Christi says:

    I am fairly new t quilting. When my grandma Loretta died years ago she left a partially finished quilt which she had been working on right up to the end. Her tenacity enthralled me! I picked it up and continued the cross-stitch embroidery she had begun. I knew how to cross-stitch, I learned as a child. I hit a wall however, I didn’t have a clue how to piece or quilt this lovely thing. Afraid or spoiling such a treasure, I set out to learn the proper way to finish it. Once I began learning I just couldn’t stop. A huge work opened up

  20. Heather says:

    I recently experimented with punch needle embroidery and throughly enjoyed it…I would love to expand my horizons to mini quilting next!

  21. Rhonda says:

    I favorite stitching pastime is hand quilting!!

  22. Cherie Heath says:

    My current favorite past time is cross-stitching. Love the relaxation of it and seeing the finished project come to life.

  23. Tracey Fisher says:

    I enjoy sewing clothing and quilting table runners. It is my stress reliever.

  24. Kristi Curran says:

    I love to quilt, cross-stitch, crochet and sew aprons! I always have many projects going at one time!

  25. Wanda Bennett says:

    I am a tatter and a quilter. I love piecing quilts and seeing them come together. These patch abilities are adorable and would be fun to make.

  26. sandra winkles says:

    I have done everything in stitching over the years but now do quilting. Love to applique using cotton and wool. Love your designs that they are happy and doable in a short period of time.

  27. sandra winkles says:

    I am a quilter. Love your designs they are happy and doable in a short period of time.

  28. Alise says:

    My favorite stitching pastimes are embroidery and crewel. I just love slowly “painting” a picture with thread like you can with these wonderful art forms.

  29. Brenda Critell says:

    My favorite stitching project is piecing quilts on my sewing machine. My favorite hand sewing project is binding the quilt. It is very relaxing. 🙂

  30. Anne M Rowe says:

    Loved embroidering when I was a kid and keep coming back to it again and again over the years. Shortly after I was married (way back in 1968) I embroidered a tiger tiger face in a ring of flowers from a kit I bought at Sears. Was probably a real spurge back then, but it’s still hanging on my wall!

  31. Denise Trine says:

    I haven’t done any handwork for a long time – used to sew, cross-stitch, crewel, embroider, quilt, and have recently tried “hand-knitting”… my first job in high school was in a fabric store – need I say more!?! I was searching for a quick quilt project like this about ten years ago while at a conference in Scottsbluff, NE – quilt shop didn’t have anything – I’ll be they do now!

  32. EVERYTHING I can learn. I hand knit scarves, create repurposed jean gifts, working on crochet to make a rug and sewing and I cross stitch whenever I can.
    Most go as gifts but I do sell some too!
    A customer sent me a box of jeans and sweatshirts from her deceased husband and I pieced them together to make her a lap quilt with a sweatshirt pocket lining so she could put her hands in it.

  33. Dagmar Burrer says:

    What a fun project. I live in Colorado but am from Germany, and it hardly ever rains here. I miss it. This wouls be a great reminder. Love your blog.

  34. kellie Eggers says:

    I love making little girls fancy church dresses! When my daughters were little I LOVED the expensive stuff so I just learned to sew it. I would go through the remnants and get the five for a dollar patterns and we looked like a million bucks. Those patterns taught me to sew and didn’t require a lot of tailoring the way womens patterns do.

  35. Loretta Michael says:

    I don’t have one at this time but will find one soon.

  36. Robin says:

    I really enjoy hand sewing, because you can take it with you to appointments and sports events. I LOVE quilting! Thanks for all you do for us!

  37. debi says:

    I have always enjoyed cross-stitch and have made a laptop quilt , but I find I have gotten out of the stitching habit — I would like to get back to stitching and this looks like it would be a great project — I now also enjoy seeing my granddaughters enjoying stitching crafts too …

  38. Sandy Minnich says:

    These mini quilts look adorable. I love to knit and spin. Right now I am knitting doll dresses for my grand-daughters

  39. Barbara Johnston says:

    Quilting gives me a mental break from the demands of my job. I haven’t really tried appliqué yet, but love the look of these small quilts.

  40. Alice Jackson says:

    I just sewed an Annie Oakley outfit for my 9 year old granddaughter and I have sewn quilts for 5 of my six grandchildren. I started out finishing the first one soon after their birth. I have one left to quilt for my almost 5 year old grandson. My daughter designed it and it is animals gathering wood for a camp fire to roast acorns. I better get busy!

