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    perfect she said Having sewn a few other dresses she didn t have as much knowledge as she thought the farm needed Butters took a risk with her Black said I don t know anyone else that would have done that she said As the sewing coordinator at the farm Black is in charge of ordering supplies and sewing aprons pillows dolls and several other items sold by the farm I had no idea what I was doing when I started here Black said If Butters asked her to learn something Black did so gladly picking up books in the farm library I learn really well like that she said This is just a really comfortable place to learn and grow and try new things she added No one was disappointed with her effort or her inventive ideas Butters said She has this real great farm girl can do attitude that we need here Butters said Black has never taken a sewing class She s still surprised she s been able to make money sewing and designing I never thought I could make a career out of anything creative or artistic Black said It s really exciting to get paid to be creative She s designed a bubble purse and puts together apron sewing kits picking out matching fabrics and thread She also has learned to crochet and knit Writing instructions for sewing knitting and crocheting projects also has been added to her list of duties You can do it too it doesn t take some fancy schmancy college degree Black said to other women who aspire to make a career out of something creative or artistic The instructions Black has written will be a part of a supplement to Butters book MaryJane s Ideabook Cookbook Lifebook For the Farmgirl

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    scheduled to follow this is much like her magazine packed with information how tos clever projects and personal stories It s a gorgeous coffee table book that will follow you into the kitchen and end up on the nightstand While the book goes beyond farming gardening and cooking to include handwork projects of all kinds the food portions are the most valuable She recounts overcoming difficulties common to organic growers such as weed control weather limitations short seasons in northern Idaho insect pests and other hurdles for which she finds a sensible simple solution Handling a small organic farm is no easy matter and by midsummer many growers are simply overwhelmed and exhausted by the work MaryJane s breezy style and cheerful photographs make it all look easy and her stories and anecdotes remind us that our quality of life can be our own doing Along with the gorgeous photos the book is packed with tips to make the most of small scale farming simple living and fresh foods The section on garlic scapes and what to do with them those curly tops on garlic plants that must be snipped to ensure proper clove development below ground is valuable along with the jelled desserts ideas using agar powdered seaweed which she sells as ChillOver powder in place of beef based gelatin yes the hides and hooves of even the downer cows make it into gelatin MaryJane s book is beautifully designed with crystal clear photographs focusing on the beauty of nature and natural farm life She s made organic living clever and fun appealing to our nostalgia for a self sufficient yet communal American ideal Here are two versions of Flavor Blends to add to meat dishes She calls them geographic blends explaining that when I combine seasonings I think

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    rural Moscow Idaho MaryJane met us outside her barn where she was tying up garlic to dry with her warm smile trademark twists of waist length blonde braids and a calm about her that didn t seem typical of an entrepreneur with a big new book and a business on the upside of a steep growth curve She led us down a private winding path and helped us settle into our wall tent furnished with antiques and feather beds For the next three days Emma stoked the woodburning stove searched for free range chicken eggs the chickens roam the yard when not in their wallpapered coop and filled up on strawberries as she picked them the sweetest we ve ever had MaryJane touches every part of the farm harvesting cucumbers one minute and the next okaying a stitched project for her magazine or photographing a recipe for her new book She still made time to sit around the campfire with us Nick Ogle the farmer next door whom she married and her grown children Meg and Emil who were visiting Her campfire stories of escapades as a forest ranger in her 20s and life as a single mom organic farmer in her 30s were fascinating and the food prepared mostly outdoors tasted fresh and felt satisfying During our short visit MaryJane did nothing short of renew our desire to slow it way down and remember the farm girl basics No wonder she calls her lifestyle a condition of the heart She certainly captured mine and Emma s Sidebar Experience MaryJanesFarm Literarily or Literally Check out MaryJane s recently released Ideabook Cookbook Lifebook 35 Clarkson Potter for recipes directions for building your own wall tent stories of her life crafts camping pointers and more She wrote the book and took most

