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  • MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection - Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badge Awardees
    gorgeous with their black and iridescent greenish blue feathers They are enormous birds and the best part the hawks are afraid of them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 20 2009 11 52 55 AM Tasha Rose Mirick 88 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an expert level Backyard Farmer badge When I need to purchase meat I purchase from Shamp s meat market The Shamp family is a long time family friend of our family and they are local growers This past fall we culled our first goat and have culled chickens as long as we have kept them I gave a community ed evening class recently November that was attended by the local editor of our paper The topic was meat and milk There are a number of factory farms around our area and it is saddening to me Our food is so healthy and tasty and the best part is that we know where it comes from and how the animals have been treated I could never go back to buying commercial meats and dairy MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 20 2009 12 42 46 PM Cheryl Severeide 309 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I gathered sewing items for a sewing kit for my daughter buttons thread scissors needles pins and put them in a cute black floral tin It turned out cute and a start for her to keep handy to use I gave it to her when I saw her last weekend in Washington She was very pleased MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 20 2009 12 52 16 PM Cheryl Severeide 309 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge I was given some buttons of my grandmother s when she passed away I remember sorting them as a child with her I have been adding to them by purchasing from thrift stores yard sales and have accumulated a large wooden bowl full I keep finding buttons in boxes at thrift stores and cut old ones from clothing before recycling them I love using them in my hand crafted dolls and displaying them in my home MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 20 2009 1 00 37 PM Cheryl Severeide 309 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Heirlooms Forever badge I have been purchasing heirloom seeds to plant in my Spring garden I have read Lynn Coulter s book and plan to plant only heirloom seeds and organics this year 1 2 will be heirloom I have been exchanging seeds with other MJ farmgirls and have great expectations for a very big garden MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 20 2009 1 12 04 PM Cheryl Severeide 309 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge Raising chickens since January 2009 Selling extra eggs Feeding them organic feed and they forage the farm for extra yummies I will raise 7 more chickens for laying eggs Built them a nice coop with help from my husband MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 20 2009 3 07 35 PM Dawn McKinney 279 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Lend a Hand to Families badge I spent over 10 hours this week helping out an elderly farmgal friend neighbor of mine She is 85 years young and was raised in the house in which she lives used to milk farm tend chickens and raise kids Her yard was full of sticks from a recent storm and she is not in the best health to be out bending over lugging timber so I went over and picked up sticks for 2 days Then I started to clear out her front flower beds I started this project on March 21 Worked the 22nd 23rd 25th 27th and 28th A total of 10 ish hours MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 21 2009 09 39 23 AM Dawn McKinney 279 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Public Service badge On the 2nd Tuesday of March I attended my first township meeting in regards to a new ballpark being built on the old school site Votes were cast as to whom should be in charge of clearing the land MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 21 2009 09 40 49 AM Dawn McKinney 279 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge My journal started October 13 2008 and was supposed to end November 13 2008 However I could not pass up the opportunity to remind myself every day how blessed I really am Here are some excerpts from that time period Today I am grateful for the dark chocolate brown egg I got from my Welsummer Mocha I am reminded of His great work and the beauty of everyday life Today I received a phone call from a farmgirl hen fren in Missouri I treasure the easy laughter we shared Today I am grateful for my family because even when I m in the worst of moods they still love me MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 21 2009 09 42 48 AM Dawn McKinney 279 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Know Your Food badge This badge was earned while the Mavens read Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver Here are some excerpts of the good the bad and the ugly Breakfast Cereal milk Lunch Schwan s frozen ravioli and water Supper Chicken and dumplings green beans bread butter and milk Snacks Handful of Dorito s ice cream a donut at work gum water Breakfast Nothing running late Lunch Schwan s frozen chicken rice broccoli cheese water Supper Meatloaf mashed potatoes corn gravy bread butter milk Snacks Protein shake trail mix ice cream Breakfast Bagel cream cheese Lunch Individual frozen pizza Supper Cereal and milk Snacks No snacks today I learned that I m a very sporadic eater and I eat portions that are double or triple the size I need I also learned that I m addicted to ice cream MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 21 2009 09 44 08 AM Dawn McKinney 279 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level ChillOver ComeOver badge I made MJ s ChillOver for Christmas I made the juice wiggles for the kids I used cranberry and orange juice Very tasty and a huge hit with the nieces MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 21 2009 09 58 15 AM Dawn McKinney 279 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Organic on a Budget badge In December I ordered the Budget Mix I have to admit I was afraid to try it for quite some time Then in January 2009 I made blueberry pancakes May I die and go to Heaven they were sooooo good Light fluffy and melt in your mouth The only thing I didn t like is that they don t turn a golden brown like my other pancakes do I ve also been perimeter shopping for 4 months I love doing one loop and being on my way I also love the way fresh food looks in my cart tons of color MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 21 2009 10 01 58 AM Dawn McKinney 279 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Bustin Out badge Again as part of the Maven chapter and reading Animal Vegetable Miracle we decided to try organic food for a week I started off really easy with organic yogurt Then I purchased organic beans in a can and 3 different organic veggies at the store My 16 year old daughter even commented on the taste of dinner that night stating that the carrots were really tasty I then purchased organic milk and organic turkey I cannot say enough about the taste Delicious We continue to purchase organic veggies fruit and dairy although finding the meat has been a challenge MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 21 2009 10 04 26 AM Dawn McKinney 279 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge Okay The Mavens are coming The Mavens are coming Yep gathering at my house this spring So I needed to spring into action before hosting 7 or more farmgirls I cleaned out all my cupboards pitched recycled the lids that had no mates Reorganized my cupboards into the following categories Breakfast Snacks Cooking Canned Goods and Baking Spices A place for everything and everything in its place Who da thunk it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 21 2009 10 07 39 AM Dawn McKinney 279 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Bee Good to Your Mother Earth badge Okay so I already HAD a garden 10 x6 Well now I really have a garden Over 1 4 acre to plant tons of food to save eat and share I have not used any pesticides for 3 years on my gardens and am reading up on homemade bug control and companion gardening MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 21 2009 10 10 04 AM Dawn McKinney 279 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Gaining Ground badge I started my compost pile last November We haven t had much rain until lately My hubby laughs hysterically at me because I will don rain gear to go pick up worms and put them in the pile Imagine a 38 year old worm wrangler out in the rain We are now 4 months into it and to be honest I think I need help I tried turning and layering but nothing looks like it s breaking down well Time will tell I suppose MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 21 2009 10 11 31 AM Dawn McKinney 279 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge I have chickens And getting more I started out with 10 baby peeps and now have a rainbow of colors hens and eggs I sell my eggs locally and allow them free range when possible Nothing beats a fresh egg YUM YUM MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 21 2009 10 13 26 AM Dawn McKinney 279 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a beginner level Disconnect to Reconnect badge I unplugged for the weekend of March 18 21 2008 Well technically it was Wednesday through Saturday I went to WV for the weekend to relax sleep and clear my head I had no cellular signal no TV radio or electric I slept most of that time It was heavenly MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 21 2009 10 16 02 AM Dawn McKinney 279 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an intermediate level Going Green badge I have made my own laundry soap per the Farmgirl Connection I ve been using it since late last summer and love love love it I have saved about 60 since I started this and my skin has cleared up and my clothes seem to be lasting longer and looking better as well I ve also switched to homemade bath soap and make all my own cleaners utilizing white vinegar baking soda sea salt and essential oils I even scrubbed my vinyl flooring with club soda out of the Farmer s Almanac and yes it DOES sparkle Once a week I add a 1 2 cup baking soda to my toilets and let it sit I swish it around and flush and the bowls stay cleaner I will not go back to the chemical aisle again I also utilize a clothesline whenever possible to dry my laundry Sometimes I have to defrost slightly frozen clothes but it s worth it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 21 2009 10 17 25 AM Dawn McKinney 279 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Self sufficiency badge Last summer I dried my basil rosemary mints and sage I made up a chocolate mint blend that I incorporate into my homemade cocoa mix which also includes ChillOver powder as opposed to pudding I also made up a baby bath tea of comfrey hops calendula lavender and chickweed for