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    we are at Country Home said Lisa Holderness Country Home contributor She s an independent female farmer following her dreams and doing it in a way that it helps the earth The earth friendly facet dates back a long way with MaryJane In the early 1970s she was one of the first female wilderness rangers for the National Forest Service As a trained carpenter she went deep into the Idaho wilderness to help build bridges by hand A remote existence she still craves today I ve never gotten over my need for quiet absolute quiet said MaryJane She finds some of that solitude in her acres of organic gardens But ask for a tour and you better be ready to pick up the pace MaryJane s version of tiptoeing through the tulips is more like power walk through the pansies Look at these beautiful strawberries Butters says as she pops one in her mouth Look at that that is the perfect raspberry And these are old fashioned zinnias which I love said Butters These elderberries make the most amazing pancake syrup and wine look at how many we have Despite MaryJane s passion for produce it was actually a neighbor s crop that launched her culinary career A fellow farmer was struggling to sell his organic garbanzo beans so kind hearted MaryJane bought a 50 pound bag and began experimenting I looked at what was for sale in the stores and I thought hmmm falafel ground up garbanzo beans said MaryJane I played with the herbs and spices it would need and started selling it locally to restaurants and our co op I sold maybe five pounds a month and now I sell hundreds of pounds a month During the experimental phase her kids dubbed it Mom s awful falafel a recipe that ultimately led to an award winning creation and the genesis of MaryJane s Organic Foods I decided to put a face to food and to brand myself and that s when things started cooking The food line is sold across the nation at REI and other stores but also through the farm s booming on line site a surprisingly high tech venture for such a down home girl In 2003 MaryJane launched a self titled magazine shooting her own photos and writing about the simple things in life sewing cooking gardening reaching out to rural America in particular She optimistically printed 5 000 copies of her first issue and almost immediately sold out After the September 11 terrorist attacks there was just this shift people wanted to stay home embrace their home life more Our culture just always looks for a spokesperson and that happens to be me right now for those things she said MaryJane s ad free magazine made its way to a New York publisher Last year Random House offered this Idaho farm girl a 1 3 million book deal putting even more green in that green thumb of hers It s the farmer

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    as a local farmhand she cultivated a farm spirit along with a dream of ownership and partnership with the land MaryJane and a friend now produce MaryJanesFarm magazine from her farm in Idaho Chock full of heartwarming wonderful stories by women about living healthy thrifty lives and repurposing everyday items the magazine is a smash hit from New York to New Mexico Despite her growing national fame Butters life still maintains the quality that brought her here in the beginning I am not in the spotlight as much as it seems I am out at the chicken coop moving irrigation lines or fussing in my bed and breakfast in the tent and changing out flowers In both her publication and her life she tries to send a consistent message about living organically She offers up simple ways to incorporate this lifestyle into your own suggesting totally organic foods requiring little preparation Practically creating an entire movement staying true to her ideas and capitalizing on them is and exciting feat And her suggestions seem to be catching on by themselves I didn t really decide to do any of this The magazine is like a mail order catalog that got out of control and now is a gorgeous commercial looking glossy magazine but with real ideas for farmgirls everywhere We still make the magazine here at the farm MaryJane goes on to say that being a farmgirl is a condition of the heart and includes rural girls from Idaho to sophisticates in New York who long to take knitting classes Giving back to the community and spreading the word about the quality of farm living is a big part of her life MaryJane has developed Pay Dirt Farm School which allows people to apprentice for a day or a week and

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    Connection forum provides a place for rural women or wannabes from all over the country to chat about anything from a goat giving birth to where to find a particular doily pattern to how to build an outhouse MaryJane wants people to connect with the land and with each other in real life not just on her Web site so it was only natural that she created ways for people to gather at her farm She hopes to inspire others to pursue their farm dreams or at the very least offer them a taste of a way of life she wants to preserve Visitors are welcome at MaryJanesFarm either for a tour by appointment or for an overnight stay in one of the farm s rustic but oh so comfortable huts or wall tents In a fetching combination of campground and farm the accommodations decorated with antiques and fresh flowers promise easy access to the fresh air but also to a hot shower They re perfect for a romantic getaway a personal retreat a grown up slumber party or just a refreshing change from the usual For those more interested in festivities than peace and quiet however there is Farm

