Five Marys Farm

Three years ago, Mary and her husband Brian were high-powered Silicon Valley lawyers/entrepreneurs who traded it all away to live the Carhartt way of life. Armed with a strong work ethic and the fearlessness to ask lots of questions, the couple and their four daughters who all share the first name of Mary – but who go by their middle name to keep things “simple” – have proudly become a fully-functioning ranch that sells its meats all over the country.

With a background in biology and business, Mary navigates the world of farming with a unique perspective, considering it a privilege to care for sick or injured animals. When Mary’s not tending to the daily grind of caring for the land and livestock, she’s tending to the business side of things.

Thanks to the movement of knowing where your food comes from, the marketing of the Five Marys’ story has resonated with people near and far. In fact, Mary estimates that 80% of their orders come from people who’ve found them on Instagram, and if you follow @maryheff.5marysfarms on Instagram you’ll immediately see why.

As for the farm itself, the 1,800-acres of land are nestled in a valley of the Pacific Coast Ranges. Weather swoops in dramatically – no matter what chores lie ahead. And at any hour of the day, you’ll be certain to find one of the four younger Marys covered in mud as they chase a little lamb or collect eggs in the barn.

“I am so proud of the life we get to give our girls living and working together on the ranch,” Mary beams when talking about being the mother of four young farm girls. “I don’t think I gave my girls enough credit before we moved here,” she continues, “I made their lunches and filled their water bottles and did all of their laundry, not really expecting them to do too much. By necessity, when we moved to the ranch the girls had to step up to the plate and start helping more, and they are so much more capable because of it.”

MaryFrances or Francie, is the oldest at 9. She loves dogs, looking after all the animals, and reading books. MaryMarjorie or Maisie, is 8 years old. You’ll often find her following her dad around the ranch, helping out in any way she can. MaryJane, or JJ, is a fashion-forward 6-year-old fireball. While sweet little MaryTeresa, also called Tessa or Tiny, is a perpetually happy 4-year-old with a giant smile on her face and typically a tiny animal tucked away in her arms.

We all have the same few wishes for our children: that they are happy, healthy, and they have a spot of dirt where they can run, play, and call home. We hope laughter echoes in their bellies and independence grows steadily with each of their adventures. We want them to be kind and thoughtful, tough, and clever.

We hope you’ll join us in saluting Mary Heffernan, a cut-and- dried example of what it means to be a Carhartt Mom. Stay tuned with daily updates on instagram.

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Pint-Sized Horse Lover

Meet Stormie and her horse loving daughter, Riggin. Horse loving runs in the family. Stormie’s children are the 6th generation to be raised on their Colorado ranch. Each one of them has been riding since they were in utero, and as soon as Riggin could hold her head up she’s been in the saddle with Stormie.

This little one is filled with such passion for horses. Every time Riggin is taken off Clovis’ back, she’s genuinely bummed. With that passion comes a ferociously independent spirit. She walked around like the owned the joint, imitating her mother’s every move.

Stormie’s wish for her daughters is that whatever lifestyle they choose some day, that they’ll always feel at home on the back of a horse. Dare I say that many of you feel the same way?

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Riggin is wearing a T-Shirt fit for any ranch girl with a hankering for horses. Take a closer look here.

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Carhartt Force Performance T-Shirt

Don’t be deceived. This is not an athletic shirt. Yes, it’s designed to wick sweat and fight odors, but Carhartt Force takes it a step further to blocks stains. When you spend your days working on the ranch, you don’t need a gym. Mucking stalls and lifting saddles is where you put in your reps, and it’s a heck of a lot more fun. Doing your job is the greatest fitness routine you could ever perform. It’s good for you, good for the land, and good for the critters.

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Childhood on a Ranch

A spirit of freedom flourishes in kids that grow up in the country. There’s a maturity that comes with doing chores and caring for animals, not to mention, a wisdom that comes from soaking up nature. The sun rises and sets. You depend on the land and the land depends on you.

What was your country kid experience like? Share you story with us at craftedincarhartt@carhartt.com.