  41. Daizy says:

    Hay there,

    Well, aren’t those just too cute?!? Love the whimsy look. I guess my favorite at this time would be big stitch quilting. I have enjoyed everything from cross stitch to crewl and everything in between. I enjoy good fabrics and soft yarns and different scenes.

    You are so nice to offer these give aways. Its always fun to read all the comments too.

    Hugs and prayers,

  42. arlene wilder says:

    I make prayer lap quilts and I always love doing the satin stitch and French knots for flowers

  43. Linda Estes says:

    I am currently trying to learn how to quilt and crotchet. My grandmother did both and I wish she were here to teach me. She did beautiful work and I hope I will do the same. My mother taught me how to embroidery when I was four years old and still do it and love it. I can sew and use to make my clothes when I was a teenager and even my wedding dress when I got married. Thank you for giving me the chance to win and helping me to learn in quilting.

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Winner!!! Project F.A.R.M. Giveaway: Clothespin Queen

The winner of my “Project F.A.R.M.: Clothespin Queen” giveaway is: Brenda Wheeler, who said:

“That bag is as cute as can be! A little trick I learned to keep blue jeans from fading so fast is to hang them wrong side out. Also, I to undo the button and zipper. It doesn’t take so long for the placket around the zipper to dry and it also lets air around the pockets. Another thing I do is to only put the clothespin on socks from the top and through only one layer of fabric. I have found that thick work socks dry faster and it doesn’t seem to stretch the tops. I have been hanging my clothes out for at least 43 years now. Love the smell, and they last so much longer. Thanks for all the previous tips, ladies.”

Read the original post for the GIVEAWAY (thank you to the 69 women who shared their favorite laundry tips).

  1. Brenda Wheeler says:

    Thank You so much!! What a wonderful surprise! So glad I found Mary Jane’s magazine at a Tractor Supply Store in my area. Since I joined the Sisterhood, I have made many new friends and love every thing about Mary Jane’s Farm. Hope it will be able to continue for many years to come. Thank You Again.

  2. Clothespin Queen says:

    Congrats to Brenda! I’d love to see your new bag in action if you get a chance! You can email me through my Etsy shop! Happy Line Drying!

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GIVEAWAY: “Dancin’ in the Rain, Soil Sisters”

And our winners are … Michelle, Kellie Eggers, Catherine Harris, Annette, Phyllis Mogensen Kochert, Alicia Winkler, Terry Steinmetz, Denise, Becka Gagne, and Laurie Scott (see winners’ post here).

For a chance to win a free copy of Lisa Kivirist’s new book, Soil Sisters: a Toolkit for Women Farmers (we have 10 of these wonderful books to give away!), tell me something you do that makes you a farmgirl in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-April.

Find out more about Lisa’s book in the April/May issue of MaryJanesFarm. Launch your farm dream, soil sister!

Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways. If you’re not yet a subscriber to my magazine, MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for $19.95/year.

  1. Becka Gagne says:

    I have been farming on a small scale for over twenty years and love the rituals of the seasons… The season of dreaming and imagining is coming to an end and the season of seeds is opening! Organize, sort, order and start! Trying to figure out a funding plan that will get my dream barn built over the next couple years…

  2. Phyllis Mogensen Kochert says:

    I am born & bred farm girl, e.g. my farm heritage goes back to Denmark on my dad’s side. I am oldest of 8 kids who worked the family farm in southcentral Idaho. I still live in the same county with my husband (an Indiana farm kid) and we own 97 acres of lava rock interspersed with sand & loam. Mostly I garden, in raised beds due to lava bed beneath. It is so satisfying to eat a meal that is mostly home grown, organically of course. Our load of compost from local dairies is coming soon. I love to plan my vegie garden on paper first, then use it for reference during the season. We also plant food & cover crops for wildlife (deer, pheasants, waterfowl, etc.), cooperating with Idaho Fish and Game and US Fish and Wildlife Service. Yay, farming!!

  3. Dee says:

    I moved to Napa Valley to learn about wine & farming & took all classes in Viticulture
    Who knew farming made me understand so much about mother nature’s cycles & the glorious feel of getting your hands in the dirt & getting excited to watch things Grow!