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    down to write I m talking to Family Circle women my mother my sister my aunt and other women that I know I don t know how to talk to a city woman somebody else can tackle that If they want to peek in on what we re doing that s fine I actually think that as you go around there isn t a voice for the everyday woman There s pieces of it out there through movie stars cooking and home improvement shows but there s no one saying Yeah Colfax Yeah Oakesdale and that s really what I want to celebrate MaryJane fondly recalled a time she was invited to attend a meeting of the Lacrosse Farm Women s Club She and five of her employees jumped into her pickup truck and made their way to the meeting The depth of life experiences in that room was just amazing remembered MaryJane We had a wonderful time discussing and reflecting with each other As we were leaving they sent us home with some embroidered dish towels and 20 to cover the cost of our gas I loved that And I think of all the people that just drive right by towns like Lacrosse and don t begin to realize the incredible wisdom that dwells there According to MaryJane staying true to your self is something anyone can do with a whole lot of persistence and a husband who doesn t roll his eyes I have a dear husband who is patient who has always been there for me and has never once rolled his eyes at any of my ideas said MaryJane I remember him saying You want to publish a magazine Well okay And the reason I wrote this book all started with my magazine which was actually just a mail order catalog that got a little out of control Equally as important as staying true to your own self is remaining faithful to your small town values I think what I m selling and other farmers can do it and women are being really imaginative about it is agri tourism said MaryJane Promoting your rural lifestyle is kind of a great root crop these days I think all of us rural people are sitting on a gold mine because city people are hungry for something more than food So if we can be clever and women are being especially imaginative great things will unfold themselves As proof one of my neighbors has the last remaining example of pure Palouse prairie She collects rare seeds from these nearly extinct plants and is creating a greenhouse for them When a wealthy person moved in and bought 400 acres next to her she sat him down asked him to give her 160 acres pay her handsomely and she would take it out of farmland and convert it into the most amazing original prairie he d ever see And you know what He agreed and now they re both satisfied I

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    started with her farm then a mail order catalog offering value added products from her farm like delicious curried lentils Eventually the catalog got out of hand as she puts it turning into a glossy magazine called MaryJane s Farm now available in such unlikely places as Wal Mart The magazine contains information on gardening cooking and other bits of do it yourself advice for those who share her aspiration to live on a farm at the end of a dirt road With her new book MaryJane is further defining her audience by marketing specifically to farmgirls including farmgirl wannabes who are still farmgirls by her definition A farmgirl doesn t have to live on a farm she says After her talk MaryJane received a line of well wishers and autograph seekers many of whom had stories to tell In this unstructured shmooze time I began to feel invisible and out of place The only male in the room nobody not even my friends would look at me After sampling her instant curried lentils I retreated to the coffee bar to gather my thoughts As I drank my coffee and pondered my nascent cynicism toward the farmgirl phenomena I wondered if focusing on the farmgirl thing was at the expense of a certain subset of the population namely those of us biologically incapable of being farmgirls I also wondered if perhaps my attitude was related to the fact that nobody s offered me a million dollar book deal like MaryJane s After all success has a way of turning the blameless into targets Maybe I was frustrated that barring surgery or hormone therapy I would never be a farmgirl I decided to ask MaryJane Butters if guys can be farmgirls too Back in the room I took my place behind a woman gushing to MaryJane about how beautiful she was in a July 2004 New Yorker article The only people left in the room at this point were the gushing woman MaryJane her three farmgirl assistants and me When gushing woman finally left so did MaryJane and her entourage leaving me alone to stew in my cynicism Maybe that was my answer Guys can t be farmgirls MaryJane s book was on display I flipped through it expecting to find advice on sewing aprons out of used pillowcases and suchlike but I was quickly impressed by the farming advice I noticed a possible solution to a bindweed problem that plagues a farmer friend of mine It seems MaryJane had a similar problem and was about ready to quit farming before she found a non toxic material called Nonwoven Propex 4553 find it at geotextile com or 800 445 7732 She covered her entire bindweed infested field with Propex mulched it and then planted into it by slicing small holes in the Propex No more bindweed Then I read about a cool hoe and again she provided information on where to buy it not from her but from the manufacturer Page

