Friday, May 20, 2011

Farmgirl Meeting

Thank to everyone for your sweet comments yesterday! Amanda, I have permanently adopted "ham sandwich" as part of my vocabulary now! 

So, on to our Farmgirl group....
We formed a really great group with a number of ladies who are neighbors a few years ago. 
The idea came from Mary Jane, who has Farmgirl groups all over the nation now! 
She runs a program a lot like 4-H, where you can earn badges for learning how to crochet, sewing, canning...all kinds of domestic arts that many of us are just picking up now! There is so much to tell, so you can read more about it here.  It has been such a wonderful way to have a circle of women to learn from!

We decided to call ourselves the Fairview Farmgirls, after the name of our area that we live in.
 The little girls have a group, too ...the FFA's {Future Farmgirls of America}!!

We haven't gone as far as doing the badge thing, but our focus has been on learning something new each time we meet.  We usually rotate homes and meet about every three months or so. 
Our meetings are relaxed and so fun and a great way for the kids to learn, too. 

Yesterday, I hosted and my Mom lined up a guest speaker who is a beekeeper.
 I am so lucky that they live about two miles from me!!
As you can see, the Fairview Farmgirls have women of all ages. 
That is what makes it so special, to me:).
This is about half of our group. 
There are always a few that can't make it, and sometimes our group is as many as 20 people.



Justin, "The Bee Guy," as I like to call him and his wife, Heidi, were so incredibly knowledgeable.
 I am just skimming the surface in my research, and I think I learned more in an hour from him than in all of my reading. He brought examples of everything you needed to get started and even plans to build your own hive.


I had no idea that you needed at least two hives...in case you lose one to disease.
 And do you see the bottom two boxes on the apiary? 
Those two stay for the bees to live off of. There will be over 100 pounds of honey for them to eat through the winter. You add to the top, and each of those will produce about 30 pounds of honey. 

I am so thrilled that he offered to do 4 more classes for us AND a field trip for the kids to his farm. 
They recently bought a 150 year old homestead just down the road.
Too fun!

After the presentation, we exchanged little Spring gift baskets. Isn't this one darling?
I also made Pioneer Woman's carrot cake and set out refreshing lemonade in Mason Jars.
Can you tell I have a thing for jars?
 I added a little fabric ribbon to the top:).
It complimented the mini flower baskets.

It was such a fun day! 


I made a little something for my Mom, too, who helped me like crazy to set up.
Our next meeting will be on pressure canning. My neighbor, Kimberlee, will be demonstrating. 
I can't wait to introduce her to you. She is absolutely amazing and has been such a mentor to me! 
This month, she is launching a new business with her family, and I am excited to feature them. 
I am REALLY thrilled that I get to sample and review a couple of their products!!


If you have been thinking about organizing a group like this, I would just encourage you!
The friendships and support you receive from knowing and loving your neighbors is priceless.

Have a great weekend:).

~Julia

5 comments:

Amanda said...

Mercy.

I only wish I could have been there!!!

A beekeeper!

Farmgirl meetings!

I'm truly inspired and ready to start one up of my own. It's such a great idea. We women all need more domestication in our lives and what an awesome way to do this.

I must say that you are a cool hostess;) From everything to the picnic table under the tent to the lemonade tied with ribbon in mason jars.
sooo cool.

I truly loved this post;)

Bevy said...

That is way awesome. Sounds like so much fun. I would love to do or be a part of something like this as well. I'll have to check into it - a bit more.

What a "bee"autiful day, you had.

Lisa said...

What a fun way to share ideas and new some new things! I love the little flower pots you made that can be planted....so cute. That would be a great favor for a bridal or baby shower too!

Christan said...

Congrats to you for having an idea and following through it! What a beautiful picture of community...such intentional community. Companionship, togetherness, life-long learning - I love it! And I love, love, love your little flower baskets.

Peggy said...

Oh my goodness! What fun. I wish I could come. Farmgirl meetings, I've never heard of that. When I was little my mom went to meeting with other ladies in the area. We lived in rural MO. Maybe it was the same thing. Super idea!

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