  4. Christine Erdman says:

    I am a true FarmGirl…. I live on a beef cattle farm with my husband. We have Angus beef cattle. I love gardening. I also bottle raised a premature calf that only weighed 25 lbs when born, (considering other baby calfs weigh approximately 90lbs when born). It was a lot of hard and work and sometimes heartaches when I thought she wasn’t going to make it… Thank God she did. She now will be four years old in June and had a baby bull of her own. Needless to say she is the queen of the barnyard. Her name is Summer Girl… and she will never be sold or ate! I also grow Atlantic Giant Pumpkins. That can be quite a challenge as there is so many obstacles to overcome that someone would never think of until they try it their self. This year I reached my best personal goal of 1,026.5 lbs… I am looking forward to pumpkin season starting up in April… I give my husband a hand with tagging, shots and banding, and weighing our baby calves when they are born. I also give him a hand with haying. My job is raking and putting the hay in wind rows. I truly love being a Farm Girl…

  5. Nancy Couden says:

    Small town gardener. Some years the garden produces and produces. Other years it is hard work to get it to produce. The weather can be cruel. Turning more of our flower beds to food beds. When we have had enough of the crop, just let the flowers bloom and the bees are everywhere in the fall up to the freeze that finishes the flowers. Last year some of my broccoli flowered before I got to it–and the bees were all over it. I always let my onions bloom and the birds and bees go crazy–and the onions come back every year. God takes care of his creation.

  6. Laurie Scott says:

    We live in a country suburban atmosphere. I enjoy getting my raised beds ready for planting my veggie garden. My 8 yr. old granddaughter also enjoys helping Nana with planning and planting. Watching the seeds grow in their different stages. I have been doing this for many years with my granddaughter. It’s a great learning experience for us. I also have fruit trees that bear us fruit. Love the idea that might near all our fruit and veggies are homegrown and pesticide free/organic. My children live close by and I share my harvesting with them. I live in TX. so I can plant almost year round and what I don’t share I can.

  7. amber hersh says:

    Besides doing the normal farm stuff. Tend to my garden, my animals, my place I feel more at home with the soil between my toes and the fresh country breeze in my face. I value and love the life so much it was important after going out in the world to “find myself” and travel the world to only return to my roots and start our farm and raise our kids the same way as well. Never felt so blessed to live so simple. <3

  8. Christine Long says:

    I plant a small garden 🙂

  9. Debbie Shue says:

    Just dream about farming and raising animals..hard to do while living in the big city.

  10. Bev Bass-Dunning says:

    I shovel manure everyday I call it my Glamour Work I would rather clean the barn or the chicken coop than my house😀

  11. Heather Olds says:

    I’ve been gardening/farming since I was 12 (I’m now 36 😊). I took a sod cutter to my front lawn last Fall to make room for more veggies!

  12. Annette says:

    I raised 3 kids to love the farm life. My dh died when they were teens. Because of the aftermath, I couldn’t give them much except some old buildings , and the love of a farm life. Today as young adults, all three have soil in their veins, and are actively involved in various agricultural endeavors. I cant even explain how happy i am to see my son rubbing the soil between his fingers, anothet son whose smile you cant wipe off his face, all because he gets to run a combine, or my dd who is learning so much about vegtables. I did it and I am proud of myself…..

  13. We farm on a small scale. I do my best to raise as much food as I can for my family. It brings me joy and my family is healthier! 🙂 I love learning to preserve new items every year. I am always learning!

  14. jaylyn morehouse says:

    What makes me a farmgirl: I wear my Muck boots with dresses, I long for nice days so that I can dry our clothes outside in the fresh air, my counters are frequently filled with bubbly fermentation experiments, we’re in the process of purchasing land to urban farm on, and despite having no yard temporarily.. I was determined to have a garden so we have a concrete driveway with a gigantic rolling raised bed! I cannot wait to have my chickies, goats and milk cow next year!

  15. I’m working hard to make the most of our 1/2 acre. This year my 5 year twins and I will be planting a 30′ X 30′ veggie garden (starting our seeds indoors this week!) and adding 6 chickens to our family. We have 3 maple trees so we tapped them a couple of weeks ago and are already enjoying maple syrup. We are learning together! I make soap but teaching my girls how to cook, knit and sew is pretty terrific. I love learning how to be self sufficient!

  16. Vickie says:

    I am country at heart. Been canning for 47 years, make my own soaps, lotions, and working hard at detoxing all I can. Would love to know what the best kettles are that are safe. (?), anyone done the research?

  17. I do chicken chores in my pajamas 😉

  18. Gaye says:

    Farm girl at heart. I’m in the big city have always grown something even whrn I didn’t have a yard, a porch would do. No porch a windowsill! Now I’m lucky enough to have a garden plot at a community garden and even get to visit and feed the chickens in another. It’s just peace.

