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.
- What’s That Sillage?What’s that smell? No, not the stuff in the silo (silage)—that distinct odor of fermenting corn or hay—but that lovely, faint, lingering scent … sillage Pronunciation: [sil-ij] (n.) the scent that lingers in air, the trail left in water, the impression made in space after something or someone has been and gone; the trace... Read more »
- Hear Ye!Welcome New Sisters! (click for current roster) Merit Badge Awardees (click for latest awards) My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Arlene Woods!!! Arlene Woods (Whirlwindwoman, #7241) has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Level Backyard Farmer Merit Badge! “I have 15 laying hens. (Started... Read more »
- Today’s Recipe: Gluten-free Carrot Muffins w/Cream Cheese FillingGLUTEN-FREE CARROT MUFFINS W/CREAM CHEESE FILLING PREP TIME: 30 MINUTES COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES MAKES: 12 MUFFINS Cream Cheese Filling 4 ozs cream cheese (about 1/2 cup), softened 2 T powdered sugar 1/4 t vanilla Carrot Muffins 1 1/4 cups MaryJane’s Gluten-free Budget Mix 1/4 cup raisins 1 t cinnamon 1/2 t ground ginger 1/4 t ground nutmeg 2 eggs, separated 1/4 cup coconut oil 2... Read more »
- clinomaniaclinomania (n.) an excessive desire to stay in bed Pronunciation: klin-oh-MAYN-nee-uh If you aren’t one now, you probably were one, back in your teenage days. A clinomaniac, I mean. I’d wager there’s one in every house … if you don’t know who it is, crack open those peepers and move the covers off... Read more »
- Young Cultivators Merit Badge: Weaving In and Out, Intermediate LevelThe adorable, always humorous MBA Jane is my way of honoring our Sisterhood Merit Badge program, now with 7,328 dues-paying members who have earned an amazing number of merit badges so far—10,420 total! Take it away, MBA Jane!!! ~MaryJane Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short).... Read more »