my girlfriend s new baby to play in All those herbs are soothing to the skin and safe if ingested MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 29 2009 3 32 59 PM René Groom 185 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Little Squirts badge To earn my beginner badge I first researched the lubricant that I was going to use I wanted an all purpose one that was also safe for the environment I found one called Tom s Secret Formula by Camie Campbell Then I walked around giving each door hinge a good oiling I had never realized how many doors I have in the house Nor how many of them needed a little help Then I was onto the bikes in the garage which actually turned out to be a bigger project then I had thought it might as I wasn t quit sure what exactly to oil I remember as a young girl waiting for my grandpa to oil the chains and I thought the wait would kill me So I headed back into the house and did a search on the topic here is what I found Step1 Place the bicycle over newspapers or in a place that can get dirty Step2 Lean the bike against something so that the pedals can still turn freely Step3 Hold a rag under the chain to prevent lube from dripping onto the wheel Step4 Using a bike specific lubricant drip a drop of oil onto each roller of the chain It is best to apply lube to the part of the chain that touches the gears Avoid lubing the gears of the bike they don t need it and excess lube can cause them to wear out quickly Step5 Slowly spin the pedal backwards while continuing to drip lube onto the chain Step6 Once the chain is covered entirely in a thin coating of lube stop lubing Step7 Grab the chain lightly with a rag and spin the pedals backwards This removes excess lube that can attract dirt and wear out your chain Step8 Wipe any excess or splattered oil off the bike with a rag paying special attention to the rim Now that I was an expert in how to oil a bike chain and our bikes were now duly oiled I headed out to my garden tools I feel dumb admitting that I had never oiled my tools at the end of the season before storing them away but I hadn t So back to my trusty computer Here is the article that I found on DIY Old sayings stay around because there s lots of truth in them A perfect example is if you take care of your tools they ll take care of you The secret to having garden tools you can count on year after year is to buy good quality tools to start with and then maintain them If you do those two things your children will still be using your garden tools long after you ve stopped gardening Taking care of your gardening tools isn t hard and it just takes a few minutes and some common household products Here s all you ll need to take care of your garden tools Work gloves and safety goggles A bastard file 8 or 10 inches Wire brush Cloths or rags Linseed oil or water replacement lubricant Drop cloths or newspapers The main enemies of all garden tools are moisture causes rust and poor or inadequate maintenance that prevents them from doing their job properly or causes them to wear and break So the trick to maintaining your gardening tools is to prevent moisture and wear from attacking them Here are some basic fundamentals for keeping your gardening tools around for a long time Clean your tools after each use Store your tools off the ground and in a dry place Remove any rust that forms on a tool Keep wooden handles smooth by sanding and oiling them Keep cutting edges sharp Before putting them away for the winter clean them well and give them a coating of oil Sharpening Shovels and Hoes In addition to removing any clumps of dirt and drying off the head digging tools need to be kept sharp so they re easy to work with Depending on how much digging you actually do this 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  • MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection - Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badge Awardees
    from such items This program in now implemented and is a part of our church s summer programs While there wasn t a lot of organization that needed to be done I did commit to being there to set up the market and tear it down We had a bounty of items and great community support MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 15 2009 4 40 57 PM René Groom prosserfarmgirl 185 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Connecting Growers and Eaters badge I have had the honor to work with the local assisted living facility for the past several years to insure that they have fresh veggies for their residence I find that it not only is a benefit to them healthwise but also spiritually as many of the residents were gardeners and have a great love of it Last spring I did the same I went and worked up the soil got a local nursery to add and donate new compost and planted items that the residents wanted Our local farmgirl chapter is looking into making raised beds on legs to which the residents can sit on a chair and weed the garden spaces I am never sure who benefits more from this us or the residents Seems like it is a win win MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 15 2009 4 49 27 PM René Groom prosserfarmgirl 185 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Connecting Growers and Eaters badge I am so blessed to volunteer my time at the Prosser Farmers Market The last 2 years I was the assistant Market Manager giving it up this year for a seat on the board We have some of the best vendors who are willing to share what isn t sold after market Last market season I committed to 10 drop offs to people in the community whom through pastors community leaders and Jubilee Ministries I learned would be able to benefit from such a delivery It was one of the most rewarding things that I have done One family I was blessed to see several times and the little kids couldn t wait to see what was in the bag I also went and visited PCEI in Moscow and learned about their backyard program and have started one here in my home town where community members are committed to sharing their harvest I also went out and talked to many of the corporate Ag companies asking if they would consider giving back to the local community taking with me donation forms and contact info for the local food banks and charities We did get some of the bigger companies to donate however gleaning is still causes problems as many of the Corporate Ag companies don t want the liability issues We continue to work on it though MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 15 2009 5 05 02 PM René Groom prosserfarmgirl 185 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Families Forever badge This winter we organized a family game night every Thursday night Not being much of a gamer myself I didn t know if I would like it but surprisingly I did I made the investment of board games and card games and we found ourselves laughing a lot The 8 weeks went by quickly and we will make it a mainstay in our home While reading out loud was a harder sell in my household of very active boys we did find that books on tape were fun We popped popcorn turned out the lights and listened to the classics like it was an old radio show Loved it Fun MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2009 10 43 29 AM René Groom prosserfarmgirl 185 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Families Forever badge This was an interesting challenge for me us We have 3 TVs in our home One in the upstairs family room one in the basement family room and one in what we call the pit a room where the guys hang out and watch games and play their video games What we discovered was that while the things were ON quit often no one was really ever watching them they were background noise for the most part After going through and visiting with each member of the family with TV guide in hand this is what we came up with My husband Tom likes news shows I like Do it yourself and ag related shows like LINK and Public TV Matthew likes Science channel and Discovery channel and Cole Likes all things hunting fishing and sports So we decided that we would coordinate our TV viewing where we were spending more time together watching and learning what each of us liked and the rest of the time turn off the ones that were just noise We are all learning a lot of new things MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2009 10 52 26 AM René Groom prosserfarmgirl 185 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an expert level Families Forever badge We have found so many new and fun ways to be outside and together Even just little shifts like when I was feeling I never saw my husband anymore when he was given more titles on the farm Now I drop my schedule and go to the fields with him 1 2 We have all taken a more active roll in our backyard Matthew my 12 year old recently built a swing pattern from MaryJane s outpost and it has become our favorite living space 3 We are walking more Giving ourselves permission to take a little more time and walk to town for the errands we need to do 4 Walking the dog We have a great woodsy area behind our house that the dog loves It is so fun as it runs with an irrigation ditch and you see so much wildlife not all good as we ran into a skunk family a while back but they were kind to us 5 I love to write and I have made it part of my ritual to do so out of doors It helps me relax enough to think about what I want to do and to say 6 We are stopping more often on road trips to see the local flavor and scenic stops On a recent trip to Olympia what should have taken 4 hours took us closer to 7 as we stopped everywhere someone thought looked cool While it did take longer we have more memories I have found that keeping a list of things I want to do like hike a certain hill or fish a certain lake helps me to get to it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2009 11 36 09 AM René Groom prosserfarmgirl 185 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Entrepreneurial Spirit badge A couple of years ago I came to the realization that I was on the wrong track While to the outside world it must have looked like life was good I was miserable as the things that were important to me kept getting pushed onto the back burner While I don t recommend my choice of change for me it worked My Business Plan looked like this 1 Find a career that allows me to work out of my home 2 Pays enough to pay the bills 3 GET MY LIFE BACK I knew a few things 1 I couldn t make the needed changes if I stayed in my job My schedule was so full I couldn t find the time or the energy to figure out what I needed to do to take control So step one was I QUIT I told you I don t recommend this for everyone but for me I needed my world to stop so that I could think 2 That my best asset was me I knew I wouldn t be able to rely on anyone else to fulfill my dream I had to get a clear vision and then I believed my career would show up 3 I also knew that I loved to read I loved to research and I loved to write 4 I knew that whatever I did I needed a balance of administrative and creative in order to keep my sanity 5 AND I