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She Might Be A Ranch Kid

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Rachel told the sweetest story about her daughter, Jessa. These are her words below.

Jessa was running around with a purse on each shoulder, heading towards the door.

Jessa says: “G’bye Mommy!”
Me: “Bye! Where are you going?”
Jessa: “shopping”
Me: “Have fun. What are you going to get while you are shopping?”
Jessa: “Um…umm…salt and mineral.”

She might be a ranch kid.

Chore Day with Rachel and Jenny Boswell

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Rachel and Jenny taught us how to plant trees earlier this week. We also did chores around the ranch while we were out. It’s amazing how fun work can be when you’re keeping toasty in Carhartt and hanging with friends. It’s the time of year for sandstone. You know, the trademark canvas-like material that’s sturdy and incredibly warm.

Rachel is wearing: Carhartt Women’s Sandstone New Hope Jacket, Hamilton Flannel Shirt II, & Original-Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree & Jenny is wearing: Carhartt Weathered Wildwood Jacket, Hamilton Flannel Shirt II, & 1889 Slim-Fit Double-Front Denim Dungaree.

Road Trip Hacks

Packing light and right can be a difficult task. Here are a few pointers I’ve discovered in my travels. One thing I’ve found to be true on every trip is that the more uses an item has, the more it comes in handy. Here are a few of my dual purpose road trip hacks.

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Key products to bring along on any western road trip: Carhartt Women’s Calumet Long-Sleeve V-Neck, Carhartt Chicago Logo Tee (exclusively available in Chicago stores), Women’s Minot Shirt, Women’s Halley Shirt, Women’s Equestrian Belt, Women’s Cascade Jacket, Women’s Series 1889 Slim-Fit Double-Front Denim Dungaree, Carhartt Water Bottle, Clarkston Cami Tank, Carhartt Women’s El Paso Shorts, & Carhartt Legacy 23″ Gear Bag. All of these items are staples for an outdoor adventure. Make sure to pack clothing that can be layered and re-worn. The weather can be unpredictable. Come prepared.

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Use mini storage bins to organize snacks, toiletries, and even jewelry. This helps when packing in a duffle bag where things get messy fast. On a road trip, having a variety of snacks at your fingertips keeps you entertained and satisfied with less food. Avoid salty items if possible. It will keep you from drinking too much water and the need for multiple bathroom breaks.

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I always pack a few dryer sheets in my luggage. They keep dirty clothes from stinking up the rest of your things. Also, by rubbing a dryer sheet over a garment, you prevent static. That is an invaluable trick to know, particularly when it’s colder outside.

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Save old pill bottles. They come in handy as waterproof containers. You can pack a mini first aid kit, fit a bottle filled with quarters into your car cup holder to facilitate paying road tolls, or even use it for moisturizers or hair care products. The secure lid will set your mind at ease. No one wants shampoo exploding all over their clothes.

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Shower caps are a normal enough travel item. Obviously you can use them in the shower, but they’re also perfect for packing dirty boots. Let’s face it, Carhartt girls very rarely have clean boots. Truthfully, I leave shower caps on my Wellington’s even when I store them in my closet at home. If you’re staying a hotel, ask the front desk if they have extra caps available.
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Ziplocks are another packing favorite of mine. I use them to optimize my organization. Keep your electronic cords and chargers together. Pack a bag with each day’s outfit, then load up the outfit bags into your duffle. This will save you time later and you won’t have to dig around for socks or a certain shirt later on. I often keep my phone in a ziplock when I know I’ll be outdoors a good bit of the time. Your phone can still sense touch through the plastic and it’s protected from dirt and rain.

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Binder clips are a great thing to carry. You can use them for clipping sunglasses to the car visor, managing hair bands, covering shaving razors, clipping together receipts from your trip, etc… The possibilities are endless. Just buy a bag of these things to keep on hand. You’ll be glad you did.

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Now get out there and have an adventure!

my travel outfit: Carhartt Women’s Pondera Shirt, Original-Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree, & Women’s Wellington Boots