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    herself And unlike Martha there s no need to worry that an ill advised call to a stockbroker would land her in trouble MaryJane was recently quoted as saying that much to her accountant s chagrin she hasn t even opened a savings account And she s turned down TV offers so she can stay on the farm Her first book MaryJane s Ideabook Cookbook Lifebook was published this summer I was reading it in the garden last week when my chicken Eleanor jumped in my lap and stuck her beak right into the book as if she wanted to read along with me That s when I realized that I was having a farmgirl moment and that between the egg gathering the worm farming and the berry picking I ve been having farmgirl moments for a while now Have I become a MaryJane devotee or did she just happen to come along at the right time MaryJane s world is not perfect polished or unattainable On the website she offers Farmgirl Chapter kits for people who want to organize local groups of farmgirls those requesting the kit are warned The cover letter in our Farmgirl Chapter Kit says there are 10 posters included We didn t get around to making those posters so please don t think we left them out So she doesn t get around to everything What do you expect It s a farm She s busy The new book like her magazines are an odd blend of clippings stories and craft ideas Enter MaryJane s world and you ll meet a woman who embroiders pillows with the alphabet in the style of an old fashioned sampler then underneath she stitches these lines My mama said for me to do this it would be fun it

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    Ogden Utah went on to be a fire watcher for the forest service in a remote lookout tower where she would spend long summers all alone save for the sewing machine she hauled 100 feet up into the tower and then after stops as a carpenter waitress seamstress secretary janitor and milkmaid onto a life as a farmgirl Take back your innocence Seriously on the brink of losing her farm not so long ago she nearly pinches herself at the fact that she now employs 18 full time workers to help her run MaryJanesFarm an ever evolving operation that besides drawing ever more farm fanatics provides organic fruits vegetables and eggs for an 18 family CSA community supported agriculture and even grows a biodiesel mustard crop to fuel her 1981 Mercedes Benz which she had her son Emil custom paint to match her favorite pink fingernail polish one named Shootout at the OK Coral She has yet to open a savings account though a fact that rankles her accountant to no end I don t want to be rich she says and I don t want to be a big business I ve turned down TV I want to run money through my hands I want to connect people That she is in the midst of becoming a one name farm phenom doesn t ruffle her It s not about her she says it s about what she stands for I think it s an issue of old fashioned values and sensibilities living in a modern world For me it s take back your innocence Be careful what you watch on TV Instead of watching women talk on a talk show turn your living room into a talk show Get to talking to your neighbors Neighborhoods you can have that in a city We ve experimented with the other and it s proven to be a disaster to not know your neighbor And we know that in the human heart we re capable of incredible kindness That kind of compassion is incredibly nurturing and we ve let it slip through our fingers Re discovering America Whether you step onto asphalt or dirt when you walk out your front door each morning the message is one that doesn t seem like fad or whimsy Lois Weisberg Chicago s commissioner of cultural affairs and a woman famed for her capacities to shrink the degrees of separation between Person A and Person Z was one of the first to see the candle power in Butters ideas She s like a Cinderella fairy godmother farmer says Weisberg who a few years back out of the blue got a letter and a magazine from some farmgirl in Moscow Idaho Weisberg gets a hundred or so letters a week from folks who think she might be able to connect their Next Great Idea to just the right person The letter from Butters blew her away I read every word of it absolutely compelling She really is a farmgirl but she s got something special She has tapped a kind of a longing particularly among young people who want to do something how can I put it not to escape She has hit on something in people that wants to do something about the environment their bodies about not living in a high rise It s like the people crossing the country to go West it s discovering America Weisberg who now grows garlic on the roof of City Hall introduced Butters to a New York literary agent who spent the next few years telling Butters You need to write a book Sociologist Bernard Beck a professor at Northwestern University seconds the motion it s clear he says that Butters is onto something It s a very impressive story not only a simple message but a message going back to the founding of America Go back to your land It s a life of simplicity of human scale Those are themes that keep surfacing in the history of this country says Beck It also shows a dissatisfaction with the way things are going In recent years there s a retro culture a sense that things used to be better a yearning to return to an earlier time A sense that there used to be something we had that we lost MaryJane Butters found it On 5 acres at the end of a dirt road On a place she pinned her own name to MaryJanesFarm a plot that s home to 40 chickens two cows three goats two beehives one pond thick with bass 3 acres of vegetables 60 kinds of garlic 2 000 iris and one long braided farmgirl wild enough to dream of a world where we feed our neighbor listen to her stories stitch our lives back together and motor around the farm in a hot pink Mercedes fueled on mustard Even crazier she s scattering the seeds of those dreams telling farmgirls even ones who knit on the subway or harvest their organics just beyond the shadows of a high rise they can live the farmgirl life They can be connected They can lift each other up They can have their silo dreams 5 points for cultivating farmgirl life in the city By MaryJane Butters Special to the Tribune Published July 24 2005 It starts with what I call a farmgirl fantasy A job where you see and feel and eat the fruits of your labor A place where connecting with the earth is not a to do item but an inevitability where work and home are not separate worlds but fully integrated No wonder there s a new breed of farmers emerging to pick up the plow women But first toss out your image of farmer These are farmgirls who remember the farm life they never led Whether from the city or the country women are the fastest growing group of people buying small farms Even savvy authors like Barbara Kingsolver are becoming

