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.
- Young Cultivators Merit Badge: Big Kid Now, Intermediate LevelThe adorable, always humorous MBA Jane is my way of honoring our Sisterhood Merit Badge program, now with 7,387 dues-paying members who have earned an amazing number of merit badges so far—10,656 total! Take it away, MBA Jane!!! ~MaryJane Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short).... 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 … Teresa Roberson! Teresa Roberson (carolinacateyes, #7386) has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a Beginner Level Plant It Forward Merit Badge! “I wish I had taken... Read more »
- Today’s Recipe: Crunchy Spring Chickpea SaladCRUNCHY SPRING CHICKPEA SALAD PREP TIME: 25 MINUTES, PLUS 2 HOUR COOLING TIME MAKES: 5 CUPS Dressing: 1/3 cup Greek yogurt 1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 T stone-ground mustard 1 T honey 1/2 t salt Salad: 1 15-oz can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained (about 1 1/2 cups) 4 celery stalks, finely diced (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 cup fresh or thawed frozen peas 1/2 fennel... Read more »
- Tiny HomesTiny homes are all the rage right now. And us farmgirls probably aren’t all that surprised. After all, downsizing, living responsibly and sustainably, saving money, leaving a small footprint, and going “off the grid” are all things we old-fashioned gals cherish. The average U.S. home is around 2,100 square feet,... Read more »
- Let’s Go ChampingIf you’re a farmgirl, you know all about glamping, but have you heard what tourists are doing in England? It’s called champing, and it just may be the best thing since the invention of s’mores. Churches + camping = champing! Picture this: unrolling your sleeping bag to sleep, not exactly under the stars,... Read more »