  19. Emily Race says:

    I came from a family that never bothered with anything Farmgirl. I met my now husband and moved to Montana. In the last 12 years of our marriage I have learned more and more about farmgirl life. It started with chickens and a small garden. I now can all summer long to provide for our family all year long. I also crochet and repurpose to keep our bills to a minimum. I am also teaching my girls there are more ways to get food than at the store. We enjoy harvesting our garden as well as collecting berries from the forest every summer. I would love to expand our knowledge and garden to further our self sufficient life.

  20. Barbara Matthews says:

    I live on twelve acres in Kentucky, have five beautiful egg laying chickens whom I call the girls, no roosters, there is a sign on the door of their coop that reads “No Boys Allowed”. I tell my husband every chance I get that my next husband is going to let me have a tractor, that’s probably not going to happen considering I turned sixty eight today and have been married to him fifty one of those years. I love the smell of freshly turned fields, new mowed hay and the sound of the deep creek that surrounds my place running over the rocks. Everything country is me!

  21. Colleen says:

    I have been a “farmer” since I was a little girl (long ago) and was berry picking/farming with my Dad and Grandma. As an adult, I planted berry patches, from which I share with my family, friends, and neighbors.

  22. Sandy says:

    As far back as I remember, growing up in San Francisco, all I wanted was to live on a ranch. I was a horse crazy little girl. All my dreams eventually came true and although I no longer have my own horses, I still live the farm life. I’ve been gardening for many years and now at age 74, after moving to a small house, am about to build myself some raised beds so I can at least grow my own veggies. I believe you are born with this desire to love and care for the land.

  23. Deborah says:

    I raise chickens and rabbits. We have 50 acres and have had 100 goats and sheep at one time. I try to have a garden every year.

  24. Marion O'Neill says:

    I left suburbia and got some chickens!

  25. Gardening, farming, homesteading, “critters” are in your blood. Don’t believe it? Get away from it for a while. I moved from WY to Denver, CO almost 2 years ago. I have 40 acres and some “Dream Seeds” I left in WY. Feeling an incredible pull to get back to where I belong.

  26. Linette Batterman says:

    I was raised on a dairy farm, the dairy is gone, but our family still owns the land. Growing up, My mom and I had a 7 acre garden (I thought it was 5 acres, until last year when my brothers set me straight!) To this day I have always had a garden, whether it was pots on an apartment balcony or a garden spot in the corner of the lot. Now I have a combination of a raised bed (hoping for an additional one this year), ground planting and container plantings. Just today I started my onion and shallot seeds inside. I can’t wait to get started in the garden each year, half wishing it was still my “7 acre patch”, but knowing that at my age now, I probably better stick to my back yard!

  27. Michelle says:

    I love living in rural Oklahoma! My hubby and I have done so for 25+ years…while raising cattle. While some were raised for BEEF many are bred and born for show calves. I am a stay at home wife, mom and Grams to one feisty one year old Grandson! (he loves to feed cows with his Pops) Love everything that raising 100+ head of cattle brings to my life. I enjoy living the life of a “Farmgirl” and everything it has to offer!

  28. Debbie Burrows says:

    Growing up farm country girl, I sometimes took for granted the joy of it. The hard work ethics have carried me into adulthood. I love going home to my mother’s true farm, helping her with things I didn’t enjoy as much but knew had to be done as a child. I CHERISH THEM NOW. I still sew and make homemade crafts, I love canning and calling Mama for advice when I’m trying something new. I garden on a smaller scale. Love homegrown vegetables. At the moment starting to make homemade soap. I’m looking forward to retirement so I can go back to my roots and teach my grandchildren the BLESSINGS of farming. I AM KICKING MY SHOES OFF ALL DAY LONG GOING BAREFOOT WHEN EVER POSSIBLE!

  29. I have been farming for my family for over 30 years on less than 1/2 acre. We raise most of our own vegetables and herbs which in turn are canned, pickled and dehydrated for enjoyment all year long.

    One of my twin daughters is going to carry on the tradition now in Sandpoint, Idaho. She plans to homestead with her boyfriend.

    I compost, have a triple decker worm bin in our basement and do not use ANY chemicals for our yard, trees or garden.

  30. Pamela Hornbacher-Retzler says:

    I grew up on a farm, I learned so much about gardening and my Mom’s deep love for the flowers she planted at the edge of her garden every year! I do the same in memory of her!

  31. Connie Hawkins says:

    Every year we expand our farm family. This year we will be adding 5 turkeys to the barnyard. I spent the winter reading up on the breed and how to raise them properly.