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    bread sit side by side with advice from other notables including Al Roker Jo Malone Senator Dianne Feinstein Rachael Ray Leeza Gibbons Daniel Boulud and Dr Fredric Brandt among others Chapters range from lighting a room and baking a birthday cake to controlling clutter and planning for retirement and having patience with your family to mastering the fine art of compromise So whether you are planning a party or trying

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    Americans realize what they lose by abandoning these arts they re returning to them Butters says Which is why I m in the limelight because my parents gave me these skills Follow the cooking strategies in the book and Butters says families will spend less on groceries and eat healthier food Make time for a weekly knitting group and Butters says women will have more to show for it than a sweater They ll get feedback about how to deal with their baby s diaper rash or their teen s back talk What the book is not Butters says is a set of instructions for how to have a perfect home Butters is hoping to push people away from widely held conventions such as all the dishes on the table have to match or that Christmas presents come from a store I ve tried to doll up frugal and make do and can do Butters says Radical as some of this might sound Butters points out that she s lived much of it In an introduction to recipes for desserts called chill overs Butters writes about her previous marriage When she and her then husband were spending a winter in Wyoming she put everything from the refrigerator into a cooler one day and set them out on the porch as a way to prevent the food from spoiling without using electricity When my husband came home he was less than impressed and in fact our disagreement led me to announce that furthermore if we were to have children I wanted to raise them without a TV Butters writes That notion among others certainly didn t help relieve the cold that was seeping in between us Eventually the two divorced and Butters made good on her promises She describes herself in

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    service it seemed natural that MaryJane follow her dreams down Wild Iris Lane to the farm on which she had always hoped for to raise her young family Little did she know she would end up growing an organic farming business of 18 workers and 22 acres Nor would she have ever thought she would have ended up with a book advance of 1 35 million dollars just two years ago As certified organic grower 8 in Idaho MaryJane has watched the organic industry evolve and witnessed its reaches beyond rural America When asked about the main stream interest in living an organic lifestyle MaryJane shows her fire and becomes very serious I think we need to take back our language I want to call my organic carrots carrots and let other farmers call theirs a chemical carrot And they can list all of the ingredients that they used instead of me having to be certified The burden is on us to prove something Let them prove that they used only 30 chemicals instead of 50 to produce an apple The organic industry may have a ways to go in terms of this mind set but it has come many miles over the years About fifteen years ago state legislature was still hammering out laws on organic agriculture Farmers on the organic bandwagon had the Idaho Organic Advisory Board on which MaryJane served as chair The group gained support of the Department of Agriculture and with help from civil employees in the Weights and Measures group laws were passed to certify organic produce farmers But MaryJane wanted to bring a value added organic product to market the garbanzo bean called Aztec or Desi in the form of her Falafel Mix MaryJane would be the first organic farmer to be considered

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