Mary Jane


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Carpenter, waitress, janitor, upholsterer, secretary, ranch hand, milkmaid, wilderness ranger, environmental activist, entrepreneur, author, and trend-setter, MaryJane Butters has worn many hats (and aprons) in her day, but none more proudly than that of modern-day farmgirl. Her organic lifestyle magazine, MaryJanesFarm, is available nationwide and she is the author of four books—most recently, Glamping with MaryJane. The book, full of practical how-to’s and plenty of MaryJane’s signature farmgirl charm, is the definitive guide to “glamping,” a term she coined when she combined glamour and camping by opening her wall-tent B&B, the first of its kind in the United States.

From her farm in Moscow, Idaho, she sells 60 different organic prepared foods and shares the message of simple organic living with readers of her magazine and her popular blog, Raising Jane. In addition, she is the creator of Project F.A.R.M. (First-class American Rural Made), an organization that employs rural women who sew totes, quilts, dolls, and more. She is also the owner of the historic Barron Flour Mill in Oakesdale, Washington, and owns two retail stores, one in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and one in her hometown of Moscow, Idaho, and designs and sells her own line of bedding and home décor sold in over 900 department stores. Business aside, MaryJane likes to brag that “going granny” has been her most important accomplishment to date. She is “Nanny” to six grandchildren, and two of her grown children and their spouses are employed full-time at her farm.

In addition to running her farm and businesses, MaryJane is known as Sister #1 to the more than 4,000 dues-paying members of her Farmgirl Sisterhood, a thriving, active community of women from all over the country, both citified and countrified, who come together to share their farmgirl dreams and big farmgirl hearts through MaryJane’s Farmgirl Connection chatroom and her GirlGab community of bloggers.

  • GIVEAWAY: “Budget Mix, Tiptoe Through the Flowers”
    Our flagship organic baking mix—Budget Mix® Original (available also in Gluten Free) has given birth to an additional nine new versions. All decked out in their new attire (packaging), they’re ready to help you with your next standout homemade meal. In the Feb/Mar 2019 issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Tiptoe Through the Flowers” (on... Read more »
  • GIVEAWAY: “Wild Bread, Tiptoe Through the Flowers”
    In the Feb/Mar 2019 issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Tiptoe Through the Flowers” (on newsstands Jan 1), I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a FREE copy of my newest book, Wild Bread. Wild Bread completely reinvents the concept of healthier-for-you, naturally fermented sourdough. Until now, sourdough was perceived as... Read more »
  • GIVEAWAY: “Organic on-the-go, Tiptoe Through the Flowers”
    In the Feb/Mar 2019 issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Tiptoe Through the Flowers” (on newsstands Jan 1), I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a FREE six-pack sampler of our Organic on-the-go single-serve meals.   For a chance to win, tell me where you might take our single-serve meals in the comments below.... Read more »
  • GIVEAWAY: ““Honeybee Heart, Tiptoe Through the Flowers”
    In the Feb/Mar 2019 issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Tiptoe Through the Flowers” (on newsstands Jan 1), I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a FREE copy of a new gem of an autobiography called A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings: A Year of Keeping Bees by British author... Read more »
  • GIVEAWAY: “Food Waste, Tiptoe Through the Flowers”
    In the Feb/Mar 2019 issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Tiptoe Through the Flowers” (on newsstands Jan 1), I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win a FREE copy of food journalist Jill Lightner’s new cookbook and sustainability guide, Scraps, Peels, and Stems: Recipes and Tips for Rethinking Food Waste at... Read more »
  • Angle of Repose
    Hmmmm, now where is my riding writing saddle? I can’t seem to locate it. It’s hard to get back into the saddle of things when it’s gone missing. Meanwhile, I hope I don’t forget how to type. But to be honest, I’m not feeling too sorry for my keyboard, because... Read more »
  • GIVEAWAY: “All American Clothespins, Out on a Limb”
    Thank you for dropping by my Raising Jane Journal to participate in my giveaways! We’ve chosen a winner for this giveaway already (see below), but don’t be afraid to leave a comment anyway. I love reading them. And stay tuned for more great MaryJanesFarm giveaways. For a chance to win 20... Read more »
  • WINNERS!!! Giveaway: Picnic Quilt
    The winners of our “Busy Bee Quilt, Le Picnic” giveaway are: DeAnna Hoyt-Zoeller, who said in response to our question, “Tell me all about your favorite picnic experience.”: “Our favorite picnic is at the beach. Blanket spread out on the sand, not too far from the waves, with our favorite sandwiches and... Read more »
  • In Absentia … until May 21
    On May 6, I turn 65. As a gift to myself, I’ve decided to go missing from most of my daily endeavors from now until Monday, May 21. I’m going to give my desk a good cleaning, close the screen on my laptop, and walk away. I want to revisit... Read more »
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