knew I was passionate about agriculture In the 1st week that I was a free woman truthfully I slept I don t recall being awake for any of it The 60 80 hours a day had caught up with me Week 2 I set out and made a Dream board On it I placed all the things that I wanted my life to be filled with Then I gave my business a name NATURALLY SPEAKING It was the perfect fit Scary to jump off like I did but necessary for me I think MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2009 11 40 14 AM René Groom prosserfarmgirl 185 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Entrepreneurial Spirit badge So I had the name NATURALLY SPEAKING I had been invited to come and speak at a couple events I was working to pay bills getting off at 2 00 p m to work on the business plan before my youngest got home at 3 30 I re organized my home making an office I found and re finished an old desk for work space read everything I could get my hands on about running my own business and on consulting and freelance writing I scoured papers and the internet for opportunities and even found a few I was thrilled when I was invited to write a couple of pieces for a local state ag newspaper I loved the research and meeting amazing people doing amazing things in the ag world This opportunity also allowed me to hone my wants even more as I knew I didn t want to work in conventional agriculture there were to many things that stressed me there So I set out to find the world of agriculture free of chemicals and in the box thinking I started a BlogSpot and sent out email business cards http renenaturallyspeaking blogspot com I got several inquiries from both the blogspot and the e business cards I met great people that have kept me updated and involved in agriculture and what is going on in Washington state MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2009 11 55 37 AM René Groom prosserfarmgirl 185 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge I have had chickens in the past And they are by far my favorite animal to raise I think it is their oh so independent nature But when we moved to town a few years ago I gave them away to a neighbor This year being the little rebel that I am I decided who could find fault in families wanting to have fresh organic eggs not to mention a great agricultural project for my 12 year old So I got more chickens When we got them they were really little and we kept them in a box in my office Then as they got bigger they were moved into a portable dog kennel Now they are quiet comfy in their newly built hen hotel They are 8 of the sweetest Buff Orpingtons So far so good MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2009 1 32 40 PM René Groom prosserfarmgirl 185 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Bee Good to Your Mother Earth badge We have kept a garden for years but there was still so very much to learn I read Montrose by Nancy Goodwin and found it so beautifully written spending more time with the words than maybe the content I loved how the main characters of the book were not just the people but the plants themselves And instead of chapters she uses dates as she documented the life of the 4 season garden We don t use pesticides or synthetic fertilizers instead we use companion planting and beneficial bugs Which seem to do well with the Heirloom seeds and plants we are using MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2009 1 36 45 PM René Groom prosserfarmgirl 185 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an intermediate level Bee Good to Your Mother Earth badge Last year on the Farmgirl Connection one of the farmgirls posted a link to Burt s Bees and their Community Initiative section and some PSA s that Burt was doing to educate about the bees and their failing health With that campaign they sent out organic wildflower seeds as did fellow farmgirl maven DeereDawn I grabbed tightly to both and have planted wildflowers alongside fruit trees and my veggie garden This year I have jumped into Great Sunflower Project from the Dept of Biology at San Francisco State University planting sunflowers and committing to document the bees that visit my back yard While I didn t save wildflower seeds I did manage to save and sow my own sunflower seeds this year as well I love being challenged to learn about things like this and then do what I can to do my part I also facilitated a venture between our local chapter of farmgirls the local movie theater and our farmers market to show the bee movie and invite our local honey producers to sell there goods as well as to have info on the health of bees and how we can help MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2009 1 40 10 PM René Groom prosserfarmgirl 185 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an expert level Bee Good to Your Mother Earth badge To earn my badge we checked all the hoses to make sure that they contained no lead Since we just put up a new fence and arbor we have agreed to use an eco friendly stain when we stain it I became infatuated with Pleaching when I was a crop insurance agent I was fascinated that you could take trees such as apple hazelnut peach olive pear almond and dogwood and braid the limbs to cause this living fence Pleaching is an old form of fence building very popular in old Europe so much so that William Shakespeare even wrote of it in much ado about nothing The French call it espalier Last summer we began again to compost our kitchen waste I found a great little plan from an extension office that had me dig a hole about 1 3 as deep as a galvanized trash can drill holes in the bottom of the can and bury the can Then dump all the waste in the can Works like a charm MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2009 1 57 55 PM René Groom prosserfarmgirl 185 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge There is something kind of fun about gathering all this together and finding a cute box for it I have begun to make these kits for graduation gifts and shower gifts It has been fun MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2009 2 08 52 PM René Groom prosserfarmgirl 185 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Crochet badge I have now done several rag rugs I have a cream and brown one in the basement An all purple one for a guest bedroom and this two tone yellow one for my kitchen I have also had the privilege of teaching the class at a chapter meeting at my house I am addicted to rag rugging I love it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2009 3 10 15 PM René Groom prosserfarmgirl 185 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Homespun Christmas badge I made 80 of our gifts this year And I really think that those that received them were more appreciative than they would have been had we purchased things for them I canned and made jellies and pickled asparagus pear butter embroidered kitchen towels made aprons and pajamas redecorated a friend s home painted floral pictures and sewed handbags Below is a picture of some of the organic pear butter We loved it and we felt that those getting the gifts loved it as well MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2009 3 22 08 PM René Groom prosserfarmgirl 185 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Safe Toys badge I had the wonderful privilege of attending a doll making class at MaryJanesFarm back in June of 08 I had just recently made some major changes in my life and being able to attend the class was a much needed gift

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    Up for earning an expert level Shopping Green badge I started the 2nd bag swap on the Stitching and Crafting forum with 19 farmgirls signing up Our deadline is May 1st to send out the completed bag I think it s great that we can make these and do our part to protect our earth MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 04 2009 11 21 43 AM Merry Amann Merry 536 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Heirlooms Forever badge Chose to include different heirlooms this year in my garden Read Gardening With Heirloom Seeds Lynn Coulter I planted Radishes French breakfast Lettuce Mesclun Mix Black seeded Simpson Beets Bull s Blood Mustard tender green Spinach Bloomsdale longstanding Red salad bowl Swiss Chard Rainbow 5 Color Silver Beet Italian Broccoli Rapini Raab I had Coulter s book on my reading list and finally got around to reading it What I liked about her book and how it differs from others is that she takes you through the gardening year including flowers making it easy to begin change over and maintain a year round heirloom garden MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 04 2009 11 54 29 AM Merry Amann Merry 536 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an intermediate level Shopping Green badge Made and used my homemade laundry soap Researched ways to clean that are non or less toxic and non corrosive I made laundry soap using a recipe I found here on MJ s Love it Converted two friends to homemade laundry soap by giving them samples Learned I could clean my toilet with vinegar and baking soda my tub and sinks with baking soda my dishes with liquid castile soap and soften my laundry with vinegar All of which I now do MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 04 2009 12 54 05 PM Rebekka Boysen Taylor Rebekka Mae 40 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Self sufficiency badge I spent last summer gathering lovage and basil from my garden I dried it and tucked it into little jars perfect hostess gifts for the rest of the year For my first attempts at drying it went well My friends love lovage and they had never heard of it prior MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 04 2009 1 02 26 PM Rebekka Boysen Taylor Rebekka Mae 40 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an intermediate level Self sufficiency badge I canned 24 jars of apple pie filling to share with friends and neighbors I gave them out on Election Day American Pie as it should be I froze zucchini strawberries huckleberries and tomatillos Finally I canned over 180 jars of local fruits and salsas My salsa was 100 from farm ingredients and you can taste every bit of the late summer sun in it The best part of my canning had to be when my husband was injured and out of work for three months it made it much easier to make ends meet with a FULL pantry Thank you Mary Jane I literally would not have done it without your example and Megan s encouragement MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 04 2009 1 16 53 PM Rebekka Boysen Taylor Rebekka Mae 40 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Crochet badge I made my first full rag rug in August I learned to crochet using the instructions from MaryJane s Stitching Room and a friend sat me down and helped me get started It is FABULOUS I used up old scraps of fabric I had saved from making slings so it is also full of memories The kids took it to their sunny reading spot by the front window and so I am now starting on a big one for me MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 04 2009 3 37 21 PM Gail Springman gspringman 486 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I ve earned this badge by collecting bags and making and exchanging with other farmgirls It has turned out well I have to keep my bags on the front passenger side to keep remembering to take them into the stores MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 04 2009 5 03 50 PM Tammy Bradshaw Tammyb 541 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Going Green badge For the Going Green badge I have double checked my home garage garden shed for anything that is toxic I also wrote and printed a mission statement for my home I liked that idea I have started a journal with my ideas and recipes in it for easy access And I have made a reusable bag and filled it with good green cleaners to give to my daughter I did find some nasty stuff in the garage and garden shed My husband disposed of it for me The mission statement turned out nicely I m thinking of printing it out on some nice paper and hanging it The journal was already in process so I just added new recipes that I had on slips of paper so it is now in one place And my daughter liked the surprise of a reusable bag filled with items she needed for her new apartment MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 05 2009 11 05 36 AM Julia Valovich Julia 440 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning

