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    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 US Forest Service and in 1976 the first woman station guard at the Moose Creek Ranger Station the most remote Forest Service district in the continental US in Idaho s Selway Bitterroot Wilderness Area After two years she left Moose Creek with her husband John to find a farm of their own and start their own family Their daughter Megan was born in 1979 and their son Emil was born four years later Finding that farm took a little longer I envisioned an old farm in northern Idaho hidden at the end of a dirt road I dreamed of chicken coops barns root cellars fruit trees in bloom clematis vines lilacs wild roses irises and gardens she recalled Then in 1986 I saw an ad for a five acre homestead It sounded perfect so I called and bought it sight unseen I named it Paradise Farm since it was hidden at the base of Paradise Ridge 8 miles from Moscow Her world seemed idyllic but changes were coming John left as their marriage ended in divorce and then in May of 1986 the Pacific Northwest was dosed with releases from the nuclear accident at Chernobyl I got mad Motherhood brought out a special activism in me MaryJane called a public meeting to discuss the threat of nuclear radiation exposure specifically from the Hanford nuclear facility in nearby eastern Washington More than 35 people showed up and elected MaryJane president of their new organization Palouse Clearwater Hanford Watch It was an intoxicating era so exciting she said We got involved in lots of water quality transportation and agricultural issues But for me it ended at a protest meeting about agricultural spraying in 1989 when I realized that I just did not believe in making change by confronting people in that way At that same meeting MaryJane met a farmer who grew a small hard skinned variety of garbanzo bean known as desi The desi beans were an ideal organic crop for the region since the plants did not need insecticide applications However the unusual beans were also of little agricultural value since there was no established market for them I decided not to be a righteous environmentalist but to reach across to the farmer I wanted to design a product that would create a market for that bean she said I experimented with creating falafel a mid eastern staple but relatively unknown food in this country at that time By 1990 I started marketing it locally In 1993 her business was incorporated as Paradise Farm Organics Inc I became interested in working with farmers instead of just blaming them I realized that if I want the farmers here to grow organic I need to help them make that transition Experimenting MaryJane ultimately created dozens of other dried ready to eat foods using organic ingredients During the

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  • MaryJanesFarm | News and Awards
    part of the magazine s look at 50 places of a Lifetime in America The Palouse is its own secret a knowable kingdom where we confront both infinities and intimacies if we take the time wrote William Kittredge Damn our secret is out once again The article includes a picture of Mary Butters and Nick Ogle owners of Paradise Farm Organics in rural Moscow In addition to mentioning the rolling

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  • MaryJanesFarm | News and Awards
    your soul you could call the roll of the hills sublime which my dictionary defines as noble and of spiritual worth At sundown from the top of Steptoe Butte an isolated peak among the hills the horizon to horizon panorama of shadow and light seems almost oceanic It s a sight that leads to thoughts about the value of being alive right at the moment But the sublime also reeks of limitless wildness Humans can be overwhelmed The soul not only hums but quavers Enough with the pastoral grandeur What about secrets Drive the narrow winding highways Park and climb into the steep hills over the ridges Get lost your automobile out of sight Keep silent and listen to the birds and rustling of the breeze Get close Sink into your response to what is left of nature According to some sources it was the wealth of green grassland that prompted early French fur traders to call the area pelouse lawn The combination of rich soil and stable climate makes this part of the world ideal for growing wheat which is just what MaryJane Butters and Nick Ogle do on their farm In the poem The Far Field Theodore Roethke wrote At the field s end in the corner missed by the mower One learned of the eternal The Palouse is its own secret a knowable kingdom where we confront both infinites and intimacies if we take the time It s a quiet pleasure to loiter on the streets of the tiny farm towns chatting up locals Such lingering is a doorway into the reimaging of self that travel is about But if things slow too palpably check out the action in the university towns Moscow and Pullman If in need of irony and rowdiness try cleansing your being in

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    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 US Forest Service and in 1976 the first woman station guard at the Moose Creek Ranger Station the most remote Forest Service district in the continental US in Idaho s Selway Bitterroot Wilderness Area After two years she left Moose Creek with her husband John to find a farm of their own and start their own family Their daughter Megan was born in 1979 and their son Emil was born four years later Finding that farm took a little longer I envisioned an old farm in northern Idaho hidden at the end of a dirt road I dreamed of chicken coops barns root cellars fruit trees in bloom clematis vines lilacs wild roses irises and gardens she recalled Then in 1986 I saw an ad for a five acre homestead It sounded perfect so I called and bought it sight unseen I named it Paradise Farm since it was hidden at the base of Paradise Ridge 8 miles from Moscow Idaho Her world seemed idyllic but changes were coming John left as their marriage ended in divorce and then in May of 1986 the Pacific Northwest was dosed with releases from the nuclear accident at Chernobyl I got mad Motherhood brought out a special activism in me MaryJane called a public meeting to discuss the threat of nuclear radiation exposure specifically from the Hanford nuclear facility in nearby eastern Washington More than 35 people showed up and elected MaryJane president of their new organization Palouse Clearwater Hanford Watch It was an intoxicating era so exciting she said We got involved in lots of water quality transportation and agricultural issues But for me it ended at a protest meeting about agricultural spraying in 1989 when I realized that I just did not believe in making change by confronting people in that way At that same meeting MaryJane met a farmer who grew a small hard skinned variety of garbanzo bean known as desi The desi beans were an ideal organic crop for the region since the plants did not need insecticide applications However the unusual beans were also of little agricultural value since there was no established market for them I decided not to be a righteous environmentalist but to reach across to the farmer I wanted to design a product that would create a market for that bean she said I experimented with creating falafel a mid eastern staple but relatively unknown food in this country at that time My kids liked it but we joked about eating Mom s awful falafel By 1990 I started marketing it locally In 1993 her business was incorporated as Paradise Farm Organics Inc I became interested in working with farmers instead of just blaming them I realized that if I want the farmers here to grow organic I need to help them make

