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Aprilla Rain
Farmgirl in Training

20 Posts

April
Fort walton beach Florida
USA
20 Posts

Posted - Feb 21 2015 :  4:15:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It was back in 2006 when i first stumbled on her book at the book store..Being a earthy country gal myself i was instantly drawn to her book....opened it up and just had to buy it..took it home and lord i just couldn't put it down, I felt like i was home listening to a cousin or a Auntie, she touched all the little parts of my heart that i remembered growing up in Alabama. I have tried so many of her ideas and dreamed about so many others, she is truly amazing. I loved reading about her life and what she has accomplished, It would be my biggest dream to get to meet and hang out with her if just for the day. She is naturally beautiful inside and out. She brings us a little piece of home, its so nice after a long stressful day in this crazy world to come home and get all cozy with some hot tea and enjoy us some MARY JANE!!! She is a truly neat Lady and i so love her, Bless you Mary Jane....xo

Aprilla Ault
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Marilyn Hartman Sullivan
True Blue Farmgirl

1134 Posts

Marilyn
Oxford PA
USA
1134 Posts

Posted - Mar 18 2015 :  1:15:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A good friend mentioned Mary Jane and the magazine to me several years ago. I checked out the magazine right away, but shied away from joining the Farmgirl Sisterhood until very recently. The magazine is lovely -- the articles are interesting and useful -- it gives me things to think about as far as living more simply and more healthfully. Also, the idea of merit badges for (sort of) grown up girls was intriguing to me. I am working on my first two right now!!!

Take it easy, but take it.
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ceridwen
True Blue Farmgirl

706 Posts

Carole
Northeast New York
USA
706 Posts

Posted - Mar 18 2015 :  7:26:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome Hope! It's a great place to be! I have lost track of how long I have been subscribing to MFJ. Sadly, it was not from her first issue. I came across her magazine by accident at Tractor Supply (my favourite store). Subscribed right away! The first thing I do when I retrieve a new issue from the mailbox is get some form of liquid (tea, coffee, glass a wine), sit, and just look at the pictures. Once I've seen every page, I start reading the articles. lol

I do own all of her books. They are great resources and so inspiring.

Marilyn, badges are fun to work on. That reminds me, I need to get back to them. Thanks for the reminder!

Carole
Farmgirl Sister 3610
(quilting blog) http://www.carolesquiltingetc.com
(farmgirl blog) http://musingaboutthisandthat.blogspot.com/
http://www.fibrejunction.com

Edited by - ceridwen on Mar 18 2015 7:28:14 PM
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mellaisbella
True Blue Farmgirl

1862 Posts

melanie
living on Anne of Green Gables land
Canada
1862 Posts

Posted - Mar 29 2015 :  04:29:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For me, it was love at first sight! I saw the magazine at a newsstand.,,after flipping through a few pages, I knew that I was in love with MJF and had to have more. So that's how I found this forum. <3

Love many, trust few. Always paddle your own canoe.
Farmgirl Of The Month December 2008
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Sourceress
True Blue Farmgirl

76 Posts

Elisabeth
Thurmont MD
76 Posts

Posted - May 13 2015 :  05:22:18 AM  Show Profile  Send Sourceress an AOL message  Send Sourceress a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I found my first issue of Mary Jane's Farm on the rack at the checkout counter at my local natural foods co-op back in 2009. We were in the middle of losing our house and land in Ohio and moving back to Maryland, to the area where my husband grew up. I was devastated at losing the house I had hoped we were going to stay in long-term and all the dreams I had for it, and moving back into a rental, even if it was a rental out in the middle of a rural area full of farms and so forth. (It had, in fact, originally been the parsonage for a little country church, but hadn't been used as such in years, and they couldn't sell it because it was on the same piece of land as their parish hall and could not be subdivided. Lucky for us; it was there when we needed it.) That first issue I picked up was, I think, the one with the bees, and the second one was the Fourth of July issue with all the little burgers that came right after it. But what I remember most was a letter or an editorial someone had written about "Farmgirl" being a condition of the heart, and not where you happen to be living right at the moment. It was exactly what I needed to help me pick up and move on. It gave me permission not to give up on my farmgirl dreams. Fast forward 5 1/2 years, and we ended up having to move because it turned out no one had ever done a lead paint test on that old parsonage, as required under MD law, and they were threatening the church with all kinds of fines if they didn't fix it. By this time, though, the tenants had moved out of the house (still owned by my in-laws) that my husband grew up in, and they agreed to let us move in and buy it from them. (This is also the house that my eldest son was born in, right there in the living room in a birthing tub! :) When we walked up the walk the first time we went to look at it after Grandma and Grandpa said we could live there, my son, now 16, got partway up the porch steps, stopped, and said "this feels like home.")

Anyway, the point here is, MJF got me through a really difficult time, and I've been a huge fan ever since. And that's not even mentioning all the excellent recipes and ideas and stuff.

Thank you!
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ceridwen
True Blue Farmgirl

706 Posts

Carole
Northeast New York
USA
706 Posts

Posted - May 13 2015 :  09:35:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Elisabeth, thank you for sharing your story! It has such a wonderful ending!

Carole
Farmgirl Sister 3610 - Nov 7/2011
http://www.carolesquiltingetc.com
http://www.fibrejunction.com
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

3929 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
3929 Posts

Posted - May 13 2015 :  10:56:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Shirley, you can order a subscription online from MaryJanes website and get it cheaper than what you will pay for a copy each time at Tractor Supply! Plus you can start getting your Farmgirl magazine right away and don't have to worry if your particular TS is going to carry it.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014
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Bonnie Ellis
True Blue Farmgirl

2340 Posts

Bonnie
Minneapolis Minnesota
USA
2340 Posts

Posted - May 13 2015 :  11:05:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a wonderful story. Sometimes we don't realize when things will work out for the best. Congratulations to your life and wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

grandmother and orphan farmgirl
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Earthstone
Farmgirl in Training

11 Posts

Karen
Troy WV
USA
11 Posts

Posted - Jan 07 2016 :  8:02:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was intrigued by the quality of the photography and art when I first saw Mary Jane's Farm. Full of interesting, useful information, it is a fascinating look into what other people do in life. I would like to see more interesting home arts in the magazine! I grow a vegetable garden every summer and after many years could still learn more about starting plants indoors (yes, I need a greenhouse...!)
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