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    Farmgirl Sister Carrie Meerwarth 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Quilting badge Ashley joined my quilting guild meeting and learned some new sewing skills She put together a tic tac toe board and finished it up in pillowcase fashion layer sew turn then closed the small opening up by hand She also put together a larger lap sized quilt out of a fat quarter collection I bought for her I taught her how to tie her quilt and she did a beautiful job Here is what she has to say about her project I enjoy sewing and doing it at the guild was extra fun The girl scouts were there and it was fun getting to see all the finished projects the ladies did My mom taught me I picked out a bag of colors that were my favorite I loved it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 08 2009 4 05 17 PM Ashley Meerwarth farmerette of Farmgirl Sister Carrie Meerwarth 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Homespun Christmas badge Ashley earned this badge by making most of her Christmas gifts this year She made scarves for her friend s whole family six in all a bracelet for Mom that s me biscotti for Dad a painted suncatcher for Grandma and candy ornaments for the rest of her friends and distant family members She saved a lot of money and had a whole lot of fun Unfortunately we forgot to place all of her gifts together for a photo Ashley says I loved making the gifts I liked not having to use so much of my money I think they all enjoyed the homemade gifts better than store bought MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 10 2009 12 19 15 PM Carrie Meerwarth carrie m 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Light the Way badge I made my chandelier out of tin cans into which I punched a design using a hammer and large nail The secret to being able to do this was that I had pre filled the clean cans with water and placed them into the freezer until they were solid Then they were easy to work with I started by punching handle holes on either side of the can then I made a simple pattern around each can I scrounged in our garage for something I could use as the chandelier center and found an old metal ladybug wind chime I also found some discarded heavy gauge wire and a couple of metal hangers from a shop light we no longer use The two hangers fit perfectly into the top of the ladybug allowing me to add a small loop of wire to connect them for hanging on my post I then cut four equal lengths from the remaining bit of wire for the handles on the tin cans I first draped the wire over and through the ladybug then poked the two ends of each wire into the holes in the sides of the cans That gave me four lanterns hanging evenly around the edge of the ladybug Lastly I dug up some partially used candles and cut them in half to fit down inside each can I lit one candle and one can at a time dripped hot wax and stuck a half candle into each Then I lit the candles and carried the chandelier out to my post where I showcase an old but still heavily used birdhouse and some wind chimes I finished off my lovely Mother s Day by sitting nearby in my yard swing enjoying my quiet spot MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 10 2009 12 27 04 PM Carrie Meerwarth carrie m 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning an intermediate level Light the Way badge I put MaryJane s wood splitting advice to the test by working with my husband in our woodlot splitting large round logs so that they could be loaded on a trailer and taken to the house Unfortunately the wood was still greenish so it was a difficult task We used a combination of sledgehammer wedge maul and ax I found that I was able to split quite a lot of wood by slowly working away in the Brains Not Brawn fashion In the photo I am working with my son to free the maul My pile did not grow quite as quickly as his did BUT I was not sore the next day In fact I felt quite energized by the fresh air and constructive exercise MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 10 2009 12 28 15 PM Carrie Meerwarth carrie m 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning an expert level Light the Way badge I spent the month of June splitting wood for my family s woodstove It took several Saturday hours as well as several evenings for me to split and stack a full cord of wood It was difficult work since most of the logs were knotty and awkwardly shaped Though my cord was hidden from view in our processing area I did get a nice compliment through my husband He was sharing with a couple of men who also burn wood that his WIFE was home splitting wood and stacking it They were shocked and exclaimed You d better hang on to her MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 10 2009 12 42 34 PM Carrie Meerwarth carrie m 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Quilting badge I started this quilt about 7 years ago when my son saw it in a magazine and requested it I bought the fabrics and cut and sewed about 5 of the 130 nine patch squares Then I went back to school and the quilt ended up in a drawer all but forgotten So this year I set myself to finishing up old projects and this one topped the list I pulled the 20 different fabrics out organized them then started cutting and sewing The unique flow of colors was very fun to work with though a little trying to my patience I was unprepared for how much sewing was involved in this quilt I used a whole spool of dark blue thread and then used up 7 partial spools of varying dark colors trying to finish I had never machine quilted before and do not have the proper machine for this but the special design required quilting so I dove in and was pleased with the results I have a couple bubbles in the back but it was not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to turn out My son will be thrilled when on his 19th birthday in July I surprise him with the quilt he picked out all those years ago For the last piece of this badge I have definitely taught more than five people because one of the things I did with my guild was host a teaching event for the local girl scout group MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 10 2009 12 56 48 PM Carrie Meerwarth carrie m 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Aprons badge I finished the expert level of the Aprons badge by making myself a more frilly version of the apron pattern I used for the three intermediate aprons I made McCalls 3068 For the main body of the apron I used pink flowered fabric that had been given to me and added pockets and ties in a contrasting blue fabric that I already had I also found some peach solid fabric for the lining making the entire apron without purchasing anything new I love it when I can use up some of my stash for something so pretty AND useful I wear my apron everywhere including when working at the Food Co Op of which I am a member and the 4H food booth I also wore it during Easter dinner hosted by my daughters and me I love having domestic wear that makes me feel so pretty and feminine For the second apron I made a half apron from a crazy quilt that is a gift for somebody special It isn t just like my own and it s only a half apron but it s a DOOZY Really beautiful MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 25 2009 12 58 00 PM Janie Edwards janiee 390 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Crochet badge My babysitter taught me to crochet when I was 6 years old Didn t do much with it until I joined MJ s forum This past month I have crocheted several items for HAIN and donated them to a Texas hospital Also there was a lady with the school district that I work with that went online and asked for crochet help I was able to help her finish her baby blanket first time crochet project I enjoyed the month of crochet and found it to be very relaxing and lowered my blood pressure quite a bit Made my doctor very happy Also found that I am fairly good at the basics and am wanting to learn a lot more MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 25 2009 1 15 41 PM Cindy Stephens Girlonaroof 592 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level The Secret Life of Bees badge I borrowed a copy of The Secret Life of Bees from my local library Such a great book it didn t take me long to finish it I watched the Vanishing Bees trailer on the website I cleaned up my flowerbeds around my bee attracting plants black eyed susans aster purple coneflower and rhododendron I did a little research online and discovered I need to group these plants together instead of having them spread out in my garden I shared what I learned about bees and the flowers that attract them with my kids They are always excited to learn new things They loved this fact 90 foods we eat rely on bee pollination to grow With bees disappearing it compromises our food sources MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 25 2009 1 52 48 PM Audrey Beth Kirk Faransgirl 572 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Aprons badge I made three full aprons One for me one for my sister and one for my mom from fabrics chosen by the person the apron was for I let each person choose their pattern and I chose mine I made changes in the pocket of mine because the pocket was not massive enough After I finished the aprons my mom sister and I went shopping all day wearing our fancy aprons We even wore them to the stable to take care of the horses All the aprons had pockets mine self designed linings and ruffles We had a great time with our new aprons and since my sister lives with me we bought hooks while we were out shopping so we can hang them in the kitchen and keep them