Self-reliance and sustainability in the 21st century.
If you love learning modern homesteading skills and sharing them with your friends and family, then you embody the spirit behind MaryJane’s Farmgirl Sisterhood. MaryJane Butters, editor of the magazine MaryJane’s Farm, began the organization out of her passion for the organic farming lifestyle. The Sisterhood is open “to all farmgirls or farmgirls at heart.” By signing up to the “Farmgirl Chatroom,” you’ll have access to the site’s forum, where like-minded women across the country connect. With topics ranging from “Farmgirl Swap” to “Nifty Thrifty,” the forum provides a place for do-it-yourselfers to share stories and ideas, and to sell homemade goodies. There is even a list of blogs for farmgirls of every type: city, mountain, suburban, ranch or rural.
You don’t have to join the Sisterhood to browse the awesome handmade products, read the blogs from other Farmgirls, contribute to the online forums or participate via Facebook (www.facebook.com/maryjane.butters). For $25, however, you can become a member and receive a membership badge, special product offers, the monthly newsletter and more. Similar to a grown-up version of Girl Scouts, chapter members can earn merit badges in 58 interest areas, including beekeeping, sewing and embroidery, natural cooking and food preservation, and gardening and composting. To learn more, or to join or start a local Farmgirl chapter, check out the Sisterhood’s website.
Jennifer Kongs is the Managing Editor at MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine. When she’s not working at the magazine, she’s likely working in her garden, on the local running trails or in her kitchen instead. You can find Jennifer on Twitter or Google+.