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    we needed household help with things like how to make fruitcake last a year or how to keep our crepe de chine waists white More than a century later our lifestyle savvy toolbox includes advice on home filing systems storage of digital family photos how to clean an AC system or how to reclaim a garage Nevertheless we still need to know how to employ the same basic tenets that have always been an integral part of small farming communities things like frugality efficient use of resources and neighborliness the kinds of things that are part of the Costco community what I call the Costco way in the world It s a vision of a future that includes recognizing the need to live in a more global economy while still maintaining a family atmosphere and investment in our communities in short to conduct commerce on a high moral plane The Costco Household Almanac sows the seeds of everything community from how to start a book club to preparing for a weather related disaster to improving your health to filtering your water to kicking a cigarette habit It s the modern day version of age old helpful hints homemade concoctions and darned good reading As a farmer for some 20 years and most recently as an author I know the importance of useful and entertaining information As an Idaho farmer specifically I also know the importance of potatoes Here s my almanac type tip for the day A good way to preserve flowers in bloom and keep them erect is to cut a flat surface on the long side of a raw potato and then stick the stems into holes bored into the top side using a pointed potato peeler There is moisture enough in a large potato to support a

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    ll live forever From the women in this book you ll learn that women farmers aren t interested in commodity agriculture and the latest new chemical or genetically engineered wonder We re not dreaming of endless frontiers Instead we re giving new meaning to the term value added We re expanding the boundaries of food distribution and the definition of farm We re pushing the limits of marketing We re busy feeding our neighbors and friends and families through Community Supported Agriculture programs and at farmers markets With incredible ingenuity we re feeding our creative urges When we raise lambs for sale we give lessons on spinning and knitting When we grow the ingredients for salsa we hold Latin dance clinics When we promote the sale of our crops as ingredients perfect for pizza we plant our vegetables in wedges that form a grand circle when seen from afar When we grow 60 different sunflower bouquets we take photos for a line of sunny greeting cards When we decide to convert land into native prairie again we turn it into a business that sells and promotes endangered native plants When we open up our hearts we open up our homes and turn them into bed and breakfast sanctuaries where our guests are fed the best food on earth We re all over the Internet blogging and advertising our food We make handmade goods such as wooden clothes racks and button jewelry to supplement our farm incomes We re active participants in problem solving Internet chatrooms We re notorious seed savers We love to grow heirloom varieties of plants We milk 6 to 60 cows not 6 000 and we re known for our artisan cheeses We re the spirit of the beehive and we love ventures that allow us to cross pollinate ideas with other women farmers We re a force a force of nature We re drawn to farming because of the sensory tactile nature of it We want to feel our lives and taste them and truly live them I predict that in the same manner historians refer to life before and after the industrial revolution we ll go down in history as key players in the new millennium s farming revolution to be known as the era at the turn of the century when women collectively changed the face of agriculture If you re a land poor female farmer longing for your place in the country take heart The types of ground breaking women featured in this book are creating a growing demand for local hands on food Or like 95 year old Eloise Stewart the matriarch of a tree farm located in Florida raising the business bar by creating one of the best managed environmentally sensitive tree farms in America I call them intimate crops or one on one food Twenty years ago not enough people in my locale cared that my bell peppers pickling cucumbers canning tomatoes and garlic were organically grown and nurtured from