handy My sister and I have decided that for Christmas we are going to make aprons for all the women we normally give gifts to Hers will be for general use and mine will be Christmas ones Can t wait to get started MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 25 2009 3 10 26 PM Audrey Beth Kirk Faransgirl 572 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I collected bags from the places I shop most I got one from the quilt fair and had a couple given to me as gifts Then I made a couple I ended up with more than 6 but that s ok since I have a large family and need more for groceries It worked well I keep taking them and using them for other things They go back and forth from my mom s and my daughter s They are very useful for shopping and carrying things back and forth from the barn where I use to use old plastic bags A lot less waste MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 25 2009 3 19 56 PM Audrey Beth Kirk Faransgirl 572 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Crochet badge For my beginning level badge I decided to crochet an edge around a blanket like my Grandma used to do table runners and dishtowels I got two fleece panels and raided my Mom s yarn closet and did a border around the two panels attaching them together to make a throw I used a blanket stitch to join the two layers and attach the yarn Then I did two rows of double crochet I taught my second daughter how to crochet the basics She loved the throw and wanted to do one for herself I completed this project while in Denton caring for my youngest daughter after her car accident It turned out very nicely I love the throw and after making it I have had several requests from family and friends to make them one MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 25 2009 4 03 27 PM Merry Amann Merry 536 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge Kept a gratitude journal for 30 days Went well pretty well and I think I should keep it up It helps everyday to write down something you are grateful for if only to remind you that usually for every one thing you write down there are probably dozens more that you didn t Trying not to repeat gratitudes sometimes was tough but it seemed that a certain gratitude bore repeating so I just wrote it down along with another one for that day This is really a great way to mini journal it s low pressure and you don t feel you must bare your soul or come up with something fantastic just something you were grateful for that day MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 25 2009 4 15 05 PM Merry Amann Merry 536 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Pay It Forward badge I loosely figured we spend about 5 or so per meal so for the two of us it would be about 10 I volunteer for our local food co op and we have an option on our orders to donate money for people who use food stamps Food stamps cannot be used to pay for the membership fee or handling fee so donations cover that I chose to donate the money to the co op so that more food stamp recipients could buy healthy and organic food and not be shut out because they couldn t afford the membership fee and handling fees MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 25 2009 4 31 40 PM Merry Amann Merry 536 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Gaining Ground badge Started a compost heap and read The Earth Moved by Amy Stewart In February I purchased a composter and put it in a corner of my garden Amazing how well everything is growing in that corner Since I started it during cold weather I didn t see a lot of progress but now that it s summer I have compost It s almost like a miracle leaves grass and veggie waste turns into this wonderful fertile material It s not quite done so I will just keep adding and at the end of the summer I will use it to overwinter my garden what a great garden I will have next spring I read The Earth Moved and loved it I now feel like each worm I find in my garden is my partner helping me grow great food and make good soil I never realized there were so many different kinds of worms now I want to find that giant worm that smells like lilacs MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 25 2009 4 40 54 PM Merry Amann Merry 536 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level In the Garden badge Made a pea trellis and bean teepee with found materials I already had I had purchased last year some bamboo sticks for a bean teepee that I never made So this year using twine I lashed two sticks together to make 6 ft sticks and then arranged them teepee style and lashed those together For the pea trellis I used some tomato cages that I used last year but wasn t going to use this year for tomatoes in that they were too flimsy but folded and laced with twine and lashed to more bamboo sticks they will do just fine for the peas and cucumbers Unfortunately I have bunnies

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    supplement with organic pellets and scratch In doing this I spend only about 1 3 on feed than others I know having flocks the same size The eggs taste great with the perfect yolk to white ratio and I have had no disease in any of my birds I have included a collage picture of the guineas from beginning to now Unfortunately we are down to 3 guineas Two days ago a pack of coyotes ravaged through the flock I am currently working with the county extension office trying to have the pack captured and moved There have been many farms in this area that have fallen prey to this pack that has multiplied at an alarming rate We have a coon hound Pud that has been trained to guard the poultry The coyotes attacked her in the raid She is fine but there were just too many of them for her to fight off The 3 guineas that are left do not leave Pud s site now MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 26 2009 12 21 32 PM Victoria Montoya EastTXFarmgirl 549 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a beginner level Outstepping badge We recently moved to the Jacksonville area so just about anywhere I go I have never seen before But early one cool April morning I loaded my backpack with snacks water and camera and off through the woods I went We have a tree farm that runs along one side of our property a horse ranch on the other and a dairy in back so there is plenty of room to roam First I came upon a clearing atop a small hill where the bluebonnets the state flower of Texas had begun to bloom In East Texas the bluebonnets Indian paintbrushes and wild blackberries bloom at the same time so the hill looked like a huge Texas flag of red white and blue I cut across the dairy Of course having to stop and say good morning to Mr M and his granddaughter They had just finished the morning milking That always sounded like a picturesque kind of life but I don t think I could handle the 3 am wake ups I had never been up the back side of the dairy but after dodging a few not so dried cow patties I crossed the creek and back into the pine forest I went My mission was to locate the official state symbols I had stopped to take pictures at the bluebonnet patch and a few of a monarch butterfly the state insect of Texas fluttering around the thistles by the creek I had looked up all the symbols before I left to make sure I was searching for the right things As I walked through the huge pines I wondered how each species was chosen Why the pecan and not the pine I decided I would look that up when I got home I actually got a little nervous walking through the tree farm We had been having coyote and bobcat problems I picked up the pace a bit and soon came to the edge of our land crawled through the barbed wire fence and felt a sigh of instant safety I did not see a mockingbird the state bird of Texas on this outing but I felt assured that the very popular bird would not allude me for long That evening I told my husband I was going to build a campfire and we could roast hotdogs and marshmallows He quickly said If you want hot dogs I ll build you a fire No I have to I snapped He rolled his eyes and mumbled under his breath this farmgirl is gon make me nuts We are avid campers so building a campfire was a breeze A few weeks later I spied a mockingbird on a neighbor s mailbox I carry my camera everywhere I go now and quickly snapped a picture The pecan tree is the state tree of Texas It does not grow in the wild but there are many pecan farms in this area I drive by several when I go to work I really had a nice day of hiking and campfire building I also learned some things I became curious as to why the symbols of Texas were chosen This is what I found THE TREE In 1906 when Texas Governor James Hogg was on his deathbed he requested a pecan tree be planted at the head of his grave instead of a headstone The Governor died soon after he made his request and the pecan was planted as he had wished The Governor s unique request is credited for the choice of the pecan as the Texas state tree in 1919 The pecan is a kind of hickory generally considered to be the best tasting of the hickories and the most significant of the hickories as a nut crop Texas and Georgia are the largest producers of commercial pecans in the United States THE FLOWER The two predominant species of bluebonnets are found growing naturally only in Texas and at no other location in the world Texas actually has five state flowers and they are all bluebonnets Here is how it happened In the spring of 1901 the Texas Legislature got down to the serious business of selecting a state flower The battle was hot and heavy One legislator spoke emotionally in favor of the cotton boll since cotton was king in Texas in those days John Nance Garner who became vice president of the USA extolled the virtues of the cactus noting the hardy durability of the plant and the orchid like beauty of its flowers But the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Texas won the day Their choice was Lupinus subcarnosus generally known as buffalo clover or bluebonnet and it was passed into law on March 7 without any recorded opposition That s when the bluebonnet war started Lupinus subcarnosus is a dainty little plant which paints the sandy rolling hills of coastal and southern Texas with sheets of royal blue in the early spring But some folks thought it was the least attractive of the Texas bluebonnets They wanted Lupinus texensis the showier bolder blue beauty which covers most of Texas So off and on for 70 years the Legislature was encouraged to correct its oversight But the wise Solons of Capital Hill weren t about to get caught in another botanical trap nor did they want to offend the supporters of Lupinus subcarnosus They solved the problem with typical political maneuvering In 1971 the Legislature handled the dilemma by adding the two species together plus any other variety of bluebonnet not heretofore recorded and lumped them all into one state flower What the Legislature did not know was that the big state of Texas is home to three other species of Lupines and the umbrella clause makes all five of them the state flower And if any new species