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    by mail order She filled her catalog with educational tidbits about farming pesticides and life on the Palouse drawing in the reader by describing the people behind the products As the business grew and her line of products expanded MaryJane found that her 5 acre farm couldn t keep up with the demand She started buying from local organic farmers In one of life s lucky happenstances she fell in love with and married one of those local farmers Nick Ogle whose family owned a 650 acre farm that adjoined hers His family farm is now converting to organics As she dealt with her neighbors and fellow farmers MaryJane said My goal was not to needle down the price and maximize my own profit I thought this would be belittling to farmers My job was not to say This is what I ll pay but rather What do you need and figure out a way for the market to bear the difference Opportunity for real growth in the company came when REI decided to pick up her line of backpacking foods to sell under their MSR label MaryJane had to be creative to raise capital for the business The banks just laughed at me she remembers At one point after losing her house in a fire in 1996 she had 100 000 in credit card debt In 1998 she made a public stock offering and raised 500 000 from 45 investors mostly from the Palouse region Her stockholders under stand that by supporting her business they are directly supporting family farmers Eventually they ll receive cash dividends but for now they re happy to receive their dividends in fresh produce MaryJane feels taking on investors is a better model than taking out a loan Her investors have an interest in the success of her business because they get the dividends if she does well It is a sup portive relationship expressed through money MaryJane says The opposite is true with a loan where the relationship is a prolonged obligation The business now employs 3 5 people on the farm and 5 12 more at a packaging and shipping facility in the nearby town of Moscow Sales totaled 300 000 in 1999 Through Paradise Farms growing pains there were times particularly in the first 4 years MaryJane wasn t sure the business would succeed She was often up all night with anxiety Looking back though she stresses Nothing we did was wrong it was just hard One reason building the business was so hard was that she was going against the prevailing trends MaryJane describes big stores as making money in the wrong direction With mergers creating ever expanding chains of stores competing to sell larger volumes money is being made at the expense of the farmer in order to offer low prices to the consumer In this way the food and the land on which it grows is de valued MaryJane estimates that for every American dollar earned on average

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  • MaryJanesFarm | News and Awards
    with his children and she lives at her house with her children There is a family reunion almost every day I came to visit in June The roadsides were full of cow parsnips or floating doilies as they re called on this farm MaryJane s farmhouse is perched on a knoll surrounded by perennials set in straw mulch and it looks out over mature conifers on to the fields of the Palouse which roll off to the horizon like heavy seas Her mail order company is called Paradise Farm Organics Inc instant falafel hummus tabbouleh and dried turtle beans lentils and split peas She has recently introduced a line of organic backpacking foods called Backcountry Ecocuisine The raw ingredients are grown by local farmers and the foods are packaged by Moscow residents some of whom make two and three times the local average hourly wage working for Paradise Farm Organics We had as many sales the first week of June as we had the whole month of May MaryJane says We are standing in what would be the living room of an ordinary house But shelving runs around the walls of this room and on a clean wooden bench there is a food scale and a heat sealer and a rack to hold open unfilled food packages Barrels of bulk grain and spices line the floor The scent of cumin hangs in the air Because we created a market says MaryJane we made it possible for farmers to convert to organic production It s not like you re dealing with politicians or beating your head against the wall You just do it I like the idea of creating social change through the business community Later that morning Nick and I drove down the road to get the mail and to look at two pea fields planted side by side one grown conventionally the other organically I found it hard to tell them apart if only because in the Palouse it is hard to keep your eyes from following the hills as they porpoise off into the distance What we re trying to do here at Paradise Farm Nick said is to make it profitable to go out and try new things The conventional farmer gets his price support check but I don t view that as being a price support for the farmer It s for the consumer keeping the price of food down so the consumer can have cheap food and more disposable income That ll catch up with us The fact is we re going to run out of oil I don t care if it s 50 100 200 years we will run out of oil We will run out of coal all the things that agriculture feeds on We re using resources at an alarming rate and people don t realize that there s going to be an end to all this It s tempting to believe that sustainability is an issue that begins and ends

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  • MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection
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