  32. Rachael says:

    I’m a small town country girl. I plant a large vegetable garden every year that I plan during the winter months and when summer comes that’s where I spend most of my free time. I also raise chickens as a hobby.

  33. Jodi says:

    I was born and raised a farmgirl in Oregon and Montana. I didn’t appreciate it and left for the city at 18. After many years of other adventures I am now anchored in Hawaii as my husband and I wait for a weather window to sail back to my roots and dig our fingers into the soil again. Thank you for your magazine which has inspired much dreaming of our land based adventures to come!

  34. Mackenzie says:

    I was born a farm girl on my parents 120 acre ranch in Missouri . . . and then I grew up to integrate farming into my life with my little 2 acre hobby homestead. I have a breed conservancy project going with my meat rabbits, and I also raise chickens and dairy goats. I love being a farm girl!

  35. Rhonda Bowdy says:

    I live in a mobile home park in Florida. Wish I had land. My extent of farming is gardening in raised beds and containers.

  36. Kristen says:

    I have been blessed to purchase a little piece of heaven to start building my farm/homestead. I am very excited to learn as much as I can about creating this wonderful sanctuary. There is a lot to learn & I think this book would be perfect in helping me achieve my goals.

  37. Charity Shindle says:

    Wonderful !

  38. Charity Shindle says:

    I am taking canning classes…I come from city folk. Learning all I can and hunting property to start a farm. Currently, I am sans one pantry and one bathroom that have been converted into my apartment farm😀

  39. Carol Frenette says:

    I live on a farm and have chickens and cows a long with barn cats galore. I love the magazine and read it everyday after I collect the eggs from the chickens for the day. It would mean a lot to get this book.

  40. Anne M Rowe says:

    I live on a small acreage in what I fondly call “the wilds of Kansas.” My big experiment this year is planting a straw bale garden. Hope to get it started about April 1. Loving and appreciating the “farm” now more than I ever did as a kid!

  41. Cheryl OMara says:

    I grow a small garden every year. I always start my plants from seed and have plenty of “orphans” to give away! This year my husband and I are remodeling his family farmhouse and moving there. I can’t wait to have more space again to have chickens and ducks. I am also toying with the idea or starting a lavender farm!

  42. kellie Eggers says:

    Most of the things I do that make me a farm girl make many people think I’m crazy! Longing for ducklings for my young girls on Easter, I arranged for a good friend to take them after 2 days and she had a lovely property with a pond. We were in an apartment and actually let them in the bathtub briefly. I plant absolutely anywhere I can tuck anything. I have a yearning to sew all of my own clothes and just want everything to be handmade which oddly not enough people can relate to. Kellie Eggers

  43. Cindy Angel says:

    We have a huge garden that has been in the family since 1972.We do a lot of canning for our family and friends. It feels so good to give these gifts! We start all our seedlings in doors and my husband is currently building a greenhouse to extend our planting season!

  44. Terry Steinmetz says:

    I love to pick my veggies and flowers in my pajamas all summer. I would love to read what other things that others do, just for the fun of it.

  45. Thank you so much for the chance to win this extraordinary book, I am so excited and Praying I win!

    My “farmgirl” life began early as a child when my father got me a calf! What an experience I had with her raising her! The farm gave me a relationship with my father that I will hold close to my heart forever and ever! I now have 16 chickens 7 of them are baby Marans! I love to blog about this amazing life I have on my piece of heaven, #harrisfarms”. Two years ago my life took a huge turn i was diagnosed with MS, I went from “corporate climbing” back to my roots of “farmgirl”! I am thankful for this turn in my life because I see the world now! I am excited to hopefully add goats and a cow to our little adventure one day! Please feel free to visit my little blog and again thank you for this opportunity, I hope I win!

  46. Christina says:

    I am a farmgirl:) I love to work in my garden come spring, as well as plant whatever plants I can get my hands on. Going barefoot is something I’ve always done as well. 😉

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GIVEAWAY: “Dancin’ in the Rain, Soil Sisters”

And our winners are … Michelle, Kellie Eggers, Catherine Harris, Annette, Phyllis Mogensen Kochert, Alicia Winkler, Terry Steinmetz, Denise, Becka Gagne, and Laurie Scott (see winners’ post here).

For a chance to win a free copy of Lisa Kivirist’s new book, Soil Sisters: a Toolkit for Women Farmers (we have 10 of these wonderful books to give away!), tell me something you do that makes you a farmgirl in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-April.

Find out more about Lisa’s book in the April/May issue of MaryJanesFarm. Launch your farm dream, soil sister!

Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways. If you’re not yet a subscriber to my magazine, MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for $19.95/year.

  1. Brenda White says:

    Although I don’t live on a farm, my dad was raised on a farm in Sunfield Michigan and on weekends I and my siblings would spend weekends on that same farm. I have fantastic memories from those many visits. We had the run of the land, grandma would give us tractor rides and “let us drive” with him in control. Grandma made everything from scratch. I still make her famous buns. She was the best cook I have known in my life. She taught me many things including crochet. I now own 8 chickens and my husband and I call them our urban hens. We have fresh eggs and also garden. Canning, making jams and are ever working to be sustainable. My favorite way to spend a Saturday morning is by the pond with the chickens running the yard, a good cup of coffee, my knitting, and a sunny day😄

  2. Cindi says:

    A toolkit for women farmers ~ now that’s the kind of book that belongs tucked into a girl’s bag and carried everywhere!

  3. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I like the graphics and title of this book for women. Although I have never lived on a farm or consider myself a farmer, I DO feel that I am a Farmgirl. For me, being a Farmgirl means embracing and appreciating our precious Earth and respecting how soil and nature must be in a balance to grow healthy food. Since I am not growing the food, I support organic Farmers, our Farmer’s market, and American Land Trust. I also enjoy keeping alive those home skills of canning, eating and cooking with fresh ingredients, and living more simply. Thomas Jefferson once said that being a farmer was the most important endeavor of any man. He dearly loved growing and experimenting with various plants at his beloved Monticello. All of this , of course, was in between writing the Declaration of Independence, serving as Secretary of State, being the third President, founding the University of Virginia and the Virginia Statutes of Religious Freedom which were the foundation of the US Constitution. However, Jefferson was most content when he could live , study, experiment and cultivate at Monticello.

  4. Deon Matzen says:

    I have had a small farm for forty years now with chickens and a VERY large veggie garden. We raise most of our own vegetables for the year and give the extras to the local soup kitchen and food bank. It’s a lot of work, but it gives me a great deal of joy as well.

  5. Krista says:

    I too have never been raised on a farm, but I do have family that either own a farm or have grown up on a farm. I believe what makes me a farmgirl is the way I better my family and the world, the way that I can. By growing a garden, recycling, lowering the use of electricity and water, exercising, etc. I am changing the way my family lives and providing them with a healthier and happier life. By doing these simple things I am making a difference. You don’t have to own a farm to be a farm girl, it’s a lifestyle!

  6. terry steinmetz says:

    I was not raised on a farm, but my grandparents owned one and I lived only 3 miles from them. I loved to go to the farm and check everything out. My grandfather taught me to drive his tractor, ride the combine & hay wagon. He shared with me how the soybeans and wheat grew, what the farm needed to sustain itself. I also love the barn and especially the pigs. Chickens and I did not get along, especially my grandmother’s prize rooster. He attacked me many times before grandma rescued me by ringing his neck when she caught him jumping on my neck! I even raised a couple of ducks. Farming to me also is about the picnics, family dinners, fresh veggies & fruits, and sitting in grandma’s favorite apple tree–when I didn’t get caught! I learned many lessons on my grandparents farm for which I truly am glad. My hubby was raised on a couple farms, too. We have 40 acres and do a garden, apple orchards, rhubarb & asparagus. And then on the back of the place is where my glamper sits and I enjoy going to each each day. Life is good! A farmgirl even if only in small ways and big dreams!

  7. Gigi Thompson says:

    I have lived in the big city most of my life, but exposed to my husband’s family rural farm where we now live. His parents had cows, fruit trees and many vegetables. How fortunate for me to now be a farmgirl; my dream of having chickens has materialized with four little fluff balls peeping in their brooder.The spring garden was very productive, however my fall garden was washed out from excessive rain. This book “Soil Sisters” would really help this novice farmgirl. If not won it will be purchased.

  8. Elisabeth Perkins says:

    My family tries to live self-sustaining! We raise our own Beef, Chicken, Pork. We grow all our own vegetables. My dad has honeybees and we also have many different apple, pear and peach trees. For many years I raised my own calfs and sold them to earn money. Although I live at home right now, I plan to do all these things when I have a home of my own. Plus more!! Hopefully that will include owning a milk cow!

  9. Cheryl says:

    My fondest memories of my entire life are of my Grandad taking me to my great grandma’s house for the summer. Corn fields, ponds, smoke houses, hay barn, well water, wood burning stoves for heat and cooking, feather beds, chickens, pigs, cattle, 1955 Oldsmobile, going into town on Saturday, drinking Fanta, hanging clothes on the line and that smell ~ oh the smells on the farm are the best. I’m a true farm girl at heart and love getting my hands in the dirt.