are discovered they automatically will assume the mantle of state flower as well THE BIRD Texas designated the mockingbird Mimus polyglottos as official state bird in 1927 The Texas legislature noted that the mockingbird is found in all parts of the state in winter and in summer in the city and in the country on the prairie and in the woods and hills is a singer of distinctive type a fighter for the protection of his home falling if need be in its defense like any true Texan THE INSECT The Monarch Butterfly became the Texas state insect by a 1995 resolution of the state legislature The resolution was introduced by Representative Arlene Wohlgemuth on behalf of students in her district The Monarch is unique among butterflies in that it is the only species of butterfly that does not hibernate but migrates in changing seasons WOW the internet is remarkable I got all that in a few minutes I would have had to spend the day in the library when I was in school MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 26 2009 12 32 30 PM Victoria Montoya EastTXFarmgirl 549 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge I pulled everything out of the cabinets and off I went The plastic containers without lids were put in the soap mold basket The lids without containers were tossed out Most were cracked or had splits on the lip WOW I went from two large cabinets with things shoved in all directions to one small corner cabinet I was able to take the cast iron cookware out of the oven which I have to empty every time I want to cook and into a cabinet of their own The dinnerware now has their own cabinet and I moved my many mixing bowls into the cabinet with the cast iron My kitchen does not have a lot of storage space to begin with but I had not realized how many unnecessary items I was hanging onto MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 26 2009 1 24 57 PM Rebekka Boysen Taylor Rebekka Mae 40 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level The Secret Life of Bees badge I watched the trailer for The Vanishing of the Bees which was unsettling to say the least I also added to my native plantings and included bee friendly plants next to all my veggies this year to improve pollination My goal is to have a bee friendly plant in every part of my garden by the end of the summer Reading The Secret Life of Bees was such a retreat what an amazing story I am now totally sold on supporting local honey producers and for the past year and a half we have had honey from within 30 miles Mmmmm So far I am seeing a wider variety of bees this year compared with last year I am not sure if this is related to the plants I have added but either way I am thrilled I had to hand pollinate all my squash last year but this year I am hoping the fruit will be pollinated by the experts bees MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 26 2009 1 34 07 PM Cheryl Severeide K falls farmgirl 309 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I collected the 6 reusable shopping bags I carry them in my car and never use plastic offered at checkout MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 26 2009 1 49 57 PM Shari Swartz sharikrsna 607 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge I purchased a smart spin where the containers all have the same size lids and they stack on a lazy susan taking up minimal space All of the old mismatched tupperware went to the storage shed for my boyfriend s Dad to put dip and appetizers in during his campout parties Love the smart spin The containers are tall and skinny and so fit well in our small refrigerator as well My boyfriend loves to put his homemade salsa in them It is so much easier and no digging around for lids I find that if I have something too big to fit I can just wrap it in foil or something MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 26 2009 2 16 23 PM Audrey Beth Kirk Faransgirl 572 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Sew Wonderful badge I used a french seam to make the side seams of a silk dress for my daughter to wear to my niece s wedding I used a flat seam to make a pair of green cargo pants I don t like that one it is hard to keep straight I also did an overlocked seam a rolled hem and a narrow hem Everything turned out well but the cargo pants and the seam in them was a bit crooked MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 26 2009 2 29 58 PM Lara Falcone lara916 327 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge I started a Farmgirl Gratitude journal on February 1st It s a small black moleskine notebook that I keep in my kitchen window to write in as the spirit wills me I will admit to writing sporadically in my Farmgirl Journal since mid May but this has been a great exercise that I will continue throughout my life Here are a few I accumulated throughout several months I am grateful that I have a healthy mind and body I am grateful for the peace of early morning I am grateful for bees I am grateful that I was able to get some time to myself today I am grateful for my fellow farmgirls I am grateful for my gift of patience I am grateful for my courage I am grateful for my herbal knowledge I am grateful for laughter MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 22 2009 4 39 40 PM Cheryl Severeide K falls farmgirl 309 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level In the Garden badge I made my own trellis for my tomatoes and berries from used wire fencing and terra cotta yard lamp covers I also made wood teepee poles for my green pole beans Everything is growing nicely and the terra cotta helped warm the plants and protected them from frost The fencing keeps the chickens from eating the new leaves MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 24 2009 12 19 03 PM Lindy Gessaman Sister Love 630 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I purchased 10 reusable shopping bags and take them when we go grocery shopping I m given five cents back for each bag I use at the store The bags are very handy I m disabled so having better reusable bags also helps me carry things instead of ripping bags and throwing them away This is saving trees and helping to keep more plastic from ending up in the landfill MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 24 2009 4 45 44 PM Lindy Gessaman Sister Love 630 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an intermediate level Shopping Green badge I discovered in MaryJane s books and magazine that Bon Ami cleanser is environmentally safe Also looked at my local stores for green cleaning products I purchased Seventh Generation dish soap which is non toxic biodegradable and hypo allergenic They make other products that I will purchase over time I recently bought Green Works natural all purpose cleaner from Clorox I love the Seventh Generation dish soap My hands don t get dried out using it and I feel great not polluting the environment I haven t done a lot of cleaning yet with the Green Works cleaner but what little I have done is so much better because it doesn t stink with awful fumes As I mentioned in my other application for the beginner level badge I am disabled so many of the categories I can t quality for but many of them I ll try my best Thanks for all the inspiration MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 24 2009 5 03 51 PM Lara Falcone lara916 327 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge I ve wanted to learn to knit for so long and I never had any hope to I m dyslexic and reading instructions with left right top over completely discombobulates me I found a great youtube video with instructions on how to finger knit that had just steps with no voice track It made it so easy I practiced from about 1 00 2 00 and then spent from 2 00 4 40 actually making the finished product It s much simpler than I had imagined to do and I plan on teaching my daughter this year for First Grade craft time homeschool I m pretty excited about all the applications to this as well I can t wait to make bracelets ribbon belts and to just have fun with all sorts of fabric Now I can t wait until fall I need a reason to sit awhile I took baby steps First is the first thing I made today then the second and finally the finished product MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 24 2009 5 19 28 PM Audrey Beth Kirk faransgirl 572 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge I earned this badge by keeping a daily journal recording the things I am grateful for During this time I also started a journal on positive thinking to bring the things you want into your life Keeping the journal on things I am grateful for made me realize that although I am not where I want to be in my life I am still very happy and have so many blessings It also made me aware that I have achieved a lot of the things I wanted and am capable of

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    the arabian breed and the tail carriage I love the soft eyes and the intelligence that has been carefully bred into them for thousands of years I was given an opportunity last week to meet a friends Quarter Horse named Joseph or Joe for short He is a sweet 8 year old chesnut gelding She also let me ride him for about 45 minutes giving me an impromptu riding lesson at the same time If anything my love of horses has been growing stronger these past few months I am at the barn every day to care for my own horse but am also making friends and contacts in the horse community I feel like through the horses I am putting out roots and growing MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 22 2009 2 35 19 PM Lori Schmalz squirrelfeathers 640 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I ve collected six or more reusable shopping bags and I commit to using them for all shopping I really enjoy all the different bags there are How could anyone pass em up Not only do they reduce waste but they re so bright fun they re everywhere MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 22 2009 2 53 43 PM Lori Schmalz squirrelfeathers 640 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I made a sewing kit out of a mason jar and a pinkeeper on the lid using Mary Jane s instructions Kit includes the following small scissors tape measure pins needles different threads buttons Very Cute I used fabric ribbon scraps left from a dress I made for the daughter of a friend I ll be makin a couple more for my sisters Lot s of fun MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 22 2009 3 08 16 PM Debra Swan Debra Swan 462 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge My Husband and I started building a barn for our animals We have pigs and goats so we thought we would raise chickens as well So we ordered chickens So excited I think it turned out great We are loving it So much fun Our grandson we have been teaching him farm life He loves collecting eggs We keep a journal on how many eggs we can get everyday MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 22 2009 3 21 31 PM Ingrid Schoolkate Ingrid 475 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Bee