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    the Internet Recently a host of new companies selling prepared foods in cups and packets with wholesome ingredients labeled organic natural or vegetarian have appeared on the world wide web selling their products to anyone who can receive mail or parcel delivery After months of sampling Getz decided that his favorite foods came from a 10 year old company in Moscow Idaho known as MaryJanesFarm and named for the company president MaryJane Butters MaryJane sells more than 60 different instant foods from pastas to cookies and salsa to main entrees through her website toll free phone line and an ad free full color storefront magazine Her Travel Cuisine food is good Getz said Real good flavor None of that cheap freeze dried cardboard taste All of it is organic And it comes in these serving packets that are just paper I can toss into the campfire Even better lots of what she sells you can mix up in the packet just adding hot water That way you don t even dirty a pot Even I can add boiling water and stir MaryJane Butters did not begin her life wanting to run a food company She was born and raised in Ogden Utah After graduating from high school in 1971 MaryJane started working as a secretary but quit a few months later to pursue a job more appealing to her pioneering spirit watching for fires from a mountaintop lookout near Weippe Idaho Butters continued to select jobs where she was the first of her gender the only woman on the carpentry crew at Hill Air Force Base the first woman wilderness ranger hired by the U S Forest Service and in 1976 the first woman station guard at the Moose Creek Ranger Station the most remote Forest Service district in the

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    Recognition Awards October 1st Small business of the year award went to MaryJane Butters of Paradise Farm Organics Inc recognizing her continued achievement including the successful introduction of MaryJanesFarm a

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    said he was retiring in 1974 Nick said He told me that either I could come back and farm or he was going to sell out My brother and my sisters were not interested in farming So we came back In a partnership with his father that continues to this day Nick took over the farm and the 600 tillable acres planted annually in wheat peas barley and other crops His parents stayed on the farm remaining in the same home Following his divorce in 1989 Nick and his two sons Brian and Sam continued to live about a mile from his parents farmhouse Nick met his neighbor MaryJane Butters the woman who bought the five acre homestead adjacent to his farm She was riding her bike down her driveway to the mailbox with her two kids in the bike trailer he recalled I got down off the combine and introduced myself Nick smiled I picked flowers up on the ridge and left them on her doorstep a couple of times I guess there was a mutual attraction We started seeing more of each other Then we got married in 1993 One thing they discovered during their courtship was a common belief that farming should be done differently that an alternative was needed to conventional agriculture MaryJane the former environmental activist and Nick the lifelong farmer were searching for a way to bring stability and financial independence back to the family farm They both recognized that if organic agriculture was to become a realistic alternative for Palouse area farmers or for anyone then someone needed to make it happen There really was no organic agriculture here on the Palouse Nick explained I kept thinking if people want organic food why don t I give it to them MaryJane had already begun Paradise Farm Organics as a way to provide a market for organic products She is a visionary she can take an idea and put wheels under it We kept making more prepared foods for sale and buying more organic peas lentils beans and other products from local farmers It just kept snowballing And now the business keeps growing as one thing leads to another But the goal is still to provide a place for organic farmers to market their products Juggling business and farm Nick is a busy man In the corporate structure of Paradise Farm Organics Nick is the vice president in charge of production He supervises the crew responsible for mixing ordering bagging and shipping In his extra moments he runs the farm Part of the 600 acres are farmed organically providing wheat hay herbs and vegetables marketed by the company The rest of the land is leased to a neighbor and farmed conventionally Nick is converting all the land to organic production What I have learned is that as an alternative to conventional agriculture organics is a way for family farms to prosper Nick said However it is a long process to move from conventional to

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    the phones ringing and her Web site busy for some time The cable television channel not available in the Moscow Pullman area except on some satellite systems featured Butters prepared organic meals on its Aug 15 show Food Finds The day after the show aired Butters and her crew filled a UPS truck with orders according to Bill London who e mailed to tell me of the overwhelming response to

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    on her organic camp foods Five thousand copies of the first issue of MaryJanesFarm were printed in January All of those copies have been distributed For the second issue 25 000 copies were printed They are being sold nationwide in 45 stores through subscriptions and through the website www maryjanesfarm org And in her spare time she celebrated a unique new food the garlic scape at the first annual ScapeScapade

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    School a non profit organization we created to offer apprenticeships in planting growing harvesting marketing storing and preserving wholesome food The equipment is now installed at MaryJanesFarm our organic farm about eight miles southeast of Moscow The council originally purchased this equipment with US Department of Agriculture funding to provide an incubator for new companies to give people with good ideas for new herbal and food products an opportunity to perfect recipes and begin marketing We wanted to help people help themselves explained RC D coordinator Dan Pierce of Moscow The equipment was purchased by the council for use in an incubator kitchen planned by the Clearwater Sustainable Network at the Elderberry s store at Clarkston The store closed in December of 2001 Pierce said that the offer by the Pay Dirt Farm School was the proposal for use of the equipment that best fulfilled the original purpose The kitchen will be available at low cost and as time allows I will share our decade of experience in food development packaging and marketing at no charge to entrepreneurs using the facility Dan Pierce also encourages future food entrepreneurs to use this kitchen He said We urge people to take advantage

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    a little spring cleaning and a more logical arrangement of the sections we were able to make room for an entirely organic backpacking line From the time I started working at the Co op I hoped that one day we would find organic backpacking food for our bulk department Like a dream come true MaryJanesFarm found us Look for 13 new organic trail foods from MaryJanesFarm From breakfast to dessert these meals are wonderfully flavored and perfect for the trail The variety we carry should please any hungry hiker after all is it not every hiker s dream to enjoy warm gooey chocolate chip cookies at the end of a long day on the trail For those of you not familiar with MaryJanesFarm MaryJane is a former environmental activist who started her business to make a positive change by educating and creating a demand for organic food from the farmers in her area Dedicated to sustainability and the health of our Earth MaryJane s farm produces organic grains herbs and produce for their meals on the go MaryJanesFarm also works with a network of 20 farms in Moscow Idaho The farm includes a modern flourmill alongside a historic flourmill and

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    the seed on site and extracting the oil The leftover meal would then be used as a soil amendment Morra said the meal contains 5 to 6 percent nitrogen Organic farmers aren t allowed to use any inorganic fertilizer so they re locked into things like chicken manure and a kelp seaweed derived product which is less than 1 percent So this will be a big benefit The other use of the mustard meal will be as a pest control Morra said mustard contains a natural pest inhibitor the same chemical that gives mustard its hotness or pungency That chemical has been proven to be noncarcinogenic at low levels and is present in a number of foods such as broccoli cauliflower and canola So you get the same kinds of compounds in all the things we already consume in our diet Morra said At the concentrations we re working with they re not considered any kind of an environmental concern We eat them all the time The oil extracted from the seed will probably be returned to the university and used in its biodiesel project Morra said the mustard research has been going on for four years but got sidetracked

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