  10. Denise says:

    I grew up on a farm. A chicken farm. My dad was great at what he did raising those chickens. We never had problems with people knowing there was a chicken around because he kept the coops clean and we had many happy, healthy hens for all those years. He is 90 now and lives with us. I glean much from him about taking care of our hens and about gardening. We always had a big garden and with free fertilizer right in the hen house. 😊 I enjoy learning all I can about gardening. I feel like I am getting part of my childhood back as I was the baby of my family and I was born later in my parents life. I enjoy all the memories we are making now as well as the ones from my childhood. I have always considered myself a farmgirl.

  11. Raising as much food as I can, and cooking everything from scratch! <3 being a farm girl!

  12. Sandi King says:

    When I was a girl I lived on a farm with my parents and 2 brothers in New York State. My grandmother had owned the land and sold it to my mother. Later on after we moved out west to Arizona, my uncle lived on the farm but didn’t pay the taxes so it was lost back to the state. I remember so many good things about our farm. I had chickens and a calf and dogs and kittens, a snow fort in the winter, woods to roam in the summer, bath-time in a metal tub with rainwater from the barrel outside our modest little house. We had a cellar with a trap door in the living room floor and stairs into the cellar where we had shelves of home grown canned foods. Simple everyday life. Nowadays I keep a flower garden, strawberry patch, and grow tomatoes and peppers in our front yard and we have a few raspberry and blackberry bushes that were given to us by a neighbor. Back yard is our dogs patch. I came across your magazine about a year ago, subscribed and read them front to back and over and over. I will renew my subscription this month. Have purchased a few things from your magazine and those who you advertise there. I hope to have chickens, but my son says no to the backyard cow. I am 71 and enjoying every minute of life.

  13. Rhonda Stamm says:

    I grew up in an urban area with small farms (in the 60’s & early 70’s). They used both horses and tractors for work in the fields. We had a small amount of acreage between my dad & uncle that I was lucky enough to have chickens, ducks, turkey & other fowl. We also had rabbits & pigs. I always knew where some of our food came from; even if I did have names for a few of them! My favorite animal of all we had were the ponies and horses. So, out of high school, I became a veterinary technician. I love taking care of any kind of animal. My dad and uncle had the green thumbs in the family, but thru the years, I have managed to grow some vegetables. I along with my husband have purchased our own 13 acres recently. I’m looking forward to having the room for some small animals, a horse or 2 and maybe a yak! My dream is to have a “home grown” business. I would like to do this in my life at this point to sustain ourselves and so my grandkids can learn the things I have learned & have yet to learn.

  14. Andrea says:

    I am a farm girl at heart! My mom was raised on a farm and as a young girl, I loved visiting my grandparents and spending time in their garden eating ground cherries and being out in nature! Although my dad was raised a city boy, he was the one who planted a vegetable garden, raised a goat and chickens and learned all he could about being a farmer when I was a child. Now, my husband and I own a small property by a river. I grow vegetables, including corn, herbs, and fruit. I have 2 concord grapevines. I have learned how to make grape jam, can, pickle, store and preserve the harvest. I would love to be a full-fledged farm with a cow, goats, and chickens (my neighbors chickens visit me on a regular basis)! Each year I am learning more about homesteading. I even made cold frames to extend the growing season! Each year my garden gets bigger and bigger! I would love a copy of Soil Sisters!

  15. Julie Thompson says:

    I was raised on the farm and I believe once a farm girl ,always a farm girl. I have wanted to live on a farm for the last 45 years and 3 months ago moved to a farm. I’m waiting for the weather to warm up so I can start seeds for gardening and get set up to raise chickens. Who knows what could be next. Just feels good to breathe in that country fresh air that I have longed for. I have met Lisa and have her other books and this one looks even better.

  16. Tywana Lambert says:

    I live on a small homestead in Southwest MS, a recently retired determined to raise Boer goats and heritage poultry. I could glean useful information from this book!

  17. Kathy O'Hara says:

    I love being in the garden, on my knees and plunging my hands deep into the soil. The growth that we enjoy in our gardens and that which is provided by Mother Nature is a lovely way to ground ourselves in the grand beauty designed by our Creator. It is not by accident that ancient life began in a garden….