Good to Your Mother Earth badge I plant a garden every year without any pesticides use newspaper and compostable bark mulch along my paths to cut down on weeds This year I planted heirloom tomatoes outside to experiment I use companion planting to cut down on pests I am making my first batch of bread and butter pickles from Zuchini yesterday Zuchini works better than cukes as it is denser and stays crisp Ate the first tomato from my greenhouse nice firm flesh and sweet taste MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 22 2009 3 33 46 PM Blair Gunberg blair 695 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Going Green badge Every chemical laden cleaning product in my house has been replaced by some combination of vinegar baking soda Dr Bronners soap locally made goat s milk soap washing soda Borax essential oils and dried lavender The other member of my chapter and I have shared recipes for cleaning products and made large batches of laundry detergent together and shared the ideas with other friends I ll never go back to the old way Especially after finding out what s in dryer sheets and how much better my clothes smell after being dried with a homemade sachet of dried lavender MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 22 2009 3 56 15 PM Debra Swan Debra Swan 462 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level In the Garden badge Well my metal trellis didn t uphold the weather So I thought why not make a natural one out of twigs So my husband cut some for me and I built it the way I wanted it to look like I love it I have had many people ask where did I get it and boy does it feel good saying that I made it myself MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 22 2009 4 21 52 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I have purchased and have been consistently using Walmart s reususable shopping bags I have 6 black and 1 blue I also have and use the insulated zippered bag that is used for frozen cold items I also have a pink bag from Sprouts that I use to carry food items when traveling Sprouts sold them in October which is Breast Cancer Awareness month They sold red one at Christmas so I have one of those For carrying 6 bottles of wine Sprouts had a sectioned reususable tote so that is in my collection as well I also have purchased a turquoise one from Albertsons which is used as well All of these bags are in my car so I always have them and always use them A really pretty pink paisley one from our local King Soopers which is taller than most is PERFECT for transporting all of my beading supplies These bags hold more are durable

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    size and I tried to match the pattern self striping yarn up so that the bloomers would look nicely matched when I stitched them together My swap partner said she loved them and even posted a picture for all the other sisters to ooohh and aaahhh over That just made my day MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 23 2009 1 23 18 PM Jennifer Porter arabianhorselover 561 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I made three cute half aprons One for me and two for my Hillbilly Honey Sisters I used bee fabric for the apron and black polka dot for the waistbands ties and pockets I then trimmed the pockets and bottom of the aprons with cute lace and eyelet trim They turned out so cute that I am going to make a few more I just love them and my friends love them too MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 23 2009 1 45 10 PM Lora Rosencrans FARMALLchick 358 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Connecting Growers and Eaters badge We drove 4 hours to help DeereDawn with her garden on a weekend visit We picked broccoli and green beans We also pulled some weeds before we got rained on Lance and Lliam were helping too MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 23 2009 2 09 24 PM Tracy Roop Yarngirl 736 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Bee Good to Your Mother Earth badge This spring I planted a garden in my back yard I don t have a lot of space so I limited myself to a 12X10 foot patch of ground In that space I planted corn green beans potatoes peas carrots broccoli sunflowers and strawberry plants I am against any chemical fertilizer or pesticide I DO NOT want my family eating those nasty things I checked out the book Montrose Life in a Garden I loved how it talked about each month of the year and the illustrations were fantastic What an inspirational book My little garden produced A LOT My corn was so sweet my green bean s are still producing my kids loved eating the peas right from the garden and my favorite was the carrots Just brush off the dirt and eat So yummy For fertilizer I hauled a huge garbage sack of horse manure in my car from my parents farm in northern Idaho As far as pests the only problem I had was with ants I researched different options on the market but the majority of them were chemical and that s not for me So I got on the Maryjane s forums and asked what people use and one lady suggested I used corn meal It worked like a dream MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 23 2009 2 16 03 PM Tracy Roop Yarngirl 736 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I already had 5 reusable shopping bags so I got the 6th one today while shopping I used all 6 today at the grocery store and I was AMAZED how much more fit into one of those vs a plastic bag And I don t have to worry about the bag splitting and spilling my groceries on the ground any more I m totally sold on using the reusable bags from now on MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 23 2009 2 52 33 PM Tracy Roop Yarngirl 736 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Plan It Forward badge This spring when I planted my garden I planted an extra row of carrots Carrots are my favorite right from the garden treat This year I decided to try a different brand than I had used in previous years After looking around I decided on using a dwarf brand They taste wonderful However when I planted I was a little over the top and ended up with WAY too much for my little family so I decided to give them out to other families I shared with several friends along with donating an entire row to the local food bank The lady at the food bank was so pleased to get some garden fresh produce Along with the row of carrots I also donated an entire picking of green beans too It felt good to help other families in my community I ve included a picture of one basket of carrots I got MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 23 2009 3 00 55 PM Tracy Roop Yarngirl 736 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching and Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge I was so excited when I saw this category in the merit badges When my great Aunt passed away in 2003 at the ripe old age of 93 she was a farm girl born raised and loved it I inherited her button collection The collection consists of hundreds of buttons all gathered in 3 different jars One of the jars I gifted to my mom another farm girl and I kept the other 2 jars My great Aunt who was born in 1910 lived through all the wars starting with World War I and ending with the present day military conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq Because she grew up in financially hard times in a financially strapped family she learned how to be thrifty from birth I didn t realize how thrifty she was until we were going through her stuff after her death The best example I can give you is her button collection and her elastic zipper collection As I opened each jar one big pickle one mayonnaise and one large peanut I was thrilled with my treasures There are buttons so small I m not sure what they came off of up to buttons almost 3 inches in diameter Metal buttons plastic buttons wood buttons and button made out of some mystery material Buttons off of coats shirts dresses and every other article of clothing she recycled My great Aunt was an avid quilter and now I know where the buttons went off of all those clothes she recycled into her quilts She recycled absolutely everything possible and threw very little away There was even 2 drawers in her craft dresser filled with hundreds of old zippers and elastic cut from my great Uncle s old underwear I received many home made items from her and it amuses me that the skirt I loved so much as a child probably had my great uncle s underwear elastic in it Anyway that is the story of my button collection and the amazing woman they came from I have started trying to pick through the collection for the more odd ones or the most antique looking ones so I can do some research I have challenged myself to find the oldest and oddest button of the collection and use them in a collage with photos of my great Aunt one of the truest farm girls I have ever met If you would like to hear more of her story I m more than willing to tell it as you can plainly see MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 23 2009 3 14 10 PM Tracy Roop Yarngirl 736 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching and Crafting for earning a beginner level Crochet badge I ve been crocheting since I was 10 years old But each year I make a variety of gifts both birthday and Christmas for my friends and family This summer I taught my best friend how to crochet a dishcloth Soon after our lesson she called me upset because she had lost her hooks Well that gave me the idea of making her a pouch she could put her crochet hooks in so she wouldn t lose them anymore I used her favorite color purple and crocheted a simple envelope looking bag that had 4 skinny pockets for her hooks a bigger pocket for her scissors and a place to keep her yarn needles too I think it turned out pretty cute considering I made it up as I went along It took me almost 4 hours to complete it to my satisfaction MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 23 2009 3 27 21 PM Lara Falcone lara916 327 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching and Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I made this dress from two apron patterns that I found online one for a no sew jean apron and a second a retro half apron pattern I meshed the two and made it my own I made some mistakes one being beautiful pleats on the inside of the apron facing my legs Overall I love how it turned out MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 23 2009 3 37 24 PM Lara Falcone lara916 327 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I ve been using two of these for awhile but I always left them in my car or at home I have finally come up with a system that works for me Four of these fold together easily and fit into my purse and two fold into themselves and click onto my purse side pockets I ve gotten a few strange looks but mostly the checkers know what to do with them or I bag myself I certainly hope this becomes more commonplace MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 23 2009 3 49 27 PM Vicki Meeds pearlsnjeans 120 