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    to do before fast paced convenience took over Butters story has become an inspiration to women across the country Her diverse experience includes a stint with the U S Forest Service and brief coursework at Utah State and Weber State universities However she eventually returned to her true passion the day to day grind of farming As a struggling organic farmer near Moscow Idaho she developed a mail order catalog to solicit interest in her locally popular goods The black and white newsprint publication later evolved into a magazine MaryJanesFarm when Butters invested in a digital camera and added editorial content to the catalog s pages Now one third of the magazine details goods products and accessories available through MaryJanesFarm Non food items include hat stands wire baskets aprons etc all hand crafted in rural America Three years ago a publisher contacted Butters with a 7 year contract to publish and distribute the magazine via big name retailers including Borders Wal Mart and Barnes Noble While gaining popularity among readers MaryJanesFarm also caught the eye of a literary agent in New York City who approached Butters about writing a book Why would people want to read about my life she asked herself and the agent I just want to sell food The self made magazine editor also claimed she had no writing skills but the agent insisted her heart felt prose would sell books and engage readers Still hesitant about adding the title of author to her farm girl resume Butters declined the invitation and continued selling food and magazines But when the economy took a hit with the terrorist attacks of September 2001 so did Butters financial state It was then that she decided the only way out of the red would be to pursue a book deal Butters

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    to every customer who purchases 50 worth of her product or through a traditional subscription Through the magazine and her website Butters grossed 800 000 with her venture last year She has also created a dedicated following of farmgirls that attend MaryJanesFarm Fair in July and attend her Pay Dirt Farm School that teaches successful organic farming Dedicated MJF farmgirls and tourists also stay at the farms unique bed and breakfast The entire farm which has humorously been called MaryJane s empire by some encompasses Butters initial five homestead acres along with 50 acres owned by her husband Nick Ogle Ogle was actually Butters neighbor for a number of years before they developed a relationship based on their common interest in value added and organic farming The couple married in 1993 In order to make her farming dream a full time job Butters has essentially employed two skills she says are necessary to making a value added business work For other farmers or farmgirls who have a dream about being able to farm full time there are really two important things they must do Butters said They must be able to tell their farming story to others and they need to make their farm a destination place Butters is consistently telling her story through a variety of media that include her quarterly MaryJanesFarm magazine an interactive website with a chatroom called the farmgirl connection and through her first book a how to style hardback called MaryJane s Ideabook Cookbook Lifebook Through these avenues Butters effectively welcomes customers into her home by telling them stories about what is going on at the farm while also introducing members of her staff and including dozens of artfully taken photographs of the homestead MaryJanesFarm has also become a destination place in the heart of the Palouse country because she offers a variety of on site activities Her seasonal bed and breakfast offers visitors a unique way to get away from it all and still stay down on the farm She currently offers seven comfortably furnished wall tents complete with a woodstove and immaculately clean outhouse and two huts or small cabins where visitors can stay Overnight stays include an organic breakfast along with the option of a personal mini harvest in the u pick garden Butters rents the wall tents out for 175 for the weekend and charges 125 for the huts The bed and breakfast was at full capacity during the recent MaryJanesFarm Fair held over the Fourth of July weekend The fair offers patrons a variety of activities from vintage and antique shopping farmers market style vendors food vendors self guided tours of the farm pony rides and farm style photographs Butters own biodiesel powered 1981 Mercedes Benz was also on display along with the German made oil press they use to create the biodiesel On acreage bordering the farm Butters and Ogle raise 22 acres of mustard seed that is converted into fuel for the car Butters had faith in the

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    Blake It was however the recipes in Butters book I found most appealing In addition to step by step photos detailing preparations the author provides interesting information surrounding the fare For instance there are several recipes calling for garlic scapes the flower stalks from onions leeks chives and garlic Butters explain that until recently the scapes cut by growers to enhance bulb growth were discarded until their value as a unique food was discovered When garlic scapes are still in full curl they are tender and delicious and can be snapped off just as you would harvest asparagus Butters wrote Scapes provide flavor and crunchiness when added to salads and soups cook well in stir fries and can be processed in vinegars as pickles Not surprising Butters recipes specify organic ingredients and many are available at Butters farm outside Moscow One such product bearing the MaryJanes Farm label is ChillOver Powder an ingredient called for in many of the tempting desserts she presents Interestingly Butters three favorite recipes in the book You Handsome You a molded shrimp dish a dessert called Mint Julep MakeOver ComeOver and Make Your Knees Weak Chocolate see below call for ChillOver Powder As an avid cookbook collector I was thrilled to add Butters book to my collection and if you don t have your own copy as yet am sharing three of my top recipe picks below Garlic Scape Frittata 1 1 2 cups garlic scapes chopped 1 2 cup scallions chopped 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 4 cup hot water 4 large eggs n salt and pepper to taste Place garlic scapes and scallions into a 10 inch skillet with 1 teaspoon oil the hot water and a pinch of salt Cook covered over medium high heat until tender about 5 minutes

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