  18. arlene wilder says:

    we grow our own food and canning too. This is a book I would love to own and keep. I read a lot on farming for information and try to stay up to date on what other people share in farming

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WINNERS!!! Giveaways: “Hearts a-Flutter”

In the Feb/Mar issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Hearts a-Flutter,” I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win some special giveaways, everything from books to ChillOver Powder to a year-long Sisterhood membership. Following, you’ll find the winners of all six giveaways. Thank you to all who participated by leaving comments, and stay tuned for more giveaways in each issue of MaryJanesFarm. If you’re not yet a subscriber to MaryJanesFarm, subscribe here for $19.95/year.


The winner of my “Milk Cow Kitchen, Hearts a-Flutter” giveaway (for a free copy of my Milk Cow Kitchen book) is: Nikki Hurlbut, who left this comment in response to “Tell me the name of your milk cow (even if it’s still only a fantasy) …”

“My (fantasy) milk cow’s name is Myrtle. I am a young mother to 4, so hopefully one of these days, we’ll be able to have one of our own!!”


The winner of my “Do Unto Animals, Hearts a-Flutter” giveaway (for a free copy of Tracey Stewart’s book, Do Unto Animals) is Denise, who left this comment in response to “Tell me about your favorite pet animal (real or imaginary) …”

“I just lost my favorite girl on the 9th of this month. Her name was Shelbyanne and she was a sweet little Boston terrier. I had her for 13 years. Would love to be entered for this. I’m an avid animal lover and would love to learn all I can.”


The TWO winners of my “Annie Sloan, Hearts a-Flutter” giveaway (for free copies of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint Workbook) are:

Jona Newcomb, who left this comment in response to “Tell me what your favorite color of lipstick is and at what age you think you first painted your lips …”

“My favorite color lipstick is fuchsia! I love a pop of color. I was about 12 years old when I discovered lip gloss, but once I found lipstick I never looked back. I’d love to win this book. I’ve been contemplating redoing my kitchen cabinets and would love to learn more about this fabulous paint.”


Carrie, who commented:

“My first lipstick experiment was when I was 9 – my Mom’s. She always wore beautiful pinks and coral shades that suited her coloring. Alas, barely-there neutrals in shades of rose and mauve suit me best, though most days I think Blistex and Carmex are what I tend to apply.”


The winner of my “Farmgirl Sisterhood, Hearts a-Flutter” giveaway (for a free, one-year membership to the Farmgirl Sisterhood) is Rachele, who left this comment in response to “Tell me how MaryJanesFarm connects you to other women …”

“My aunt subscribed me to this magazine and I got my first issue this month. I think I might have read it 4-5 times now and I keep finding new interesting things. I’m a country girl in the city. When I read about the Farmgirl Sisterhood, I instantly got excited and so desperately want to be a part of this group! I would love to learn from other women and grow as a person. Someday, I would love to have my own garden (city garden) and I absolutely love animals and have dreamed of having chickens. I have 2 boys who I think would love and grow from this as well. I can’t wait for the next issue and I hope I win!!”


The winner of my “Moo-n Over Main Street, Hearts a-Flutter” giveaway (for a free copy of my children’s book, Moo-n Over Main Street Metropolis) is Shannon Hudson, who left this comment in response to “Tell me what your favorite dairy product is …”

“Cheese!!! I absolutely love cheese … and all types of cheese! I think that is what I am looking forward to the most when I have my own dairy animals – learning to make cheese!”


The winner of my “ChillOver Powder, Hearts a-Flutter” giveaway (for a free sample of my ChillOver Powder) is Jeri Hart, who left this comment in response to “Tell me about the most memorable gelatin dessert you’ve ever eaten (good or bad) …”

“Love your magazine!!!! Anyway, my favorite gelatin dessert was a wonderful layered desert that contained cherry or raspberry jello, sour cream, pineapple, gelatin and whipped cream. I was given the recipe in 1990 … I hadn’t made it in 10 years, and when my kids asked about it, I pulled it out of the old 3×5 box and it was too faded to read … Couldn’t read all ingredients or the measure amounts. Would love to try your new ChillOver Powder in your pineapple , pretzel & cream dream recipe in the Feb/March issue of MaryJanesFarm!”

Congratulations, winners!!!

  1. Denise says:

    I just wanted to thank you for having these giveaways. Also, to congratulate everyone. I am excited and looking forward to reading the Do Unto Animals book. Thanks again, MaryJane not only for the giveaway but for your wonderful forum where I have learned so much and made so many friends over the years!

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  8. Marilyn Godfrey says:

    Congratulations to the winners. Awesome prizes too.

  9. Vickie says:

    How could there be winnerd? My issue just came today. Bummer!

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