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching and Crafting for earning an intermediate level Aprons badge My apron was made after the Clearfield Country Gals first meeting We all used the Farmgirl Apron pattern and agreed to wear the aprons to the October meeting My apron was made from a flour sack white with pink roses This was the first time I have added bias tape I am proud to wear it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 23 2009 3 59 28 PM Vicki Meeds pearlsnjeans 120 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching and Crafting for earning a expert level Aprons badge Christmas 2008 I made three aprons one for myself and one for each of my daughters in law The aprons are full and similar in style They were made from different Christmas fabrics and decorated to match The aprons were a hit The three of us wore them to a girls only luncheon and cookie exchange I think we ll make it a tradition MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 23 2009 4 09 01 PM Sharalyn Paetz angora girl 341 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge I kept a gratitude journal for 2 months At first it was easy to think of simple things that I was grateful for As time went on there were some mornings when I would write the same thoughts would come to my mind and then I would have to review what I had written and think of other things that I had not expressed gratitude for I thought this was such a great idea that I made my children start a Gratitude page in the Bible Notebooks MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 23 2009 4 18 13 PM Sharalyn Paetz angora girl 341 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Families Forever badge We have started a weekly game nigt My children range from age 8 9 months We play a variety of games Candy Land Ice Breaker Dominoes and have learned two new games called Qwarkle and Dutch Blitz My children are homeschooled so we do a lot of reading together We have also started reading longer stories together each morning before breakfast We just finished reading a book called Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow The children are having fun with our reading time together We have begun a new book The Borrowers by Mary Norton The kids like our game playing time as well We will continue doing both of these activities as our new family traditions MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 23 2009 4 29 12 PM Sharalyn Paetz angora girl 341 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge I have had rabbits for a while now On June 8th my doe had 7 babies At 3 weeks old one died due to heat stroke On August 9th I sexed my rabbits and found out that I had 3 boys and 3 girls I separated the boys from the girls and on Aug 16th at 10 weeks old I butchered the boys for meat My rabbits get a fairly good amount of Organic food Though the hay and pellets are not organic they get a nice supply of vegetables from my garden that are The butchering was not easy for me It is a bit of a shock to the system taking a life I am still considering if I will continue raising rabbits for meat production It was a good experience and I am glad I learned how to do it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 23 2009 4 42 42 PM Donna Rae Barrow donna rae 593 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Going Green badge I was so inspired by all the safe green ideas in the magazine I went for it I took all the chemical filled cleaners from my home They were replaced with spray bottles of vinegar and water baking soda for scrubbing homemade laundry soap recipe courtesy of MJF and homemade dish detergent We agreed as a family to use only green cleaning products for our safety and health and that of the environment I keep all my recipes and tips in a file for future reference I told all my coworkers about this change and even shared the laundry soap recipe with my daughter in law This is a wonderful change for us especially since our family has MANY allergies and sensitivities My glass is shiny and I LOVE the laundry soap best of all no oversudsing in my front loading machine MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 23 2009 4 51 32 PM Donna Rae Barrow donna rae 593 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge At the beginning of 2009 we started purchasing reusable shopping bags and vowed to use them on all shopping trips We now own at least a dozen of these bags and give them to our children when they visit filled with veggies from the garden Then we get another reusable bag to replace ours and two families have reusable bags for their next shopping trip It was really tough at first to remember to bring the bags We started storing the bags in our cars but even then we would forget and leave them in the car Finally we started reminding each other as we were headed off to the store or as we were walking across the parking lot Within a couple of trips it became habit to bring and use these bags on every trip to the store or market MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 24 2009 10 20 59 AM Nancy Marshall nancym 159 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a expert level Entrepreneurial Spirit badge I had been unhappily working as an accountant in the corporate world for years I hated spending all day at a desk and away from the house A friend asked me to take on doing his business books from home I did this in addition to my full time job Through word of mouth I gained more clients over time With my husbands support I quit my corporate job and went out on my own as a CPA I couldn t be happier I love working with small business owners Getting to know all about a given business and helping out with good financial tax advice from my years of experience is very fulfilling I now help other people set up their own small businesses I don t advertise much at all 90 of my business comes from referrals from happy clients As a bonus I get to make my own schedule which gives me almost enough time to take care of our little farmette My business is Marshall Accounting LLC My website isn t up yet just a placeholder but it is www marshallaccounting com MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 24 2009 10 32 08 AM Donna Rae Barrow donna rae 593 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level In the Garden badge I have made trellises out of scrap lumber and garden twine I

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    Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 19 2009 3 10 59 PM Alyssa Reid Alee 8 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a intermediate level Get It Together badge We have everything we need for a working kitchen Sharp Knives Bamboo Cutting board Mandolin for slicing Apple Peeler Corer Crock Pot Bake over skillet Iron Skillet set Stainless Steel Skillet Set Various measuring and mixing bowls and spoons And one true joys My Kitchen Aid Mixer It s so nice to open my apron drawer and pull out a fresh apron and know exactly where to find everything I need to cook a wholesome meal for my family MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 19 2009 3 18 19 PM Alyssa Reid Alee 8 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an expert level Get It Together badge I learned to sharpen our straight blade knives with the steel that comes with the set Each year we take our knives to our local knife sharpening service to make sure the edge is true My husband kindly showed me the correct angle and pressure to strope the knife against the steel Now as I am preparing our meals if I feel the knife losing it s edge it doesn t take but a second to return the knife to razor sharpness MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 19 2009 3 28 57 PM Michele Blumberg seasister 739 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I began collecting reusable shopping bags from all the places I shop both grocery and other types of shopping I learned about the terrible glut of plastic bags that pollute the earth and the oceans and began to gently tell others about it I began to give away these bags to family and friends It has turned out really well I am becoming known amongst family and friends as the Bag Lady a title of which I am quite proud I overheard my 7 year old grand daughter telling a friend My Nana hates plastic bags And proceed to tell her why I am happy to pass on this habit MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 20 2009 12 34 37 PM Kimberly Ann Devlin Cherrypie 225 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Grow Where You re Planted badge I researched local wildflowers in my area of Western Washington and discovered Bleeding Heart a plant that is popular with bees butterflies and hummingbirds Some regard it as invasive It originated in Asia but it has been found growing wild in my area likely spread from a garden somewhere Fairy Slipper A native perennial plant It cannot self pollinate it needs bumblebees to survive It is found in moist soils with decaying leaves and wood Enchanter s Nightshade a woodland plant that grows in the temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere The seeds are dispersed in burrs on feathers fur clothing etc It is not related to deadly nightshade Queen Anne s Lace known as invasive but one of my favorites it is a biennial plant related to the wild carrot It can be found along roadsides old fields Some sources say it should be avoided because it crowds out native species Ferns Washington has tons of ferns Besides being lovely and providing shelter for animals they consume CO2 and provide Oxygen in return Endangered plants in my area are Marsh sandwort Golden Paintbrush Water howellia Kincaid s lupine Nelson s checker mallow I learned quite a bit about my local plants I decided to create an embroidery piece of the species I researched rather than create a pressing My embroidered piece will hang in my living room and the lovely plants can stay in the forest MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 20 2009 12 45 52 PM Kimberly Ann Devlin Cherrypie 225 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge I took the day and organized my pantry and cupboards I got rid of out of date items listed what I was in need of and what I already had too much of and now I can find what I need when I need it My tupperware type bowls are all matched and I have a functional pantry now Turned out great MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 20 2009 12 59 14 PM Kimberly Ann Devlin Cherrypie 225 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Heirlooms Forever badge I read Ms Coulter s book and found it inspiring I ve placed an order for some lovely heirloom flowers that I ve never grown before and I should be well over the 5 mark for heirloom plantings in my garden next spring I m so excited to see the heirloom blooms next year MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 21 2009 09 21 24 AM Kimberly Ann Devlin Cherrypie 225 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level The Secret Life of 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