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    number of American farms has dropped 14 percent in the last twenty five years the number of farms run by women has increased 86 percent according to the U S Department of Agriculture But even the outdated gender stuff serves a useful purpose a reminder that we womenfolk have come a long way For example a textile and clothing expert in the chapter on Home Economics says farm women must do the planning the buying perhaps the making as well as care for the clothes aka shopping sewing and laundry Our 1916 expert warns us The ball gown is immodest if worn on the street and the bathing suit shocking in the parlor So from hogs to handiwork hearth to home everything 4 H you ll need to run a farmstead is here things like how to build up your soil or how to deal with pernicious weeds and insect pests using down home methods that still work today It was here that I read about sweeping a field every ten days to control thistle We visited an old John Deere bone yard brought home and then repaired a retired sweep hooked it up to our tractor and that was the end of thistle in an entire two acre field Afterwards our sun baked worn out soil needed rebuilding Again this book gave me new ideas for how to store and handle manures make them go further and kick start the rebirth of tired soil with old fashioned soil amendments ranging from benign supplements like lime and phosphate rock to organic regulars like wood ash and manure And my favorite section How to make better butter both my lineage and my drug of choice The ultimate in farm delicacies is perfectly ripened butter made using the cream you ve coaxed from the udder of your very own cow a farm pet as adorable as a clucking hen that you ve trained to help with breakfast Speaking of pets we still joke about the captioned photo Hogging Down Corn every August when our corn patch ripens In 1916 it meant turning loose your pet swine onto your cornfields after you ve downed harvested the stalks a form of natural rototilling For us it means eating nothing for dinner but fresh hot ears of corn cooked on a campfire and then brushed with melted butter using bunches of fresh bundled sprigs of rosemary as brushes There are tried and true techniques for improving pastures and meadows making hay by hand even details on how to hand cure alfalfa for maximum protein the perfect tip for small farmers without access to a lot of working capital For fruit lovers everything from apples to pomelos is discussed in detail Did you know that strawberries can be a good companion ground cover crop to peach trees Or that pears will grow too fast if planted in soil that is fertile In other words if you have a troublesome clay area plant a pear tree Beyond

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    Glamping Camping That s More More Magazine June 2007 Click here to read article in PDF format Click here to read article in PDF format

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    website They also write and design the ad free magazine cum catalog MaryJanesFarm which is filled with everything from recipes farm related how to articles gardening tips rural news clips heart warming testimonials to farm life and inspirational poems Visit the farm and capture the MaryJane spirit It offers B B accommodations which are simple just as you might expect but sophisticated in a way you didn t Whether you opt for a guest hut or platform tent you ll be welcomed by hardwood floors a woodstove a comfy bed and a sense of rustic tranquility shared outhouses and pumphouse showers are just across the way The poetic views from your bed make your tent your castle Enjoy the simple life at its best with no electricity or phones at MaryJanesFarm s one of a kind B B If you re truly serious about rural living and organic food consider a weeklong stint at Pay Dirt Farm School a nonprofit educational program offering farm apprenticeships at MaryJanesFarm The programs are generally one part culinary school and three parts training in organic gardening and farming with a good bit of vacation in a beautiful rural setting thrown in for good measure

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    Naturally Gifted Vogue Magazine May 2007 Product highlight Country Comforts Project F A R M repurposed down pillows 63 each maryjanesfarm org

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    as a useful guide to the handiwork of days gone by READER REVIEWS The Best May 21 2007 by Kate Wells www Kate Wells com North Texas If you re only going to buy one sewing book this summer this is the one Absolutely beautiful illustrations very clear photographic instructions A real plus for me as I m a visual learner And I loved the sweet and interesting little bits about rural life and real people from 19 to 90 who enjoy doing various needle arts This is a book you will enjoy for many years as it s chocked full of patterns and lovely things that stir you to creativity I m so glad I decided to buy this book I highly recommend it Beautiful blend of instruction photography and conversation May 2 2007 by Alyssa N Gaulke Moscow ID MaryJane opens her book by welcoming you into her home and her life She takes you through a verbal tour of a morning with her which culminates in reaching her Stitching Room As with her magazine and previous book MaryJanes s Ideabook Cookbook Lifebook the photos are photo gallery perfect She captures the beauty and elegance of sewing in

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    travelers can pick berries for breakfast and learn to milk a cow At MaryJanesFarm www maryjanesfarm org bb in Moscow Idaho visitors sleep in walled tents left equipped with antique propane ranges and outdoor showers Weatherbury Farm www weatherburyfarm com in Avella Pa offers suites in a renovated livery stable overlooking its cattle grazing meadow At both establishments guests are invited to participate in farm chores We want people to

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